New year's day triathlon - race poem


The First of Jan, it's New Year’s Day, A lovely time for rest and play. Maybe extended time in bed, Nursing a touch of ‘tender head’. A big roast lunch, a laze around, Watching some old film you found.

But there’s a certain type of fool, Who likes to go against these rules. They think, “oh, what a good idea To do the opposite of beer, And do a tri at Arthur’s Seat To prove that we are totes elite”.

These silly people, barely clad, Fight wind and cold and feeling bad. Swim some lengths, then rush outdoors And bike and run like Minotaurs. I was there, and I admit To being a certain breed of twit. We do this type of thing for FUN, Which lo, perplexes everyone.

The wind was screaming “stop right here, You crazy athletes: disappear!”

Triathletes are the hardy type And don’t give up without a fight And Mother Nature, raging round All but blew us to the ground. Swept one direction then the next Unwitting passers-by perplexed Whisp'ring as we grunted by, “bunch o eejits, tha’s no lie”. Crosswind here and crosswind there, Dummy out, this isn’t fair!

Finish at last and joy of joys, I've beaten all but 5 fast boys. Twas bonus more than anything: To stay upright AND take the win. For my efforts I was given Haggis – big as any chicken. 3.6 k of meat and ‘stuff’ Apt for being so mighty tough!

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