Yorkshire’s first iron distance triathlon! How could I not be involved in that? I’d said at the end of 2018 that, having spent a lot of money on events, I wasn’t going to enter anything this year. Let’s face it, we all knew that resolve wouldn’t last. And it didn’t survive the announcement of this race at Newby Hall near Ripon.
I had entered the 3-2-1 Swim, which was a three day event involving a triple, double and single iron distance swim across the three days. However, because I didn’t want to get bored in the breaks between swims, I had also entered the Run to Max 48. This is a pretty simple concept that involves running as many laps of the 1.1 mile circuit as you can in forty eight hours. My plan was to swim in the mornings, run in the afternoons, sleep at night, and see how far that took me.
Yesterday was my first experience of a bike race! It’s something I’ve been wanting to have a go at for about a year. British Cycling are actively encouraging more women to race and so are increasing the number of opportunities for women to try racing. I entered a category 4 race , which is open to all women of all ages and abilities.
Guest blog by Sarah Hobbs, who raced her first cycle circuit race this weekend.
The whole Breca experience was incredible, but the race was a game of two halves. The first half, till the final exit of Buttermere - where the sprint race ended - was a tough adventure race that involved some technical running and some beautiful swimming. The second half, consisting of the brutal fell run over Dale Head and the weary swim across Derwent, was more of a trial of strength. Strength of body and mind.