Ironman Lanzarote 2013 (3rd weekend in May?)

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21/05/2013 at 11:05

I did have a few glory moments.  I was proud that I overtook 5 men walking up the Mirador when I was still riding but I was so fed up.  Fortunately my knight in shining lycra appeared in Hokori who called my name as I was stopped at the feedstation at the top.  I asked him if that was the last climb and he kindly took a moment or two to talk me through the rest of the bike course.  I honestly think he made the last part of the bike for me.  I was all for packing up and going home but he made me believe I could finish. So on we went, in fact we FLEW off the Mirador, finally some downhill.  Oh, wait, another incline. Super!  More sense of humour failure so I started to go through my pulling out options.  I concluded that if I was going to bail, I could limp home on the bike and then not start the run.  Then I revised said conclusion and thought that if I could get in with 6 hours I’d start the run and see how it went, if I had no legs, I’d pull out.  It was only at about 100 miles when there was finally a bit of tailwind and some downhill that I thought I might finish this flipping race, the rest of the ride passed without incident. 

21/05/2013 at 11:05

Before I move onto the run, I must also mention the other upside of the bike which was passing back and forth with Meldy and Slagiatt, we always had a little comment for each other and that really means a lot.  I came into T2 to a fantastic riot of pirate support and flag waving, extremely grateful to have it over with.  A special mention here too for “Pop Up” Schmunkee who just kept appearing randomly on the bike course throughout the day. 

I would describe my T2 as shell shocked.  I went into the change tent and just sat there.  I couldn’t really decide what to do next and sat with a glazed expression on my face whilst a lovely helper lady smeared me in gloop telling me I was rather red already.  Eventually I dragged my sorry backside up and went out to the run…. 

21/05/2013 at 11:06

Race day – run
For every bit that my bike was horrid, my run was great.  It started proper bad, mind you.  I’d packed too much stuff in my pocket and I had to find someone to offload the extra top and gels I’d got or I was going to put my back out if I tried to run.  That said, running was the furthest thing from my mind as I felt like poop.  Luckily, Meldy’s chum (who apparently we are to call TT as her forum name but I’m not saying why) was on hand and took my spare top and pile of gels from me and gave them back to Holly/MrsF for later.  At 4m 26s into the run, I decided to… run.. and… flipping heck, it worked!  So, here commenced the 8/2 run/walk strategy with gels on the 00 and salt and gels on the 30.  Somehow I recovered from the horrid bike and I felt stronger and stronger.  The time passed without incident.  For the first time ever I bantered and interacted with my fellow athletes (it’s only taken me 4 years to get the bottle to talk to other people on course!) Naturally, though, the banter flowed freely among the pirates.  Notable were Barley and Meldy with whom we entertained the masses with our ‘Alan, Alan, Alan’ meercat impersonations.

21/05/2013 at 11:06

I got out to the airport which was fantastic.  I really enjoyed watching the planes.  I met Meldy who had pressed the wrong buttons on her Garmin so we had a little chat about where we were and what we were doing.  We ran a bit together but our strategies were different so I moved on.  Run, walk, run, walk, run, gel, water, salt, run, walk.  You know the score.  I got back into town and the pirate support unit had managed to get across the road now so I stopped for a chat (ie a bitch about the bike course) and some hugs, took my bottle of coke, and went around the turnaround.  Holly was then awesome in that she basically dressed me in my extra top (it was getting cooler) as she had it all ready, all I had to do was plunge my head and arms in.  Off I went for the second half marathon…. Yay, lucky me.  At this point, my Garmin battery went (Note to self: always, always fully charge Garmin the night before the race, even if it is 80% full already).  This was a little irritating as it meant I had to do the last half on feel alone.  It was ok though.  Around again to shouts and cheers from the public, to louder shouts and cheers from the pirates and onto the final lap.  All the way congratulating other athletes on course, especially the women as there were so few of us racing.

21/05/2013 at 11:06

The finish really was stunning.  All the pirates were just a little bit away from the chute and their shouts were deafening, overwhelming really.  You could hardly take it all in.  I showboated my way to the finish clapping the supporters, doing High 5s and then really went for it with an airplane finish. 

That was the hardest day of my life.  I am a Lanzarote Ironman and that will never, ever go away.

I got my stuff together and headed off to the pub for lots of hugs (I will never, ever understand anybody who wants to cuddle someone who has been racing for 17 hours and is just disgustingly smelly but hey ho).

21/05/2013 at 11:07

The bit at the end
As ever, I’d like to thank the totally amazing pirate massive.  Those in the background (Plum, for airport chauffeuring), those at home, who took the time to track us during the day, those on course, who always had a smile, wave and a yargh and those on the support line who were just the bestest crew you could ever, every wish for.  I’d like to thank my clubmates who trained with me, in particular my friend P., who won’t read this but deserves a namecheck nonetheless. Massive thanks to Raf and Funkin who checked my bike over when I arrived.  Huge, huge, HUGE thanks to Mrs Funkin and Holly, the Super Sherpas, without whom I would not have finished my race.  Finally extra special thanks to my mentor, Flyaway, who gave me several pieces of sage advice, again, I would not be sat here with my medal and my sunburn without your immense contribution. 

I think that’s it.  I’m having a year off in 2014… Honest.

Pirates rock!

Pudge    pirate
21/05/2013 at 11:18

Great report Mouse.  Well done you!

flyaway    pirate
21/05/2013 at 11:23
M..o.use wrote (see)

I had gold, silver and bronze goals and I was off with my race plan.


All 4 pages of it?

Excellent racing, reporting and menteeing, Mousey. I was pretty tops, wasnt i? Whaddya mean it wasnt all about me?
I aint writing you another poem though. There is a limit.
Congratulations, you recieved the reward you were due for the hard work and effort you put in during the preceeding months.

The Silent Assassin    pirate
21/05/2013 at 11:49

Amazing report Mouse, I have a tear in my eye reading it.

Great performance

 

21/05/2013 at 11:58

Well donen Mouse! Between reading yours and OC's reports I'm definitely getting the IM bug...

Amazing effort to do all of that in the heat and wind of Lanza.

 

WELL DONE!

21/05/2013 at 12:01

Wonderful write out there Mouse. 

21/05/2013 at 12:20

Great report!! Work colleagues are now wondering what I'm grinning about!!

Ironholgs    pirate
21/05/2013 at 12:23

Very well done everyone. Sorry you didn't make it slag.

Great reports by OC, Funkin and Mouse....brings back a few memories. Sounds like it was a bloody tough day out there.

"Special thanks have got to go to the COLT tri club – Holgs has trained them well in the art of supporting – I suspect they are better than the pirates now  "

Glad that my mates gave you some abuse OC

iron fraggle    pirate
21/05/2013 at 13:22

Fabulous report Mouse, really enjoyed reading it

Hope    pirate
21/05/2013 at 13:24

Ohh Mouse! That was a fabulous teary read. Huge congratulations!

 

'That was the hardest day of my life.  I am a Lanzarote Ironman and that will never, ever go away.'

Too right!! 

21/05/2013 at 13:45

Brilliant Mouse. You worked so hard for that and deserve all the plaudits coming your way! Very impressive!

i guess it's at times like that, cycling into all that wind, you find out so much stuff about yourself. Like how mentally and physically tough you really are! Bloody well done! 

21/05/2013 at 13:56

Sounds as though you dug deep and found gold Mouse - well done!

21/05/2013 at 13:57

I'm back home and in work today, it was really great to meet a few of you during the week and finally put some faces to names

Cheerful Dave    pirate
21/05/2013 at 14:06

Good effort mouse, great report too.  Enjoy some rest!

Lee the Pea    pirate
21/05/2013 at 14:26

I'm so glad you did write that report in the end Mouse!  It is a real inspiration to read about your journey from a tough 2012 to becoming a Lanza Ironman . Thanks for that

Edited: 21/05/2013 at 14:29
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