The descent back to Klagenfurt did not disappoint either. All was well... the legs were good... the bike was good... as I came to the the bike turn around and the start of the second lap I check the time... 2:50:xx on the bike... It was as storming first lap..
The second lap was much the same but I did notice my times were starting to slow and by the time I climbed up to Egg for the 2nd time I was sturggling to keep my pace a bit. There was a definite headwind along that section but I was soon on downhill and the speed climbed again.
I did a quick stop in Velden to stetch out my toes and chat to mum and I was on my way again.
The crowds were still on the climbs but I was clockwatching the whole time.. trying to keep the speed up to ensure I would crack a new bike PB to go with the swim... Could I squeeze and get under 6 hours for the bike? The roads were just not downhill enough for that and I came into the dismount line with the clock showing a bike time of 6:03:36 still a new PB (Previous IMCH 2009 6:29:31 ) I was heading for the perfect day.
Droped the bike off, picked up bag, helmet off gloves off, shoes on running cap on, number to the front and off.
So could I do a new running best too? I could not for the life of me remember what my running best was... But I knew my IM PB was 13:07:12 that was the target to beat... I had put a lot into the bike and my stommach was letting its displeasure at my nutrition strategy know... It was going to be slow... but I was going to make it.. I have been in a worse state and made it. The first loop up onto the run course was ok I could run/jog/trot a little I was going quite well... I felt a 5 hour marathon was on the cards and did some arithmetic all looked good... but the brain was not functionning and the answer wrong... I was on schedule for the first 1/3 as I ran/walked down the lake from Klagenfurt the Krumpendorf. I was keeping off the gels and trying to take on more solid fuel. The best for me were the dry crackers which had salt... I am sure this is what I was lacking... eventually the stommach calmed down and I just keep plodding on... The distance markers kept ticking by and I was soon on my way back up to the Klagenfurt town centre... I was now on the home straight 3km to go, 2km to go, and it was time to dance up the magic carpet and stop the clock at 12:53:58 13:14 quick than my previous best in 2009 and 1:54:16 better than Nice last year. I was over the moon.
A quick beer in the athelete tent. pick up the t-shirt and off back to the hotel for a shower and then out the cheer on the next finisher.
A great race... and a great day out with you all as ever