With the rain and mud I think it took me back to my youth ~ I had such a blast on the mountain bike (MTB) section. Paul Cluver really has some awesome single track and I will return for some more MTB.
Given the expected rain I chose to switch from my usual 29″ to my 26″ MTB and I think I got it right. I had removed my cleats from the 26″ (so my kids can start riding on a 26″ instead of their 24″) but otherwise the light weight and agility of the 26″ was really helpful on the muddy single track.
The 800m swim was enjoyable, I had tried to give the washing machine a go (swimming in the middle of the field) ~ bad move on my part and after 150m I slowed down and moved to the right (the swim was 2 loops of 3 left shoulder turns). I finished the swim in 18 minutes, I had hoped for a 15 minute swim because 2 days prior I had done a 1600m ocean swim in under 34 minutes, but alas next time.
The trail run was a 10km run through the farm and included some more fantastic (MTB) single track. I completed the run in an hour.
Overall I complete the triathlon within 3 hours, which was my goal, till next year….