Once again, the day after press day, almost always an early start and late finish, put pressure on the triathlon.
Feeling very tired I was so grateful for an almost empty pool so I could complete a relaxed 1,500 metre swim before jumping on a bike to cycle 40km.
The 10km run, however, was anything but relaxed. Rain that was at times horizontal occasionally turned to sleet, and numbed my face on the way out. I was so grateful for the wind to be behind me on the way back.
While the cold made it uncomfortable, the body is surprisingly holding up well, the run completed at an average of 4.55 per km.
Twenty-two Olympic-distance triathlons done and I hope they are as uneventful, in terms of injuries and aches, as this one.
Perhaps the cold is numbing me from feeling anything, or others could be right when they say I never had any sense.
Today I paid tribute to every police officer and staff who died on November 21. They are:
1866 – Sergeant Henry Collins – Metropolitan Police
1884 – Police Constable George Farrow – Durham County Constabulary
1897 – Police Constable Patrick Kenny – Dublin Metropolitan Police
1906 – Police Constable William Wells – Leicester County Borough Police
1920 – Sergeant John Fitzgerald – Royal Irish Constabulary
1920 – Temporary Cadet Frank Garniss – Royal Irish Constabulary
1920 – Police Constable Henry Jays – Royal Irish Constabulary
1920 – Temporary Cadet Cecil Morris – Royal Irish Constabulary
1952 – Police Constable John Penfold – Metropolitan Police
1965 – Police Constable Dennis Cowell – Metropolitan Police
1975 – Reserve Constable Margaret Campbell – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC
1981 – Police Constable Dennis O’Leary – Sussex Police
1988 – Reserve Constable William Monteith – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC
1989 – Police Constable Ronald Hull – Hertfordshire Constabulary
The memorial we are trying to build, and for which I am completing this challenge, will allow all the relatives, friends and colleagues a peaceful place to reflect and remember loved ones.
Getting construction under way will also say a big ‘Thank you’ to all those who continue in service and put their lives on the line for us every day.
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