So it is not a good sign when you are swimming out to the start of the swim and your back jams!
As you could probably tell the swim (never my strong point) was more of a struggle than normal. I got out towards the end of my wave..but towards the front of the wave after me....
After about 6k on the bike my back was starting to feel good. I thought this was the moment, time to take it up a notch. So i clicked up the gears, got out of the seat and started to go for it when it happened again
My back........Was almost gone
So what to do 6k's out? I put it into a low gear and tried to spin it out. It was a long course when your spinning like i was!
After the slowest bike...ever....i rolled into transition. It was then i saw my wife who was worried (i was doing this tri with a first timer Ben...who did awesome...but she was worried when i was so far behind him!)
It was make or break time. Should i stop or just try and shuffle my way through?
Of course i went for it. I battled through the run to finish in around 1:28 or so
I was slow on the bike and my run was nothing that great but......i was pretty proud of my effort. This was the first time that i had finished a race not wondering "what if"
And it has given me motivation for the next one!