I've given out a fair bit of information and advice recently, but an email I received yesterday from 'anonymous' really got me thinking!
He's new to triathlon but wants a training program so he's ready for Blenheim in 2 weeks time. Being a bit concerned I phone him today to discuss things.
He wouldn't tell me his name but said his friends thought he was quackers to do a tri. He told them he wanted to get his beak into a challenge and raise loads of money for a good cause.
I asked him about his swimming ability and he said that was not a problem, having taken to it like a duck to water from an early age. He said he relied heavily on a strong kick and was super slippy in the water thanks to his rubber skin (I think he meant wetsuit!), but suffered from severe bobbing about in choppy water.
He did have concerns about riding a bike telling me he felt vulnerable, 'like a sitting duck' I think his words were. But once he gets his ducks in a row (his nephews apparently - Huey, Dewey, Louis & Phooey) there could be some serious drafting going on!
The run will also be difficult, as his style is more waddle than run, but he's confident his insect larvae flavour gels will get him though.
But, he said, 'I will fly through the transitions!'
He will be a stand out character in his all red LLR body tri skin suit (thought they'd been banned!), but I think the race day referees will have a job on their hands with this one!!