Well done to all the forumites running in Dublin today - great times all round in almost ideal running conditions. I was delighted to scrape in with a sub-4 finish after less than perfect training and a heavy reliance on a decent tri season for endurance. I also passed a wee milestone today, completing my 25th standalone marathon.
Your fitness and strength are inspirational, Paul, and you're demonstrating the massive benefits that running and triathlon can bring where it really matters. Make sure the family keep spoiling you and see you soon!
Thoroughly enjoyed the Causeway Coast Marathon on Saturday. The scenery is always stunning on the north coast but the fantastic weather just made the day even better. The event was well organised as always by 26extreme. Big thanks to Paul for the company travelling to and from the event and along the route. He's not exaggerating when he calls his entry a last minute decision - I texted him on Wednesday evening and he entered a marathon on Saturday! Thanks also to HMM and Kenny for the shouts! I briefly caught up with Robin Alexander, but didn't have the legs to stay with him for long! I wasn't close to a course PB, finishing 2 mins behind Paul, but will settle for 3 triathlon PBs at sprint, Olympic and Ironman distances over the last 2 months! Unfortunately I couldn't hang around for long to enjoy the post-race refreshments as I had to go straight back to work afterwards - not the best way to recover!
Hi Conor - I've run the Causeway Coast marathon 3 times - well organised by the guys from 26 extreme through stunning scenery. Paul B, HMM and some of the other forumites have done the ultra too.
I saw Paul yesterday morning in Groomsport looking like he could have gone for a treble of weekend races after the Groomsport half on Friday and the Lough Neagh sprint tri on Saturday!
I completed my 3rd ironman distance race, (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and a marathon) the Ireman 226 challenge in Groomsport yesterday, and took 2hrs 25 off my IM Lanzarote time - I'm enjoying the PB as I'll never see one like that again!! 1:38 swim, 6:51 bike and a 4:40 marathon for a 13:27 finish. The swim started at 0630 for the 18 entrants in the full distance race. The half Ireman started at 1200. We did 6 laps of an anticlockwise course with a short beach run between laps. There was quite a swell and chop between the turnaround buoys which made sighting difficult, however my sighting was bad enough anyway as I seemed intent on heading for the rocks at the start of a couple of laps in the calmer water inshore. I know Paul and others on the beach were shouting at me! After a leisurely transition the bike course was 6 laps onto the Bangor ring road then out to Carrowdore, Millisle and back along the coast to Groomsport. The headwinds from Millisle were pretty brutal. The marathon was 2 laps of a figure of eight course. We ran to a turnaround point towards Donaghadee and on the return leg joined the half route off road along the coast over trails, rocks and beach back through Groomsport, round Ballymacormick point and over Ballyholme beach to their turnaround point. The full distance race then carried on to another turnaround near the lifeboat station in Bangor before returning to Groomsport. Great camaraderie on the course with the other full distance triathletes and lots of shouts and encouragement from those doing the half.
Today I shall be mostly eating, resting and wearing recovery compression Skins!
Paul, Martin - super running in warm conditions! Both these events were on the list of races I wanted to do, but work commitments dictated otherwise. Well done to all who competed or got out training in the heat!
Robin - that's an awesome achievement - makes me dizzy just to contemplate it, let alone put the laps in!