Posted: 22/05/2016 at 14:40
Well, that was a tough one!
Swim was hard work from the off. Struggled to relax and get my breath for a good 20 minutes and seriously wondered if I would make it. However, HTFU'd and eventually relaxed into it. Once breathing was under control I was ok, and although it was a bit like swimming through treacle at times, I just watched the fish and kept going. After what felt like an eternity, I was back ashore for the second time and away onto the bike (after applying hair and make up in T1.
The bike was windy. Not so much crosswinds as headwinds, which made it a bit of a slog. Despite the hills and the wind and the heat, this is one of the best bike routes I have ridden - I absolutely love it. The grin-inducing descents make all the climbing worthwhile as far as I'm concerned. Bike done in 7.15, which is about 40 minutes slower than 2 years ago - understandable given the lower volume of bike training and the fact that I opted for solid tyres.
T1 uneventful, bar the wince and silent scream as the volunteer applied sun screen to my burnt neck. Out on the run to face the blazing heat. Looooong slog out past the airport for the first lap, but the support was great the whole way. Run done in 3.55, so pleased with that.
All told, over the line in 13 hours dead. More or less what I expected, although 50 minutes slower that two years ago, so just goes to show that proper structured IM training really does make a difference!
MASSIVE thanks to the pirate support massive, who made the day what it was - you guys rock! the cheers, screams and general shouts of support/abuse (and also the pirate motif daubed on the road up to Mirador!) really do make the day!
Commiserations to those who didn't make it, you'll fight another day though. Well done to everyone that finished. So pleased that Hokori quashed his demons on the island. And Seren - just brilliant!!!
Unfortunately I ended the day on a downer as was ambulanced to hospital last night after having a seizure in the hotel restaurant. Will be staying in for a second night tonight, so am going to miss the highlight of the weekend - the pirate party...gutted is not the word