Yesterday was the best start to the season that I could have hoped for - an overall win at the Winchester Triathlon. 315 athletes completed the 400m swim, 20 mile cycle and 5 mile run. I excited the swim in around 5m50s, which was a big improvement on last years time. Quickly moving through transition, I headed out on the bike. Conditions were perfect for fast times, and I was keen to take advantage. However, I stuck to my pacing plan, and finished the bike leg in 48m37s, nearly 2 minutes faster than the second best cycle of the day! Out on the (undulating) run, I immediately found a good rhythm and was confident of finishing strongly. With one mile to go, I put in a bit of extra effort, finishing the run in 29m59s.
It was a bit of a nervous wait for the prize-giving, as the athletes were not aware of who had finished where. I was delighted to have won the race, finishing in a total of 1:29:14, nearly 3 minutes faster than second place. The win is reward for the consistent effort I have put in over the last few months, and it is great to see that I am improving.
Next up is the New Forest Triathlon in two weeks time, where there will be some very strong competition.