This was an event that I had looked forward too as a team event with the Spartans. We waited until the week before to decide on our A and B teams. The A team was selected through performances in the MWL and recent training. The team included Grant Ramsey, Simon Jackson, Richie Bates, Myself and Craig Halsey.
Team Gets Gold Hertfordshire ASA Medals!
I planned on racing under sub 10mins and the team was in 4th place overall and I held the place. But annoyingly my 2km effort was slower by 20 seconds and the drop off pushed me above my target and gave me a time of 10:09. The team result was the important aspect of the night and holding 4th overall but also being the top club from herfordshire won the team the Hertfordshire County Championship.
I won the race to enter the race and next was to put the planning on place. I booked a room in the Adina Hotel (hotels.com) and got flights from London (BA). The planning was now in place to focus on Ironman Frankfurt as my A race for 2015.
Swim started at front and once out of the crashing legs got I got a very clear swim in open water. Grabbed some feet on 2nd lap but also slowed down by red hats that were in front. I ended up in second wave and the red wave was just random. Once I got out of water I raced to the tent but struggled to get my Huub top on as my upper body was still wet after the swim, I took longed than I wanted in t1 and washed my feet to remove any sand. The last thing to do was to put on the HR monitor and I was good to go.
Me feeling at ease on the bike.
The bike was a surprise as the power was not reading so then I focussed on keeping my HR under 80% again this is a zone I should have been aware of when power fails. I also went on feel on the bike and pulled back where I felt tired. On the cobbles and hills many passed me and I simply eased back and then focused on the flat.
My race nutrition was 14 gels mixed with water and I took this equally over the race time with nothing left. I had a water drink and used the hydration tablet (powerbar). I figured out I was drinking a 1.5 bottles of 750ml water an hour. I also took salt tablets during the race (3 in total) and 2 more hydration tablets. I remember feeling sick on the bike a few times and passed urine twice on the bike. Just before the last hill I ran out of water and was a little dehydrated until I reached the water station this was probably around 5 mins.
The run was funny and mentally I had decided to walk each station taking on 2 cups of water / any salt and ice / sponge. The pace didn’t change and I took 2 gels during the first 20k, I also picked up pretzels. When I got to the station after the 2nd counter I started to switch to Coke but started to feel very sick. My head started to feel funny and I realised that I was gone. I stopped took on coke and carried on walking. I tried to run (ha ha 9min/mile) but only felt sick. When I finally arrived Del (my wife) my hands were shaking and my friend who is a diabetic suggested 2 gels and some rest but I was cooked and couldn’t see an end in sight.
Ironman Run – Feeling the pain in 40 degrees
I suppose some would say I should have carried on but I feel I did the right thing for my body and although I did not finish I have experienced one of the greatest races of my life. I had a touch of sadness as I realised that with a 4hr marathon I would have easily done sub 10:30 and with a 3:30 marathon I could have done sub 10 that I never thought I had the ability. I will return one day.
So what do you do after a disappointment of not finishing a race enter a quick local race! I’ve always enjoyed big cow events and like the layed back nature of the big cow crew.
The race was a 7am kick off as the race is not on closed roads. The roads are quiet and you only get to see a few cars. The swim was a little bit different in that I was very laid back instead of sprinting to the first buoy. After passing the third buoy I stated to pass a few swimmers and decided to draft an athelete. This was the first ever time I had an incident in open water in over 7 years of racing. The guy obviously didn’t like me swimming close and decided to take action by pushing me under the water. I was a little put off but decided to ignore the athelete and pushed in front of him and started to kick very hard. Funnily enough I didn’t see him after. I exited the water in 22:10 mins a little slower than normal and probably due to my laid back approach.
The bike was wet and a little windy and looking at the bike splits it appears the race was slower due to the conditions. I was looking to push 95% of my theshold power but ended up around 85%. Finishing in a time of 1:06:59. This left me a little fresh for the run.
Once out on the run I took the first lap a little easy to build then I pushed on. This was probably the best run I’ve ever done in triathlon and felt very strong during the run. In hindsight had I attacked from the outset I would have been closer to a 36 min 10k but I’ll take 38:10.
The end result was not a concern but I just wanted to finish a race and I achieved this with 6th overall in a time of 2:08:58.