Posted: 26/05/2016 at 18:17
Heading out onto the run the i knew within the first two miles that i was going to be in trouble, to put it simply, fat lads and hot temps dont mix.I began to suffer with something i have never experinced before and im still trying to work out.
My hands began to swell up and i was unable ti use them or bend my fingers, i took to carrying ice out of the feedstations in each hand and holding my arms above my head for extended periods to relieve the pain and reduce the swelling. I made it most of the way to airport when MC caught up with me. By now i was walking and generally having a shit time. MC stayed with me and to be fair massively helped me along and we discussed everything from peoples run gait, future Ironman to what we most wanted to eat.
We began a walk run programme and this helped us back to the end of the long route in a fair time. My feet and my ankles began to swell now and i knew that my feet were in shit order and didnt dare stop to check for fear of not restarting
By now we had seen all the other pirates that had made it onto the run leg. the next two shorter circuits were made so much better by the huge amount of support that we received from groups all the way along the cours, the final 3 miles to the finish were amazing, people sitting in restaurants having dinner began standing, cheering and clapping. People approached us and told us they had waited to watch us go passed for the last time and one group rushed up to us to give us a beer. One last wave to the pirate massif at Ruta66 and down the finish chute to completer my fifth Ironman.
What a medal that was, hard earned but worth the pain, i think
Run leg 6.13
Total time 15.50
Now whilst i was on the run i became aware that some had missed the bike cut off, others had mechanicals or medical issue, but one perfromance will stay with me for a long while and that was the gutsy performance of Seren to complete the run. When she got off the bike just shy of the cutoff she had about 5 and half hours to complete the run , when i saw her at the 10km mark i honestly didnt think she would do it, over the next few hours i passed her several times on the route, she had her head down and looked in trouble, When i had finished i made it back to the bar with the other pirates at about11.50, ten minutes to cut off, everyone was anxious and looking down the road for her and then over the top of the hill to the left she came, passed us and onto the finish chute. I was totally amazed and so happy for her, that was the balliest piece of Ironman i have every seen.
The next day the post race pirate party at Ruta66 was amazing despite my wrecked feet i danced and drank with some old and some brilliant new friends. The wrestling conversation with SA was the highlight of the holiday for me.
So in conclusion, IM Lanzarote was brilliant, My time was an hour slower then i did at IM Wales in 2013 but i do honestly beleive the Wales is a harder race the Lanza. I'm already looking at next years race and have made plans for IM Cairns in 2020, get saving gang.