Race Stories

Chris battles the rain at the Worthing triathlon

Chris Owens - Worthing Tri

The alarm went off at 4:50 Sunday morning in a tent near Worthing as the race kicked off at 6:30. Aim was high tide at 7:15 or so, hence the odd start time. Big swell on the sea meant getting slapped around a bit, but oddly the water was warmer 200m offshore than next to the beach. Perhaps the tide coming in over cold rocks…..

Chris Owens - Worthing Tri 
Chris Owens - Worthing Tri

Then armwarmers and gilet for the bike due to the forecast – gilet makes a good rash vest and saves transition time – 2 races this year like this (Ah England in the summer!……). The run was up and down the seafront, with the wind and rain getting stronger each lap – 3 laps, but battling another guy meant we both finished before the rain REALLY started – think being in the shower…..After recovering and heading to pick up the transition debris, I found my aero helmet was upside down and so had two inches of water in the crown.

Chris Owens - Worthing Tri

Chris Owens - Worthing Tri

 

The race computer was rained off, but eventually I found I’d won the AG after a different race experience.