Posted: 18/07/2016 at 17:15
Job done I am now an "Ironman" . Early start and at the Lake by 4, only 130 taking part in the full IM and some just doing the sportive bike ride.
Swim - No dramas, a few bumps at the start but kept it steady, when I climbed out I was in shock when my watch read 1:26 ( target was 1:30 to 1:40) and the announcer confirmed it over the tannoy I was smiling so much
T1 - bit of faffing as per, put my short sleeve cycling top on 5 mins.
Cycle - 2 rolling loops of 56 miles , bit of an annoying wind for the first half of the loop, first loop in 3:10(very happy), ditched the cycling top at half way but then started having belly issues, finding aero position very uncomfortable, stopped taking the gels and relied on energy bottles. Difficult miles from 60 to 85, but then hit the pace again, second loop in 3:24, so total time 6:34 so all good.
T2 - soon as I got off the bike saw my supporters but felt the heat at the same time, was about half one so getting warm.
Run - Knew from the the start is was going to be tough, not the normal legs after bike feeling, just hard to run and struggling for energy. It was going to be a long one when I started walking after the first mile, was a a pretty low point. run is 5 loops of 5.2 miles you collect a band every loop but it is quite cruel as you run/walk down finish chute nearly get there and do a u turn back out, so when I saw my daughters after the first loop they saw the state I was in and gave me a massive lift. Ran/walked the next 3 loops and power walked the last(it was quicker than running and hip was hurting when I ran), aid stns were a godsend water over the head and flat coke never tasted so good. Run done in 5:19 and I have never been so happy to cross the finish line.
Finished in 13:28:44 and I am so happy. Feel very washed out/sore today, lost 4kg during the race.