I've heard people say that London Triathlon is the biggest triathlon in the World, but after going to Chicago last year and seeing how huge that was, I thought they were just exaggerating... How wrong I was!
I was stunned into silence the second I walked into the London Excel Centre when I saw the many stalls of the expo, and then the transition that took up more than half the hall!
(Just so you can see, this is only HALF of the transition - it's like 'Where's Wally' but with bikes!!)
So trying to find my bike when coming in from the swim was difficult! But as I had a good swim and came out 4th out of the 250 in my heat, I didn't have the hustle-and-bustle of other people trying to find their bike.
The bike course was a mix of technical slaloms (and that was just to get around the other competitors!), sharp corners and some pretty windy straights. Other than that, I felt pretty good on the 20k. Having now done a 40k in the standard distance, It actually felt quite short!
The run was probably my favourite section, not because it was the last discipline (that is always a bonus) or that I had done a good time, but because the atmosphere was AMAZING!! The spectators were a constant line of positive energy throughout the whole course, the BOSE sound system pumping high tempo music helped keep my cadence up, the marshals were faultless with their efficiency of handing out water and cheering us on, and the rest of the competitors were always cheering each other on.
The last I looked, I was placed 5th female overall in the whole race of 588 people - pretty good seeing as I was the youngest there!
Overall, my experience at my first London Triathlon was fantastic and I would love to do it again! See you next year London Triathlonut . But standard for me next year, gotta beat my dad again! :)