UK Triathlon Ultimate Weekender Half Distance – Sue Willis
This was my first attempt at doing the half distance over three consecutive days with Chris Englishby and a little help on day three from Emily Willis.
The swim was 2 km around the beautiful lake Mere in Shropshire. Weather was perfect and water nice and cool, think I was a little too chilled so sped up on the 2nd lap and managed just over 43 mins. Chris had a little moment with a paddle boarder but he was 4th fastest out if the water!
Next day was the 90 km bike on a gorgeous rolling two lap course. I had decided to give my new bike a spin, only the second time I’d ridden her ( Lady Liv ) and she didn’t let me down!
Lin Englishby was at the half way feed station with supplies when I realised I was going to be under 4 hours! A quick hug and off I went…… finishing time was 3 hours 15 mins! I actually cried! I finally feel like a cyclist! Chris was really strong and came in just over 3 hours. Another great day.
Final day was the half marathon and it was getting very warm! My wonderful daughter Emily had entered the run for moral support and I can’t thank her enough, somehow we managed 2 hours 10 mins on a hilly and hot course!
Chris was a machine and went under 2 hours!
We stayed for the presentations at the end as we’d made a few friends over the weekend and to my absolute shock and delight they called out my name! Twice!
Age group win and 3rd lady! Two trophies and three medals!
Huge thanks to Lin Englishby for all the support, bananas and ice!