The first race of the season got off to a very cold start - it was +2 when we left at 5:45 and there was frost on the ground as we waited around to start swimming!
The transitions from swim to bike (T1) and bike to run (T2) were slow owing to the additional clothing required - all very time consuming but made for a warmer race!
Craig beat us all on the bike leg and bought me a bacon butty and a cup of tea - what a great friend ... magnanimous in his victory!
Richard put in another solid performance but suffers for riding his Trek hybrid with panniers ... I think he will now have to buy a road bike to even up the field!
Kirk, the newcomer, put in an amazing swim & a solid run, and he pipped me by 26 seconds...DOH! Once he cracks the bike section he will be really hard to beat!
I came in over 2 minutes behind my target time ... no excuses. It's gonna be a great racing season!