Team JMC racers Nick Isherwood and Steve Green took part in last weekend’s Ribby Hall Triathlon.  Read on for Nick’s full race report.

What better way to settle pre-race nerves than adjusting your rear derailleur and wheel spacing? There I was again in the rain armed with a screw driver whilst the other competitors stretched out, relaxed and fuelled up. The day before had been an urgent trip to the bike shop for a new chain and cassette and despite being 130 quid lighter and thinking it was all sorted, it still wasn’t playing ball.

…with minutes to spare, and with the gears finally selecting of a fashion, I racked my bike and queued for the swim briefing strategically nestled between 2 lycra clad lasses to take my mind off the part as I was dreading. Due to a shoulder injury pool time recently had been sparse at best, so it was going to be a case of damage limitation for the 400m swim. Team JMC’s vet 50 representative, Steve Green had already gone out before me and was running well. Once I’d popped out from the swim, I was out of T1 in a flash and onto the missile trying to get my heart rate to settle. I had decided that with a slightly shorter bike (18.5k) I would go all out and hope my run wouldn’t suffer too much. The gamble paid off and after clearing the bike in 28 mins, I was in T2. Cramp then hit hard in the first few strides out on the run and I had to back off for 200 mtrs whist my legs adjusted. Fortunately, the cramp eased and I managed to run 19 mins over the 2 lap twisty 5k run course to finish 34th from the annually growing attendance of 260 participants. Well done Fylde trilogy, and well done Ribby for hosting such a great family orientated event. The staff at the various eateries, car parks and marshals served the masses particularly well, and it was great to be able to take the family on the various activities post-race with the weather improving as the day went on. A recommended race for an early season lung burner and Team JMC placed well overall.