Triathalon

Breathless;
wet, bubbles and mud.
Bodies;
slipping and kicking.
Dark;
no one to help.
Breathless.

Breathe –
not enough, more, dark
wet;
breathless,
lost,
breathless,
alone;
breathe –
I’ll never make this.
Breathless.

Too far.

Breathe,
tiredness,
heavy,
sinking,
lift;
breathe and look:
Almost – next time.
Look, yes:
the bank,
breathless,
BREATHE!
Hope
the bank
breathless
breathe
the bank
wet
hope
breathe
a hint of rhythm
the bank
breathe
wet
breathe
wet
breathe
bank
tired
breathless
breathe
hope
breathe
wet
breathe
bank
a hand!
surprise
(so nice)
walk
jog
hill
hard
so much air
run
hard
legs
tired
“Come on Dad!”
(joy – I’m loved)
faster
down
careful
slippy
turn
run
oh this is good
stop.

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Yesterday I swam 750m across Blenheim Palace Lake as part of the Blenheim Triathalon. We did the relay event (so I had two colleagues doing the cycling and running bits) but it was still quite challenging for three complete novices….. Our total time was 1 hr 36 minutes and we came 116 out of 300 teams. My swim bit took me 15 mins 1 sec (!) and I came 92nd on my leg (and 85th for running up the hill to the relay changeover at the end!). It was hard and didn’t feel as much fun as it would have been swimming across the lake without racing. On the other hand, I wouldn’t have swum at all without the race being organised. Now I want to do it again…..

(This is also a great use for a palace lake, I think.)