“There’s something pretty special running along the Quayside “

    Just a few days to go and EOTN Ambassador Lynn has a final catch up for us! Her last pre-event blog is here:

    “Well less than a week to go and I have to say the training is going pretty well, with lots of cycling and even some running. I did the second Go Tri training with Tyne Tri Club a couple of weeks ago and found it so useful. Its always handy to get any extra training that you can, especially from different coaches as you pick up lots of useful tips that help you on race day, especially mastering transitions.

    Last week I did an Aquathlon and managed to do an extra lap of the run so need to practice my counting skills up to five , hopefully that won’t hinder me on Saturday as I only have two laps of the cycling to do! Did an amazing bike ride round Derwent Reservoir last weekend and loved every minute of it totally embracing the hills and some of them were tough and never ending. Monday I did a good solid BRC 10k so feel totally happy now about the 2 runs on Saturday. Its just remembering to pace myself in the mass start and remember I’m not racing the young speedy ones at the front, but just my own Vintage Vet Age Group 65-69.

    I’ve been out with some friends today for a pleasant social ride with lots of chatting and two coffee stops. It’s our wedding anniversary tomorrow so having a days cycling with the hubby and planning on going through the newly opened pedestrian Tyne Tunnel. So excited after its been closed for a couple of years. A nice gentle ride just to keep the legs turning over ready for the big day on Saturday. I’ve got a good few friends who are doing their first Duathlon, so I’ll be helping them set up and hopefully keeping them right and reminding them to enjoy the atmosphere in the iconic setting.

    There’s something pretty special running along the Quayside and crossing both the Millennium and Swing Bridges. Especially if you have friends and family cheering you on. I expect it will be quite an emotional journey for most of the entrants. EOTN always have brilliant marshals and volunteers who encourage and support you all the way round. They’re ready to give advice and help you out so don’t forget to thank them as you pass. A smile is always appreciated.

    I think my biggest tip for the day is give yourself plenty of time to set up in transition and then you can relax and enjoy the buildup to your race. So good luck everyone, hopefully the weather forecast will improve and we won’t have the rain. Just go out there, respect the challenge, have fun and enjoy or chase your PB and have a great race.

    See you on the start line

    Lynn x