Wight Tri member, Adrian Heng took on the Hever Castle Olympic Distance Triathlon which unfortunately due to the low temperature, the swim was shortened to 800m.
However, the cold temperature was a shock to him as soon as he entered the lake, with Adrian struggling to breathe over the first 300m, a truly uncomfortable experience. Purple feet before entering the water was not a good omen. After 300m he started to warm up, and settled into the last 500m swim to exit the lake in 15:41.
Even after a 500m run up to T1, Adrian still couldn’t feel his hands and feet, making it difficult to put his cycle shoes on. There was some great support from the crowd exiting T1 and into the 2 lap bike 40 km cycle course, which motivated the cyclists on this windy and quite hilly course. Adrian had a good bike section, overtaking many of the faster swimmers to post a 1:22:00 bike split.
Adrian continued with a solid run of 50:43 for the 10km run, mainly run on off-road terrain. He completed the event in 2:40:01, 129th o/all place, and 28th in Vet40 category.
The previous day, his 15year old daughter Jess had completed the 1 mile swim event in a very cold lake at 12c, finishing 6th overall, and 4th Female overall in a superb time of 26:36.
NB. The Wight Tri Winter Duathlon Series 2020/21 starts this weekend with the first event, the Culver Caulker Duathlon, at Yaverland, which take place on Sunday the 18th October. Further details on the Wight Tri Facebook Page.