Cotswold 113 Triathlon
7 June 2021 - By Anita Grainger
On Sunday I took on a half iron-man triathlon in the cotswolds called Cotswold 113
Swim 1.9km, bike 90km, run 21.1km (half marathon)
The race started in time trail format with 6 waves from 6-7am which meant a 3.30am start to try and eat some breakfast get to the venue and set up in transition before it closed at 6am.
Unfortunately it started raining at 5am which made it fun getting ready & remembering to put my kit laid out into plastic bags…. it would not be very nice putting on soaking wet bike shoes or trainers to run in.
I Set off on the swim leg around 6.15am in lake 32 at the Cotswold Water park. The water was nice and clear and I had no trouble sighting the bouys this year as the sun had disappeared with the rain. I had a good swim taking it nice and steady overtaking lots of people, finishing comfortably and picking up a cheeky pb of 26 secs.
Once through transition which was mainly grass with a patch of it was into the bike leg in the rain. I had my sleeveless trisuit on and decided not to put sleeves on which I regretted about 30mins into the ride, luckily it did warm up after that despite the rain. The course is 2 laps round the beautiful cotswold countryside surprising some flocks of sheep as we cycled past. I held a nice steady pace and managed a 2minute pb for the bike leg.
Then onto the run and just the small matter of a half marathon. The run course consists of 3 laps on a mixture of trails round the watermark and footpaths and road near the local village of Summerton Keys. The run is usually my least favourite part of triathlons as I usually see the gains made on the swim and bike slip away as my pace slows and watch others pass me. Today was no different although this time coming back from injury I knew my pace wasn’t there and just rolled with it to see what happened and….. you guessed it I finished yay!
Swim 36mins 24 secs
T1 4mins 22 secs
Bike 3 hours, 3 mins, 56 secs
Run 2 hours 41mins 17secs
Total time 6hours 29 mins 22 secs