A year of niggles and lately sore knees
Meant alternative training might help them to ease
But not learning the crawl because water in ears
As a child had a history of reducing me to tears.
Willie G and Mike Andrew offered swim advice from afar
The pool training progresses and moved to Threipmuir Reservoir
With Pete B and Jim Hardie treading water patiently waiting
The Craggy Triathalon idea was in the making.
The swim went Ok, water clear, could be warmer
Getting out of a wetsuit gave 3 minutes of trauma
130th position meant last third of the field
The bike needed fury and many to yield.
‘Coming on the right’, many many places made
On a mountain bike I can nearly make the grade
Even HBT Don Naylor was taken
I’m sure, if I’m not mistaken.
An so to the run from a faster transition
I couldn’t make out my exact position
But the trails and green trods suited my style
To the top and bottom of the island with a track for the last mile.
I overtook some groups then lost a few places
That is the way in most of my races
A few jelly babies and another HBT vest to catch
Crowds cheering with the timers, sprint finish to match.
From last third in the swim, to finish in 26th position
The Craggy Island Tri could be a new tradition
With a swim, bike and run as a pretty good prequel
For the Pentland Skyline tomorrow, 3:40’s my target to equal.