In the morning the coaches went through a few triathlon techniques such as:
- Basic running training (just like old times - strides, high knee lifts etc. hadn't done that sort of thing for ages.)
- Core body strength exercises (these felt like they were doing a lot of good - I may not be able to move in the morning!).
- Transition skills (how to prepare your kit, and run with a bike)
- Cycling (bike control, getting on and off without crashing - remember to un-clip from your pedals...).
- The water temperature was higher than the sea, so I didn't suffer the thermal shock problem - it wasn't too unpleasant at all!
- No waves!
- I jointed the novice swimmers, as I am rubbish at swimming. The coach helped us be confident that it was very difficult to drown in a wet suit by asking us to sit on the bottom of the dock. I didn't make it all the way down, but when I opened my eyes there were a few jellyfish floating past - it was very good - just like the sea life centre!
- It was hard to judge how the swim went because we did lots of short ones rather than just a slog around the 750m course, but it wasn't bad - the front crawlers were faster than me, but I don't think I was the slowest, which is encouraging.