Fatman to Ironman

Another Ironman journey

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iron fraggle    pirate
27/07/2013 at 21:49

  Congrats Budgie

M...eldy    pirate
27/07/2013 at 22:22

Well done Budgie !!

Will be interested to hear what that course is like

27/07/2013 at 23:17

Go budgie  

Nurse Ratched    pirate
27/07/2013 at 23:48

Woooooo hooooooo! Go Budgie 

FoC
28/07/2013 at 08:35

Congrats Budgie!  All the best SD (and everyone else too) for the next few days.

28/07/2013 at 09:08

well done budgie

28/07/2013 at 19:38

My sum total training over the past week has been a 50 minute run on Monday & 30 mile bike ride today.

Couple of short runs & rides to go plus a mile OWS wednesday, job done. We'll see what next Sunday brings 

Be glad when its over, free up a  bit more worry space out of my head 

Ironholgs    pirate
29/07/2013 at 08:32

Well done Budgie.

29/07/2013 at 08:46

Wow, thanks for all of your support!

I'll try and give you a little report, but I'm not the best at writing these sort of things...

What an incredible day. The swim was timed perfectly, hence the ridiculous swim times. I was planning for a 75-90 minute swim at best, so a 50 minute swim went down pretty well! I heard other competitors say that they had knocked 30 minutes off their swim PBs. I know that I'll never beat that time again

I felt awesome on the first 75% of the bike but found the last 25% really tough. The nicely named 'asthma attack hill' was horrible, especially when you have to do it 3 times. After 100 miles, a hill that steep isn't the most welcome! I was certainly thankful that the last 3-4 miles were generally downhill. I've never been more relieved to get off my bike, I felt pretty awful. When I got into transition I saw some of the people who had come to support me, they filled the whole transition railing. I had amazing support, I was very lucky. It gave me such a boost after struggling for the last 25-30 miles on the bike.

Put my running shoes on, had a few last words of encouragement from my family/friends and off I went (probably a bit too quickly) on the 4 lap run. The support around Cromer was amazing. Considering there was under 50 people taking part in the full distance, there were hundreds of people around cheering the athletes on. Running along the promenade with lots of people around you was great. Walking/running up a zig-zag ramp up a cliff however, was not too great. It took so much out of your legs just walking. Maybe I should have ran the run route previously, but the next hill really took me by surprise. It was a sand dune so steep, it wouldn't have been easy to run up even if it was tarmac. I walked up this one too! The 1st and 3rd lap felt okay, but the 2nd and 4th felt really hard.

Before you got to the finish line, you had to run 2 laps of the field where the finishing chute was. My little cousin met me just before I got to the big field and started running with me around the 2 laps. She gave me a boost! I did ask her for a piggy back two times, but she said no. Apparently I was looking strong as I started the two laps, I guess my face hides pain quite well! I finished the two laps and headed up the final straight. So many people were there cheering and support me, I've never had such a big smile on my face or felt so great.

I crossed the line in 13:55:46. Best moment of my life!

What a day. I don't think I stopped smiling the whole time!
 

29/07/2013 at 08:47

It's over to you now Sossige, Tim and anyone else who is doing IM Bolton next weekend!

Go smash it!

Nurse Ratched    pirate
29/07/2013 at 10:05

Wow, what a debut Budgie! Well done you

29/07/2013 at 10:54

NIce one Budgie, big congrats!

 

29/07/2013 at 11:32

Well done Budgie, fantastic achievement

Cake    pirate
29/07/2013 at 12:01

 Budgie fantastic mate hope you managed to get some fish and chips and a ice cream after.

What's going to be next mate?

Nurse Ratched    pirate
29/07/2013 at 14:56

Meldy, size 10 required. I have a serious case of cannaebearseditis 

29/07/2013 at 15:45

Cheers guys

Cake - I'm hoping to get into Ironman Kalmar in 2014! 

Darkness    pirate
29/07/2013 at 15:51

Well done Budgie. 

Other than the supersonic swim I have read that the bike and run were harder than most expected.  Great achievement.

Cake    pirate
29/07/2013 at 15:54

 Cool why sweden any reason or just for sh*t's and giggles.

29/07/2013 at 17:23

I wanted to do a branded Ironman event next year and several other members of my tri club are planning to do it, so I thought I'd tag along!

A flat Ironman course is also very appealing after The Anglian on Saturday too.

 

M...eldy    pirate
29/07/2013 at 17:36
Nurse Ratched wrote (see)

Meldy, size 10 required. I have a serious case of cannaebearseditis 

1hr swim and 2hrs in the gym for me ... get yer arse out the door  

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