This past weekend saw the Discovery Triathlon World Cup take place in Cape Town.
I was originally going to compete in the Sprint Triathlon distance: 500m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run. while in training, I realised that swimming is a discipline on its own and I need a lot more training with swimming coach to perfect the swimming strokes and swim more in open waters.
so I downgraded to the Sprint Duathlon: 5km run, 20km cycle, 2,5km run. It was a good distance to tackle as I haven’t been running a lot, and most of my cycling took place in the gym.
Starting the run with a 5km was easy and fast, it’s when I got back to the transition area to get the Bicycle that I was a bit nervous but I just convinced myself to take it one pedal at a time. I had to cycle 2 laps of 10km, it was weird being that long, the 1st lap was a bit hard, had to change the pedal level till I got a comfortable one that I could use throughout the race. about 7km into the 1st lap, I was got in a collision, luckily I walked away with just a scraped knee and big bruise around it but others were seriously injured. I had one more lap to go and I was nervous and throughout but I wanted to complete the race and just took it easy. The bike seat got very uncomfortable and I had to take short breaks, eeeek!!
The 2nd run which was a short 2,5km was actually hard, after exhausting the legs on the 20km cycle, my legs felt heavy and it took extra energy to lift each leg for the run.
I am glad that the I finished but I have also realised that cycling isn’t for me, but I will work on it as I would still like to compete in a Triathlon, maybe the half iron next year. will see how this year goes. I am not sure what my time was, awaiting the release of the results by Discovery.
See you on the road!!