Team members Melanie Green, Jane and Lee Evans, Chantel Coetzer, Marc Daniels, Steve Gallant, Josy Hughes, Mark Sommerville and Nikki Warnes all triumphed at Outlaw Nottingham in May, supported by a large contingent of Havering Tri who travelled up to Nottingham to cheer them on. Race report from Mel Green...
Am an Outlaw , my first Half at Nottingham.
I started my training plan but it didn’t go well , I wasn’t getting any stronger on the bike and started stressing that I wouldn’t make the cuts off’s . I went into the race with the wrong mind set and resigned to the thoughts that if I didn’t get through the swim then don’t get out on the bike I’ll have a rest for the day . To my surprise I was on the bike which I knew would be tough ￼( bit like one tree hill , there’s not one tree or one hill ) flat and fast courses are for people that are fast . The last 2 miles road surface ￼was horrendous ￼.
I just about made the cut off on bike and was escorted in by event bikes . It didn’t help that I was second from last wave to start swim so there wasn’t many people out on the bike course .
Got back and started the run course which was full of people and my confidence in finishing was back . I had this , I knew I could run given the chance .
The encouragement from HTC was amazing to see Lynne and Guy on the bike course gave me a massive boost. Then Nikki when I arrived on the run course , Marc & Mark was great . I blow up on the last 2 miles but I knew at this point I was gonna finish so wasn’t worried.
Les told me at the start concentrate ￼on swim techniques which I did and got me out feeling happy .
Thank you Chantel for your help , you smashed it coming second.
My brief was to finish and not be broken which I did