John Broaders Does DCT

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. Screen-Shot-2016-07-14-at-18.22.09
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 🙁
CrCaiOiWEAARFbn.jpg-largeOn 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!!!!


  1. Liam O'Brien

    Kudos indeed John.

    You finished and you achieved an Olympic distance PB! Most people never even get to the start line….let alone the finish line!

    You’ll look back on this race and draw great strength from it in the future. I always find the races I learn most from are those REALLY tough days (and I’ve had my fair share).

    Onwards and upwards!

  2. John Broaders

    Thanks Liam. and thanks to everyone who has beared with me in training. And the free personal coaching at the UCD breakfast bar on Fridays 😉 I look forward to giving other new comers the same welcome and confidence to try new challenges next year – if I don’t keel over before then !

  3. Sharon Meyler

    Just got around to reading this now John. Very entertaining.
    I did my first 2 Olympics this year. The first was a shock to the system all right! The good news is the second seemed a lot easier (and in my case I did the second with a mysterious and very painful stomach cramp all the way and still finished faster than the first time! So the only way is up from here…’ll fly through the next one.

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