Sunday, 14 September 2008

Sunshine makes a big difference...

to everything :)

It's been a good weekend, we nipped over to Mansfield to stay with Bobs & Gill before P raced the SRAM sponsored Derby Cross. What a well organised and well supported series! Shame about P's gridding but it didn't really affect the result, just the time gap. 2nd to an international cross racer isn't bad :) More to come hopefully...

One thing wasn't great, the lack of hup-hup-hup. We even went with cowbells (Bobs&Gill swiss issue) but noise making was frowned upon :(

From Derby Cross (P) and Bala Triathlon (L)
From Derby to Bala in record time to meet up with the Hereford Tri guys and prepare for the race the following day. Bobby, as usual, was ready for racing...

From Derby Cross (P) and Bala Triathlon (L)
We woke to proper mist in the valley, and worries of a tri-to-duathlon disaster. I haven't been crapping myself about the open water swim for nothing.

From Derby Cross (P) and Bala Triathlon (L)
Fortunately the Blitz spirit (or something) prevailed and the swim was on, which was lucky because a 25 min swim in the 9 degree Bala lake was just what my barnet needed to turn me from young-Homer Simpson...

From Derby Cross (P) and Bala Triathlon (L)
Via an unfortunate swim hat issue...

From Derby Cross (P) and Bala Triathlon (L)
To spikey haired down-with-the-kids Mokes.

From Derby Cross (P) and Bala Triathlon (L)
OK, so I have some receding issues... but nobody's perfect :)

And the result... well it was a good day, I even enjoyed the swim. 9th overall is, in my book, a proper result. Cheers to Bobs for all the tri-tips and to Micky the Fish, Dave, Ian, Andy, Fonz and John for the cameraderie.

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