This was the second year that Infinity Tri Club had held the Infinity Aquathlon.
This year’s Infinity aquathlon was part of the Eastern Region Children’s League making it a very popular event. Just under 300 competitors had signed up to take part in the event over the Saturday afternoon. The event offered races for Tristar Start, Tristar1, Tristar2, Tristar3, Youth, Adult & Go Tri all over various distances.
Taking place at the Moulsham School, Chelmsford the event made good use of the pool and sports field. Emma Springham and her team put on a well organised event that many professional companies could learn from.
Registration for the Infinity aquathlon opened a 1pm, we arrived at 12:30 to familiarise ourselves with the layout. At 1pm we reported to registration, collected my race pack and registered to take photo’s. I then setup my shoes and race belt in the transition area.
The pool is 20 metres and my swim was 140 metres which meant 7 lengths. It was a snake swim up and down each lane then under the rope in to the next lane. For some reason my turns weren’t great and I was finding the wall slippery to push off. My time for the swim wasn’t bad as I was 4th fastest in Tristar1.
Running the 150 metres to transition I found some of the tarmac stoney on my feet. This meant I lost 20 seconds running in to transition. Once in transition I quickly put on my race belt and trainers and heading out on the run.
From the moment I got on the run I found it hard, my legs just felt heavy. I tried to get in to a rhythm but I just had no speed. I push as best I could on the run in to the finish.
I finish 7th overall which after a slow transition and average run was the best I could expect. Now I know what I need to work on for my next race in two weeks time. I will be ready and faster on my feet.
Key information about Infinity Aquathlon
Moulsham High School, Brian Close, Chelmsford CM2 9ES
Lots of parking on site and well marshalled.
Toilets and changing facilities
There are small changing rooms in the pool area as well as toilets. Additional toilets can be found in the pavilion building near the astro pitch.
There was hot food and cakes available to purchase in the aquathlon area. There was also a small snack shack just round the corner of the school.
Collect your race pack from the front building on the day. It included a race number and timing chip.
There is a small viewing area in the pool where you can watch the swim. There is plenty of room to setup on the field from where you can see transition and all of the run.
Age group order with youngest going first, each competitor went off at 15 second intervals.
Because the swim is in a 20 metre pool it consists of swimming lengths in a snake style.
Flat on grass it’s an out and back loop with various number of laps depending on age group.
Medals were rubber which was different to anything I had seen before and made a nice change.
Value For Money?
An entry fee of £15, this is one of the cheapest league events
Finally, I enjoyed the race even though I didn’t get the result I wanted. Infinity Tri did a good job organising the event and the facilities were good.
Details of Eastern Region Children’s League