Ode to Boot Camp
In Bushy Park late in Spring
A group of us assembled and began to do our thing
Running and pacing and work for the core
We liked it so much we came back for more
The following Monday and 6 Mondays after
We worked very hard amidst pain and laughter
To add to this torture we went to Terenure Pool
Where we giggled and laughed like kids in a school
But we also swam hard and did millions of laps
Guided and encouraged by the Tri-Planet Chaps!
We returned Thursday evenings – what were we like?
As we stood in our helmets and clutched at our bike
We learned about cadence and cycling up hills
Going up Knocklyon was worse than swim drills
We puffed and we panted and grinded our gears
Egged on by our equally exhausted peers
Why did we do it – this mad crazy flock?
Well we were training for a triathlon to be held in Kilcock
On a distant Saturday at the end of May
In the beginning it seemed so very far away
But as the date got nearer there were sure signs of panic
The thought of the canal made some of us manic
We all had got fitter but we still didn’t know
About transitions and wetsuits – would we be too slow?
But Richie and Craig they gave us the tips
They explained it all so we could get to grips
With stripping off wetsuits, and racking our bikes
Using lock laces and oh my God – Yikes!
Remembering our helmets and our race number
Would we hold it together and not fall asunder
‘Don’t worry’ the guys said ‘you will all do well’
They are the experts so I expect they could tell
That it wouldn’t kill us and we were sure to survive
To conquer the course and come out alive!
Well the end of this ditty is not at all gory
In fact we all lived to tell the story
We swam and we ran and we cycled like mad
We cheered on our mates and were ever so glad
That the guys and the gals of this boot camp flock
Conquered the course of the tri in Kilcock
The race didn’t kill us and we sure did survive
We conquered the course and came out alive
So thanks Craig and Richie the Tri Planet men
We enjoyed it so much we want to do it again!!!