Not sure if dirty tri talk is allowed still but here goes...... I did my 4th triathlon yesterday, the Cotswold Classic - another half ironman distance effectively. So 1.2 mile swim, 56 bike, 13.1 run. This was only my second attempt at this distance, the first being the Stafford 70.3 (post 583). This should have been a much quicker day, as it's a much flatter ride and run, around the lakes near Cirencester. Swim - 31:57 (143rd overall) As always, my most dreaded bit. Luckily the weather for the day was pretty much perfect, overcast (so no sun) and very gentle winds (if any). So the lake was incredibly still, and pretty warm at around 22C too. Like Stafford, I had around 35 minutes as my target, which isn't anything special at all but it's enough to set myself up for a reasonably good overall time. In the end I managed just under 32 minutes, and felt really good all the way around. Setting off in waves meant there wasn't too many bodies piled on top of each other - although I still got a few kicks in the face Bike - 2:19 (25th overall) I was really looking forward to the bike leg, as always. There was 3x less elevation on this course than Stafford, and I managed 22.5 avg there. Here I was hoping for 24 avg. The course was really good, nothing technical, but my god our roads our crap, and you really feel it bouncing around on your elbows in the TT position! I still need some practise riding immediately after the swim. My heart rate was pretty much at maximum for the first 20 mins, and I struggled to keep it down while still keeping up the pace. My main issue was hydration - I don't think I drank anywhere near enough over the 2ish hours, despite taking bottles from the aid stations. This is something I need to work on for next time. In the end I managed just a 2:19, which fell short of my 24 avg target (managed 23.5). Still, it was good enough for 25th fastest on the day, among a very strong field! Run - 1:33 (48th overall) Due to the hydration issues on the ride, I wasn't in the best place even at the start of the run. Not ideal as I was really looking forward to this run, a nice flat course around the lakes, great PB material! By the 3rd lap (of 3) I was not in a good place. It was the first time I've physically stopped at a fuel stop and drank a crap load of water (not the best idea I know, but I needed something in me). Probably lost a couple of minutes doing this a few times. The last couple of miles were just fighting the exhaustion - looking forward to collapsing after the finish line. Somehow I clocked the 48th fastest time of the day, and just missed my 7 min/mile target (7:04). Overall a great event, and I was ecstatic to beat my main goal of the day, cracking 4:30 hours, which I did (just!) at 4:29.35. That was good enough for 34th overall. Not a bad result among a very strong field, and 900+ competitors. It's still clear where I can make up time, the swim. The top guys were completing that in 22-24 mins. A lot of work to get anywhere near that sort of time! Next event......Weymouth 70.3, and my first sea swim event! Can't wait!