Always going to be a run-walk as I‘ve been having a lot of pain in my left knee, calf and hamstring recently, so run training has been sub-optimal. Spent the first 10 mins with Trogs putting the world to rights, then I pressed on by myself. The run is 4 x 9k full laps which go past the finish area, and on the 5th you get to run down the magic carpet. The first 2 laps were OK, the Pirate supporters were exceptional, getting anything you wanted (in my case chocolate). I felt OK, though everything was beginning to hurt. On lap 3 my garmin flashed up the magic words ‘low battery’ L so I gave it to Mr Frag. I now turned into “Pirate most obsessed by the time” as I then got paranoid that I’d miss the finish cut-off. HappyChap was a superstar, reassuring me on each lap that I had plenty of time. Mr Frag walked down the course to keep me company for a few of my walk breaks, and after what seemed like an eternity, I was collecting my 4th and final lap band. The first out and back part of the course was fairly deserted with supporters, and by now there were many athletes walking past wheeling their bikes with their finishers shirts and medals on. Coming back towards the beachfront, a bloke on a moped pulls up and says something to me, which I realise is something along the lines of ‘2 kilometers to go, run run’ he is wearing a “Race Director” t-shirt and very rapidly pisses me off. He follows me and a couple of other people, and I’m feeling quite harassed , so eventually have to say ‘don’t tell me to “run” again, you’re spoiling the end of my race’. The end is in site along the bay, I can see the red M-dot and flashing lights of the finish. I pass super supporter M&M’s Dad for the last time and there’s less than 1k to go, there are more people around now, and they’re clapping and cheering, and I’m starting to feel both emotional and epic. Before I know it, I’m running down the carpet, the Pirate supporters are going mad and I’m there at the finish. The ladies winner puts the medal round my neck, tells me I’m amazing and a volunteer wraps me in a foil blanket.
I am an Ironman
What can I say about the Pirates? You guys ROCK. The support, love and banter is incredible – I couldn’t have done it without you all xx