Andrew Nash: Race Report
First IRONMAN 70.3
Note - Your wet-suit wont dry if it’s raining all day!!!!
Sunday - Race Day Clear skies. Everything going well until I climbed into a wet wet-suit. Well I'll be swimming soon (who cares). Out of the water in 40min flat GREAT!!! (40min 50sec), I surprised myself. Then onto the bike, it started off well. Stuck to my plan for the feed stations and hydration,
got a death stare from one motorbike official (I was just passed and was a bit slow in backing off my 12mt). That was my fault, not intentional though. Averaging about 30 to 32km/h everything was going well, plenty of energy until! At the turnaround my legs cramped, tried to stand up going up a hill and my legs locked up. (SH_T). IT HURT. The return trip was survival mode, I watched all the people I passed, pass me and half the time the bike was in the little ring and lowest gear I could find. I worked my legs out on the trip home and thought I was ok. The hill on Mathew Flinders Drive - Game Plan (worked it out the day before, I thought). Shifted to low gear, 10mt up the hill went to stand up. My legs locked up, the bike rolled to a stop with me still standing and you can guess what happened next. I fell off.
The spectators rushed over and tried to help, I had to keep saying not to touch me, finally someone worked out I would be disqualified if i was helped. One lady said my water-bottle was leaking on the ground (I was on the ground rolling in agony) A official managed to get over to me checked I was ok and picked up my bike, all this seemed to happen in slow motion. It was a U-Tube moment for sure!!!!! I picked myself up, got my bike and walked to the top of the hill. About 8 km back to transition. After that everything just hurt, The run was just survival, run, walk run. Sorry I meant shuffle, walk shuffle. I finished and collected my medal and towel.
What did I learn? Sometimes your body doesn't do what you want it to do even after training.
I never went into the red zone.
My hydration and food plan worked sort off
Till the next one, maybe a full ironman at Port next year.
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