Motivated as best I could considering a few recent ‘weaker performances’ lol, I was feeling decent and ready for the challenge that lay ahead. I found myself setting an alarm for 5:30am as I made my way to Tri Limits half Ironman race on Saturday.
I was the only triathlete heading from this neck of the woods so I was on my jack tod. I like my own company anyways so this wasn’t a bad thing haha! Signed in and racked the bike as usual, having a chat with some friends from the club and catching up with fellow competitors killed a bit of time while waiting on our start time.
The lake looked good, and I was keen to get going before the forecast rain would catch us out later in the day, the wind was building too which doesn’t please me much! But, 8:30am had come and we were in the water ready to go. Three, two, one, goooooo….. With a field of only about 50 people there wasn’t any wrestling during the swim, so it went fairly well and I was out of the water in around the top 10/12 swimmers.
Bike was next, I started easy to get myself settled into a rhythm which I managed within about the first five mile. It was a three lap course so we would have to take a bit of a head wind three times and try gaining back some pace with the tail wind going in the opposite direction. I was feeling good for sure and I managed to pass a few early on around mile twenty or thereabouts. My average was good too, I was cruising around 18mph against the wind and then 25+ mph with the wind. On my way into transition I checked and my overall average for the 56 miles and it was 20.0mph on the dot. Very very pleased with that for sure.
T2 was a tad slower than I’d of liked but there’s no point cryin’ over spilt milk as they say 🙂 The trainers were on and off I went hoping to hold around 8-8:30 min/mile pace. The first four mile went well, I was relaxed and felt decent considering the hard push on the bike. Mile five and six, I ran a little tense and my pace died a death at this point. I just needed to relax a bit more and trust my ability which shone through in the end. My fastest miles were the last two which gave me more confidence for Barcelona which is fast approaching. I finished the run with an average of 8:36 min/mile pace, not the best but still bringing me in with an overall time of 5hrs 18minutes.
This was a great time for where I’m at in relation to my Ironman training plan, I also finished inside the top ten too, so that was another wee confidence boost for me, I’m slowly starting to turn the screw at the right time, let’s hope I peak bang on time for October the 4th!