Theo Blignaut on the Get Muddy Off road Tri

Feeling strong after the 500mt 3 lap swim coarse

Feeling strong after the 500mt 3 lap swim coarse

Racing the Get Muddy off-road international triathlon in Mauritius was an unbelievable experience.  I have raced in Mauritius before, but always on the coast. This time it was in Bois Cheri at the tea estate, promising a real jungle experience. Tim and Marie Cartwright did a great job putting the event together, and the passion they have for the sport is just amazing.

We stared off with the 1500 m lake swim, comprising three 500m laps. I had a big lead out of the water and felt really good.  Out on the bike I had Sam Gardner from GB chasing hard and I had to push hard on the first part of the course. Noticing that I had a bit of a gap, I just kept a good tempo. I wanted to reserve some energy for  XTerra Reunion and Xterra Langkawi, coming up  in the next 2 weeks.  The bike route was really cool and covered some cool single track sections in the team plantations.  It was really wet but all was good, with some serious sliding around corners, but what’s not to like!

Navigating my way through the muddy trails on the run leg

Navigating my way through the muddy trails on the run leg

After the bike I had a good 5 minute lead on the Brit. I still didn’t push on the run, because I just wanted to pull off the win. The run was amazing: a real jungle run, with mud slips and slides all over the place. I lost my shoes twice and had to go back to dig them out the mud.  In the end it was great to win my first international race. My form is good and I am looking forward to the rest of the season.