After many, many triathlons this was my first aquathon, why do some people call them aquathlons spelt with an L?
A cool but sunny day made for ideal conditions, as was a flat sea. There were about 40 starters for the 750m swim, after a few hundred earlier for the tris.
So it was a plodding swim around a square route round the buoys and up the sandy beach, but I was not out last ! My watch subsequently showed I had swum 1.47k (quite possible given my sighting that day), so either I was stunningly fast or it confirmed my watch does not do distance when swimming; I know which I prefer, I also know what is most likely.
Then for the hard bit. When I did the triathlon some years ago the transition was by the pier and it was a short run. This time it was uphill, up the famous zig zag climb to the top of the cliffs, possibly the steepest run I have done, after the Jack and Jill 10k run of yesteryear.
Anyhow that was fine, a slow transition for me then off on the run, downhill to the pier than out and back along the prom with 1k markers. At 3k I looked to be doing a good, ‘out of season’ time, and was able to sprint with and get ahead of ano competitor for the finish, but to finish 2 seconds outside my hoped for run time. But good fun. So now, maybe some park runs after swimming in the winter before the Brighton half in February.
Richard (ex Oz)