Sunday 6th September. The new normal. British Triathlon had given permission to Welsh Triathlon to put on an event, with strict guidance under Covid-19 rules.
It was very different to normal, but it was absolutely amazing to be racing again! Face masks, separate car parks, and 5-second interval timings at the start, but it worked perfectly.
It was held at the Pembrey motor circuit, where the closed-road bike circuit is also held. The event took the form of an off-road duathlon and started with a tricky 5k run consisting of 4 laps.
It was then straight into the technical bike course. Some parts of the course were tricky with a technical descent and of course a hill (this is Wales!) 10 laps of the bike course made up the distance on this sprint distance of 17.5km bike. The hill seemed to go well for the first 7-8 laps but the last two stung!
Straight back in for a super transition starting off the final two laps of the off-road 2.5km run.
This race was all about seeing how the lockdown training had gone and also overall fitness. Whatever has happened since March has clearly worked with an overall race PB, and an individual 1km run PB. I have to say I wasn’t expecting that but am one happy chap!
As always, I’m extremely happy to fly the flag for Sundried. The trisuit felt so comfortable racing!
About the author: Andrew Jones is a triathlete and Sundried ambassador.