Posted: 01/08/2014 at 07:29
Blue Peter - It was me and Toucs you were chatting to.
Should say something about my race now I'm here.
Its very strange wait for a marathon to start at an unknown time but this was made easier by chatting to Digger and Ultra Kaz. I had nagged Raf a lot concerned that he wasn't going to put the effort in but as promised he made it round the bike in under 6hrs a nice addition to Nursey 1:24 swim. I suffered from greater ambition than training for this run, I only joined the team in May so I didn’t have a lot of run specific training but I hoped my general fitness would give me a chance at 3:30.
There’s a great atmosphere at the begin of the loop out on to the lake with lots of support but nothing compared to near the finishing chute with the pirate massive. Its a nice flat course but the uneven and cambered surfaces can make parts of it uncomfortable as well as being narrow and hard to overtake along the tow path. The first lap of the lake and out and back felt fine and 8:00 min miles were ok but by the end of the second out and back it was becoming obvious that the pace was unsustainable I walk a long way through a feed station at about 19miles and struggled to pick up the pace from that point forward. Each walk through a feed station got longer and the pace between them lagged. By the last lap of the lake i had to walk some of the bits between the feed stations as well. Finally got to the finish chute and was grabbed by Raf and Nursey who dragged me at a pace unsuitable for a person in my condition over the line. I’m just glad Nursey forgot her spare Kilt. . A quick massage, a bit to eat and a shower and it was down to the finish chute for beer and shouting.
As so many have already said the support from other Pirate racing and in the crowd (and even those shunned and forced to sit by the lake) is amazing and it makes the day. I’m looking forward to Austria.