Enjoying all the reports and seriously making me think do it again in 2015. Must resist.
Does anyone know when TV coverage is on the telly box? Last year it was well covered on BBC Sport Wales and also on the official Ironman TV show, I haven't seen any listings that show when coverage is yet?
Quick change after racking and way fewer bikes in T1 than I was looking at last year!
Forgot to say, on the bike at 1 o'clock I decided it was time for lunch, so I ate my homemade peanut butter & sweet chilli sauce sandwiches on rye, they were lush. As I headed out to the run I ate my cheese and marmite pick me up sandwich, lovely job and that was the end of my solids for the run.
You really cannot underestimate the run at Tenby, it's uphill for 3 miles, turn around, run downhill a bit, turn left run uphill again to collect a band, run down into Tenby turn left and run uphill again for a bit to cross a timing mat and then head into town for a bit of downhill and a bit of uphill. Tenby was absolutely rocking on Sunday night, the weather helped I guess and it was pumping. I settled quickly onto my pace and to be honest I felt good for the first 30km and was headed for a sub 4 run. Then it started, a stitch at first so I changed my breathing pattern and tried to run more upright, then it got worse, it wasn't a stitch, this was the oceans revenge. My gut was doing all manner of things, I never felt like I was going to soil myself or puke, I was just in pain and when I ran it hurt. Mile 23 and I had to power walk the hills. Lots of arm band envy this year, people offering to buy my pink band for a gel or an energy bar! Also more than 1 athlete being giving outside help, now I'm not moaning about someone in distress being given help here but having a coach run alongside you up to New Hedges wearing his company logo and name on his T-Shirt is taking the piss quite frankly. 4 hours slipped by, bugger. I'm in town now, family are on the magic carpet waiting and I arrive at judgement junction to be ushered left and onto the esplanade, I push for a sprint but my stomach is saying no way matey boy, 4:09 for the marathon, not too shabby and a 12:44 overall, 56 minutes off last year.
Into the recovery area feeling good apart from stomach pain. Pizza was poor, coffee and fruit was lovely, never show me a gel again, ever. Collected everything up and made a point of shaking anyone in a blue volunteers shirt hand to thank them for their outstanding efforts all day long, they really do make the event possible for us all.
Bath at the hotel, burger and chips and a beer then out onto the course until around 1130 supporting the late finishers, my feet were sore now and the kids were hanging.
I won't be racing Wales next year, time for some new challenges but I'll leave you with this. If you DNF'd there on Sunday then there is no shame whatsoever, however it came about, you stepped up and were prepared to put yourself to the test and put your body on the line for the chance to be called an Ironman and for that I salute you.