Wight Tri member, Adrian Heng took on the Hever Castle Olympic Distance Triathlon in freezing cold temperatures.

Unfortunately due to the low temperatures that day, the swim was shortened to 800m. Due to the freezing cold water, Adrian got a shock as soon as he entered the lake. He struggled to breathe for the first 300m and found it a ‘truly uncomfortable experience’.

After 300m Adrian had started to warm up, and settled into the last 500m swim to exit the lake in 15:41. After the 500m run, Adrian was struggling to feel his hands and feet, making it difficult to put his cycling shoes on. He persevered on a windy and quite hilly cycle course. He had a good bike session, overtaking many of the faster swimmers to post a 1:22:00 bike split.

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Adrian continued with a 10km run on mainly off-road terrain, he had a time of 50:43. Adrian completed the event in 2:40:01, 129th o/all place, and 28th in Vet40 category.

The previous day, Adrian’s 15-year-old daughter Jess had completed the 1 mile swim event finishing 6th overall, and 4th Female overall in a superb time of 26:36.

The Wight Tri Winter Duathlon Series 2020/21 starts this weekend with the first event, the Culver Caulker Duathlon, at Yaverland, which will take place on Sunday 18th October. Further details on the Wight Tri Facebook Page.

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