Beautiful Blenheim hosts Triathlon

Yesterday’s sunshine was a welcome relief after a very wet week and showed off  glorious Blenheim stately home at its best.  But I didn’t go to potter around the gardens or meander round the State rooms. I went  to swim in the lake, cycle three times round the estate and run twice round the lake.  It was ‘Fab’. Masses of  cheering spectators, great support from course marshals, brilliant mix of fun athletes and utterly nutty kneenies and ‘location, location, location’. Blenheim is just beautiful.

This post is really just for aspiring Triathletes (and for my Mum to see what I was up to!) – some photos will tell the story.  As you can see I am neither super-fit, nor super-slim, and not super anything but it was really brilliant fun and if I can do it , you could too!  Join me next year?

Wave 18 – the ladies in pink caps- have their pre-race briefing. The instructions for the run element were ‘It’s not that far, just get on with it!’
David manages to spot me in the crowd
And we are in the water – really not that cold, honest!
Pink caps reach half way buoy
T1 – what a venue!
Coming out of T1 – I’m right to look worried, I’ve forgotten my race belt and number, going back cost me 30 seconds
Bike route begins downhill
Back in for T2 58 minutes later
Coming towards the finish line (Yes, most people had finished and gone home!!)
Got the Blenheim Bling, my wrist-strap and medal! 2 hours 7 mins to do 750m open water swim, 12 mile bike ride, 3 mile run 🙂

For fantastic 12 minutes highlight video go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHUgtm_Kx-c&feature=plcp . It really captures the beauty of the setting and the spirit of the event. I can’t believe I’ve run the same route as a the Brownlee brothers!! They did the whole thing in 57 minutes:  insanely fast. (And I am on the video, I’m one of the ‘pink caps’, blink and you miss me but I AM there!)

5 thoughts on “Beautiful Blenheim hosts Triathlon

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  1. Brilliant !!!!!!!! Great achievement , and all done with a smile. Your journey has been spectacular and there is more to come.

    Well Done
    Keith

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