An overcast sky, intermittant rain and fairly strong winds greeted the competitors for the 2nd day of the Craggy Island Triathlon 2013. The course consists of a swim across the sound from Gallanach, just south of Oban, to the Isle of Kerrera, then one lap of the island by bike, then a hill run to the highest point of the island. However, due to the winds and swell the swim course was shortened and took place just off the island itself.

After the short swim I was out of the water in about 25th place, then a decent transition got a few places in the bag. The bike route is fast and furious in places, a wee bit technical and demanding in others, but overall very entertaining. Entered final transition in about 12th place and then headed off on the hill run. I was struggling on the ascent due to general lack of running (injury related), but everyone else was struggling as well, not least because half of them were using road shoes!  Passed a couple of guys just before the summit and then a few more on the descent (a first for me, I think).

So, 7th overall, 1st Male Senior Vet, and 1st Westie home (yes, there was only me…)

If you have ever entertained thoughts of an open water triathlon, this is a good one – short swim, off road bike, and a hill run to boot.


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