Last triathlon for the year, and after breaking my long distance duck at Ironman Frankfurt, I just wanted to enjoy this one.

The swim did not really go to plan, but what can you expect when you have not been near a pool in two months. Puffy eyed I made my way into T1 to find fellow BLL’er Guy heading out just before me.

Strong winds made for a tough bike, but the scenery of the New Forest made up for that. There were a few brief moments where the wind was working in my favour which made the ride even more enjoyable.

The run was a beast, 21km of undulating forest trails. The plan was to just sit back en enjoy the ride, chatting with fellow competitors and taking in the warm sunshine.

My goal was to finish in under 3 hours, just missed it, but it really did not matter. A great day out with friends, couldn’t as for much more.

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