If you would have asked me 4 weeks ago if I was signed up for Slateman I would have said “not this year, its on the 2018 list”.

To give you some background It was 3 weeks ago I received a message from Darren from Pedal Cover asking me to take part as they follow my social media exploits and saw that I was not taking part as part of the pedal cover team.

I was a little unsure at first but after speaking to Blair we decided to take yo the offer. Slateman was the most stunning event I had taken part in during my 2016 Challenge and I was buzzing to get back again and see the views for a second time.

Pre Race

After the tricks my mind was playing on my in the Royal Wootton Bassett Triathlon last weekend I was nervous about taking the TT bike and looking at the wether forecast it was due to rain so I decided the road bike was the safer option.

When I arrived in llanberis I headed to the race village and met up with Darren and Jo from Pedal Cover and picked up my new team kit and had a chat with them about the race and my plans for the next few months. Once I was all registered I headed to the hotel to get some food and settle down for the night.

Slateman Pre Race

In the morning we checked out of the hotel and headed down to the event village and I settled into getting myself ready for ready in transition.

Swim

Slateman Swim

The lake was about 12c so was a welcome warmth compared to the 9c last year. The Slateman Swim is 1km and before I knew it I was out of the lake 2 mins faster then in 2016 and running towards T1

Bike

Slateman Bike

Heading out onto the bike course I was feeling good about the impending ride. The rain that had made me ride the breaks the tear before was gone and I was heading up the past when the headwind hit, I began to grind out the climb and once I was at the top flew down the other side. As soon as I was on the flat I started to pick up my pace and then was hit by the headwind again. This carried on for the rest of the ride and but the time I was finished the 51km my legs had take an beating.

Run

Slateman Run

Heading out of T2 my legs started to cramp due to the punishment on the bike, I pushed myself on and was back to running towards the infamous ZigZags of the Slate Mines.

It was tough going and my legs cramped on each incline but as soon as they levelled out I was back running again.

About 3km out my legs where giving up and the lactic acid was starting to join the cramps to make the run even more memorable. Thankfully I was joined by an athlete called Sarge who came with my to the finish and helped take my mind off the increasing leg issues.

As I came into the final straight Alicia-Sophia was there waiting for me with Joanne and together we both ran down the finish to complete the race.

Slateman Finish

After Thoughts

I have come to realise that I prefer rain to 25-30mph headwinds. I still love the surroundings of this amazing event and look forward to Joining the Pedal Cover and Always Aim High Events team at the Cardiff Triathlon in 4 weeks time.

Author

I am Alex, a novice triathlete based in the south west of the UK. I have been dabbling with sprint triathlons since the end of 2014 and I have to admit its been great fun but a lot of hard work, harder than I thought it would have been if I am honest. In 2015 I met Blair Davies of Blair Davies Coaching and I told him about the passion I have found for the sport and also my goals for the future, one day I would love to race in a GB tri suit in an age group race.

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