30/05/2014 by Carl Reynolds
Now that I have lost 22lbs of insulation and started running, I set myself a target of getting to regular 10K runs by the end of the summer. En route I thought I might as well have a milestone; so set myself the goal of doing some of the SLSC organised Aquathlon’s – a 1K swim, followed by a 7.5K run – in less than a hour in total. I discovered, on filling in the entry form, that now I am over 50 I am considered a Super Veteran. I cast my eyes over last year’s results and realised that several SuperVets had taken part; and the fastest seemed to be around 54 minutes. I was on a mission.
But…I am also keenly aware that overdoing it produces aches, pains and lingering muscle injuries. And, having only been running for three months, and having not run in a competitive event since I was 17, I had no idea how to run a race. So I decided that steady and in flow would be best. Before the race, Mandy (SLSC Swim Captain) and I realised we were the only swimmers without a wetsuit; and later as Mrs Ape was helping with timing, an observer was heard to exclaim, “There’s a man swimming without a wetsuit over there!”.
I did the 1K without overextending myself in a tidy 16.48, messed around a little getting my shoes and t-shirt on (it is after all 2/3rds of a faffathlon) and set off at a gentle canter. It was encouraging to see a friendly SLSC race marshal at each turn in the course; stopped to retie my laces; was overtaken and overtook and came in in 53.32…gaining 3rd out of nine SuperVet as a result; and around 35th out of 100 entries. I am, needless to say, a bit chuffed. And have promptly signed up for two more.