Posted: 28/09/2015 at 21:03
IM Mallorca race report
When I first heard that they’d taken Ironman to Mallorca last year I thought I’d have to have a go at it, as that part of the island is one of my favourite places. Warm weather, a clear warm calm sea swim, beautiful bike course and a flat run – what is there not to like ? I went out and did the 70.3 in May, and despite the 30C heat found it great, and loved my time out here.
A while after I’d entered, there appeared some changes in the rules/instructions, including that there was now a rolling start, and in intermediate bike cut-off at Abbey Lluc, just before the top of the big climb. I had a damn good wibble about this, as I’m not the fastest swimmer or cyclist in the race, and was worried about making it round the course. I emailed Ironman Mallorca, and it was confirmed to me that the bike cut-off was where they opened the roads, and that I could carry on but to be aware of traffic, etc. Phew.
When the race info pack was released a week or so before the race, a few other things came up that made me panic too. The race officially starts at 7.30 when the pro’s head off, then the age groups have a rolling start from 7.37. Apart from the swim cut-off, all the cut-off times are based around the pro’s start time, not your own individual start time – eg the swim-bike cut-off was 5.30pm, 10 hours after the pros start, whereas for me, it would be more like 9hours 40-45. Once again I started to worry about making it back to T2 in time.
At the race briefing on Friday, the bike cut-off was mentioned, and afterwards I went at asked the officials about it (wafting my email under their noses) and it was again confirmed that 3pm was when the roads opened, and that the 5.30pm T2 time was the important one.
Race day :
I had slept surprisingly well despite the nerves, I managed to force down breakfast, coat myself in factor 50, faffed about and went down to transition with Mr Frag my faithful Sherpa. Put my drinks and solid food (flapjack and roast potatoes) on my bike, pumped up the tyres and headed down to the start area. It was very atmospheric down there, the sun was starting to come up and there was that buzz in the air, I was almost excited Got into my wetsuit, warmed up in the sea and went to the start area.