Posted: 17/09/2014 at 08:53
T2 took almost 7 mins, possibly a record for me and then I was out running. The support on the bike was sparse; on the run it was the opposite – there were loads of people cheering us along. Up and down the seafront 4.5 times, “aarghing” and saying hello to Hofmeister Bear, gradually getting slower and gradually doing a bit more walking but it was all going well. For the last half mile Ben, my 11 year old, came along to help his knackered Dad and we crossed the line with a run time of 3hrs 52mins. The run was well short though – my watch said it was 23.7 miles and with an easy, minor adjustment to the course it could’ve been so much nearer the correct distance.
Overall my time was 10hrs 46mins, which I’m pleased with. I did my first iron distance race at Henley last September and that took 12hrs 15mins. If I take the Weymouth swim time out and put last years Henley swim time in then my overall time would be about 11hrs 12mins. (I had the Henley run as just as short as Weymouth). I can’t see I’ll have knocked another hour off by September 2015 though.
As a first running of an event I think Weymouth was good. I’m sure there are bits they’ll improve but it was better than I expected it to be. I’m not deciding about next year for a few days – I'd like to do Tenby but Ben couldn’t come to that and so I think it’s likely I’ll be back at Weymouth - with Ironman Wales (assuming it still happens) waiting until Ben getting older causes his “run with Dad” enthusiasm to wane.