The northwest tri academy entered the athletes into a 21 mile time trial. In the time trials, whatever your number was, was what time you went e.g if your number was 01, you went off at 1 minute past 10. I was number two, so I went off two minutes past ten, everyone went at minute intervals.
This was my first ever time trial on the bike, and the thought of doing 21 miles wasn’t the best thing ever. That morning it had snowed however it had cleared up for the time of the time trials, it was just cold and a bit wet.
The course was simple, up one way and back down the other. I set off hard for the first 10 miles and held a good pace throughout. When I got to 10 miles I got told it was mostly downhill. Wrong. The hills just kept coming until at one stage I thought I’d never see a downhill again. I just kept going and in the last 5 miles I almost fell apart, there was at least 20 hills in the last 5. Coming into the finish was a big downhill and safe to say it was the fastest part of the ride. As I finished, however, I didn’t realise it was the finish until two miles after when I came to terms. I cycled back to parents giggling at my efforts.
Overall I finished in a time of 1:11:56 which I thought was pretty good, only been properly cycling for just over a year.
It was freezing and horrible and the best bit was the packet of Walkers crisp I got at the end.