Summer has finally arrived and across a big weekend of triathlon action several members were in action including myself.
Tom Byrne was at Ironman Austria – thats 140.7 miles of swimming running and cycling -so we’ll start with his report!
The swim start was done in waves and my age group started at 7:05 . The swim was roughly 1.7 miles in lake followed by a narrow canal swim for remainder of swim which was overcrowded but fast flowing . The bike was undulating through the base of Austrian Alps with occasional climbs on a two lap course and fast in some places but beautiful views to say the least . Tough in some places on bike but pushed harder than anticipated on bike but still felt good going into run which was very hot indeed .. Kept a nice average on run aiming for 4 hour marathon but as I lost my sun cream on 1st transition sun stroke kicked in on mile 8 on marathon and from that moment any fluid or food that went in me came straight back up again , was sick a few times on route but managed to slog through the marathon which was truly the hardest run of my life .. The Finish line support was amazing though and the Austrians done us proud . Got round quicker than planned but it all came together on the day . Had to go on drop in medical tent at end though due to dehydration and sunstroke but it was worth it . Great course , great country and highly recommended
Here is Tom at the finish, and in case you’re wondering what the medical tape is for he needed intravenous fluids after throwing up during the marathon(!) What he didn’t mention above was that he completed in a superb 11hrs 29min finishing 547 from 1437 athletes and 116 in his age category.
Another old face completing the full Iron distance with Tom was David Thomson, (a previous winner of our club duathlon!). Dave smashed the swim and bike but due to injury (I’m guessing here as Dave has had a long term one) couldn’t run his normal race, yet still ended up with a very respectable Ironman time of 12:44, 308 in his age group!
To finish an Ironman event is to win.
on Sunday I completed my first ever 70.3, the Grafman Middle Distance National Championships at Grafham Water, Cambs.
Very well organised event comprising 1.2 mile swim with a beach start and ‘Australian’ exit after first lap(great fun), 56m bike (rained throughout) and 13.1m run on mixed terrain. The last few miles were a struggle but still pleased with result. 5.14.33, 15th in age group and 161st o/a out of a field of 500.
Bring on the next one!
Well done Richard – a great performance.
I also took on a half Iron distance at the Ironman 70.3 Wimbleball Lake, which was celebrating its 10th edition, a very hilly event that a few of our members have taken on in the past. It was a case of finally laying a ghost to rest for me as I was at least able to put a decent run at the back end of the event and came home in 5:24:25, 28th in my age cat and 96th overall.
Here’s me going past the Haddon Hill feed station on a very wet bike leg.
Lastly Matt Leeman was competing at the very top of the sport for prize money at Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon, another middle distance event, which he gobbled up in the frankly ridiculous time of 4:28:28, (including a 1:19 run!) finishing in 2nd place Well done Matt on another podium and cheque!