199.5km, 8:56:18, 3,751m ascent, 11 cols, 14 done in total
The day started heading out on the main road through Andorra. We rode as a group which helped make a rather boring road a bit more interesting. Andorra city again was very uninspiring but this time we turned off right to take in another col before the big one of the day. This took us through another part of Andorra which seemed a little nicer.
186k, 3,247m ascent, 8:03:48 ride time, 3 cols
We’ve just got in ahead of a big storm which is needed as it was a hot with the final ascent done in 37c !! I’ve certainly demonstrated that my riding coming in to this camp is the least I’ve done in over a decade. I have suffered today but had great fun. I’m hoping my usual adaptation will happen and I’ll just get fitter from here. There are some strong riders and I’m certainly in the lower half. Only 2 riders finished behind me today.
57km, 218m ascent, 1:51:13 ride time, 0 cols
We arrived at Ian and Julies great place in the Pyrenees, unpacked bikes, had lunch and then had a briefing on the 11 days ahead of us. Following that a group of us decided to cycle up the valley to Luchon to check out bikes and have a coffee, tea, beer.
7:14:36 – 17th overall. 36.5k running, 6.1k swim
2:37:03 (1.5k swim, 45k bike, 10k run)
15th M40-49, 49th Overall
0:22:28 – Swim – incl ~ 300m uphill run to transition
0:01:33 – T1
1:24:39 – Bike (45k)
0:01:07 – T2
0:47:06 – Run
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1:01:44 – 1st. (~2k swim, 7.5k run)
A very civilised local race starting at 6:15 on a Saturday evening. Rachel and I arrived at about 5pm to register and catch up with friends that had also entered. Like most swim runs this had minimal rules with you allowed to use pretty much anything and there was a little transition area so you could leave stuff there when the run or swim was circular.
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2:34:56 – 6th overall, 4th mixed pair
(3.2k swim, 11.6k run) Continue reading
(29.5km run, 8km run across 8 runs and 7 swims)
5:47:18 18th overall, 12th Male pair Continue reading
3:29:15 – 850th AG / 6140 overall !! Continue reading
That was my 34th Ironman finish and it feels that I know less about being well prepared for an Ironman than I did back in my early days. Even things like race nutrition are more back up in the air than they were when i started. I wonder whether I now over think things. Back then I didn’t know anyone else doing Ironman, didn’t read anything about training. I just did what felt right. I didn’t periodise, didn’t particularly taper I just did pretty much as much training as I could day in day out, week in week out. I was also younger. Continue reading