Crossing my fingers and hoping I hadn't forgotten anything
That's basically what I did in the end. But of course, there was something I hadn't factored in: the start of the swimming. A standing start in the middle of other swimmers. For me, someone who's not very confident in the water, this part was complicated. So when I started, I got caught in the swell created by the other participants' movements, so I panicked... and turned around and went back. All that for nothing! Once I was on the pontoon, and the moment of panic had passed, I was more angry with myself than anything else. Luckily, as it was a triathlon designed for beginners, I was able to "get back on the horse", which would obviously be unthinkable in a "real" competition. This meant I could take part in the cycling trial (after the swimmer who had come last). As for the rest of the race: well, the cycling wasn't bad (apart from getting slightly lost, but you can't have everything), and I ran quite well too.