This race report epitomises the Courage, Dedication and Determination traits that appear on our homepage. All successful athletes have these traits, and John has them in abundance. He finished what was by all accounts a fairly torturous experience – but one he’ll never forget. Kudos John! Enjoy..
This was my first Olympic Distance event, having completed my first ever Tri event last month in Lanesboro. My first Tri was a fantastic experience, with a brilliant feeling of elation at the end. My Olympic was the reverse 🙂
I definitely underestimated the effort to complete this darned thing. And the four weeks I had between the two events was interrupted with a lot of long haul travel for work.
However. I completed it.
I found the swim very comfortable. I took it reasonably handy – and focussed on long rhythmical strokes. Swimming in the river is much easier than the sea – as I have terrible sighting and navigational skills.
So I popped out of the water relatively early (28 mins) and trotted up to the T1 – where I proceeded to trip over my wet suit, slobber over the cycling top I was putting on, trip over my shoes, and have a steward ask me if this was my first Triathlon 🙂
So – on the bike – felt good for about 20km – then I DIED. It got so much harder. Not sure what my splits are – but I expect they trailed off fairly horribly. I studied the overtaking maneuver of about 1k cyclists as they all passed me by 🙂 I tried eating an energy snack around 30 k – but not sure if or how that helped me. 40km took 1:29 🙁
On T3 – I really really really really wanted to stop and go home. However, I was delighted to be off that darn saddle, and put the runners on (what an exaggerated description for them, should be called shufflers ) and made my way onto the course. “You’re doing great” “Nearly there” shouted the marshals – who were all brilliant. But those lies didn’t resonate with me at all – as I kew I was a dead man walking: )
On the “run” I ended up having to walk 3 or 4 times. In my run up to the event I was doing 6-9 km runs at 6min to 6min 30 second KMs. I ended up taking 1hr 13 mins.
My 9 year old took my hand with 200 mtrs to go and dragged me across the finish line.
So, I finished.
And I’m glad I did it.
But next time – I’m going to be much better prepared!!!!