04.20.09

The IRONMAN

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:20 am by Administrator

Nic powers away from the guys in the background.

Nic powers away from the guys in the background.

Trent's last burst of energy

Trent's last burst of energy

So here is a quick run down of how the ironman went in Port Macquarie.
For those that don’t know the Ironman is an excessively long triathlon.
The swim is 3.8 km, the bike ride is 180.2 km and the run is 42.2 km. That equates to a really long way.
Nic finished the event in 14 hrs 25 min, I finished in 12 hrs 47 min and we did the event with my mate Jeremy who kicked all bums and did it in 12 hrs 21.
I never would have thought so but the swim was the easiest bit of the thing by far. There were 1400 people that started the event and so the start of the swim was what I expect its like to jump in a washing machine.
I decided that the transitions were there for a nice relaxing time and so took ages in them but that was all good because there are people in the transition area that are there to wait on you hand and foot. They helped to get off the wetsuit, they handed me jelly beans, they dried between my toes and they lead me in the right direction.
The bike ride was just nasty. It was set up on 3, 60km laps. The first and last 10 km of each lap consisted solely of really harsh hills (some that most bikes actually struggled to get up in the rain because the wheels couldn’t grip the road) and the middle 10 km of each lap (5km each side of the turn around) was hilly as well. Our training in townsville consisted of no hill riding as there are no hills here and so we weren’t really prepared for this. My achillies was really suffereing by the last lap but I got through in just over 6 hours. Nic knew that the ride would be the hardest bit for her and so she made sure that she took a few breaks and after pushing through a bunch of breathing difficulties she did the bike in fine style.
The run was actually on a really good course. The laps were kind of a butterfly shape of out and back then out the other way and back. The first out was all flat and the second half had some big hills but it was ok and the crowds along the run were awesome. Our race number bibs also had our names on them and so every one was cheering you on personally and it was a real boost. I ran the first half of the marathon in 2hrs 15 and I was pretty happy with that but my legs weren’t in a mood to cooperate and so my calves started to cramp badly. As a conssequence the second half of the run took over 3 hours and I finished in the dark. Nic did the first half lap of the run faster than me and ended up with a marathon time of 5 and a half hours. Thats pretty ace for someone that says that running is their least favourite thing in the whole entire universe.
We were really happy to have had Jenn come to visit us from Canada to watch the event and having her out on the course, cheering us on was great. Jenn deserves great big hugs and best wishes for her own marathon that’s coming up.
The weather on the day was almost perfect for hurting yourself with overcast lightly drizzling conditions to keep us cool and hydrated and the wind wasn’t too bad but I wish that it had have been behind me more often.
As a wrap up I’m pretty sure that I won’t be doing another one of these in a hurry. Its awesome to say that we’ve now achieved one of the hardest regular things that a person can do to their body but I had much more fun on the half or olympic distances. I think that after we get back from teh bike ride we’ll do a little concentrating on the shorter ones and try to have a life at the same time as the training. If anyone needs some tips on the training for one of these then let me know and I’ll tell you some people that may help.
Tc