Posted: 01/09/2014 at 16:31
Hey Malcs, Reikirabbit, Rachelcgen and Mr Puffy, thank you for your good wishes.
Well that was tough.
Malcs, I was up early due to travel time and nerves, this being the first stab at a triathlon of this distance. I was hoping for 5h30 which would have been respectable given the distances of 1900m (1.2m) swim, 90km cycle (56m) and 21km (13m) run. I had a blinder and spent the last 3km chasing the sub 5h mark before the legs politely informed me to go to hell and be happy (ecstatic) with 5h02min 43
The setting was on the grounds of Newby Hall near Ripon. This was a beautiful manor home on spectacular grounds with award winning gardens. We were lucky to have such a good location for the race.
The swim was on the river Ure and involved a 1km walk upstream whilst being serenaded by bagpipes (surreal) The swim was 1700m downstream and then 200m back up to the exit point. I was out of the water in 2nd position and that was my moment of glory.
Being very inexperienced and riding what could be described as a donkey in the Grand National, I had over two hours of people whizzing past on formula one type bikes as I trundled along on my old faithful. Humbling really.
The run was a 4 lapper and around the hottest part of the day. It was difficult as you couldn't work out your position in the race. Some people screaming past you were lapping you, others were just running quick on their early laps whilst I ground out the embers.
I had a strong finish but had to accept that my bike leg had taken out some juice from the legs. My running time was pedestrian when compared to normal half marathon times. Off the back of the swim and cycle I was pleased with the finish time and have to accept that this was a steep learning curve.
In short I exceeded my expectations and have completed a half ironman distance. Now to focus on York, urgently need some quality long runs. Otherwise I shall be demoted to Malc's skivvy after the race afterburners have cooled.