Posted: 26/07/2016 at 15:42
Was good to see Mallowpuff, Mathschick and Effing Madness at the briefing. So strange to finally put faces to nicknames. Also bumped into Just Coop Going before the swim.
I had a brilliant time. The pirate feed station was great as were every single marshal and feed station. Everyone was so helpful. My first time at this distance. Tough, tough, day and I could give lessons in how not to do an Iron distance. 2 minutes before the start my goggles snapped so mad dash to a marshal who fortunately had been left another competitors goggles who didn't want them. Not surprised, they were so bad. Couldn't see anything out of them, but then I doubt anyone could going up the lake. I probably could have seen with my own goggles on the way back, but I was just grateful to have anything at all. I almost wimped out after 300m though, as I was having a bit of a panic - strange goggles, totally blind, managed to be in the midst of lots of swim biff. Strong talking to myself and managed to settle. Probably had to defog/clear the goggles around 8 times in the swim. Onto the bike and after an hour I had bad stomach ache and couldn't eat anything solid. Never had a problem in training. Total food consumed on the bike was 1 mini pork pie (which probably gave me stomach ache), 1/2 energy bar, 1 gel from a feed station and 3 halves of bananas at 3 feed stations. Did manage to consume 2 bottles of energy drink which must have kept me going. The 3rd loop on the bike was hard going, as the wind had picked up by the time I got there. Just seemed to take forever and was creeping along. Kept having to remind myself that at least I was moving forward.
Finally onto the run. Who stole my legs? The lap around the lake seemed to take forever, and the towpath just went on and on and on ......... Had 1 gel fairly early in the run, but that didn't settle well in my problematic stomach. Survived the rest on coke, water and sucking on the refreshing oranges - so damn good! The loop after the bridge I actually found the easiest part. Collected my second band and back out onto the never ending towpath. Coming back onto the lake that 3rd loop just didn't seem to end. I walked the entire length going into the wind on the 3rd loop. Collected 3rd band and then I just wanted to get the job done. I had friends that had travelled up for the day, so didn't want to keep them hanging around for too much longer. They had already waited long enough . No idea who the 2 pirates were towards the top of the lake but you were doing great with the cheer leading.
Thoroughly enjoyed most of it. Support was unbelievable. I for one will definitely be back. First iron distance where I just wanted to meet the cut offs. I would have been over the moon with 15 hours, but I couldn't believe it when I came home in 13 hours, 33 minutes and 10 seconds, or thereabouts. And then I found out I came 3rd in my AG. Not bad considering it didn't exactly go to plan.
Same time next year?