I started this blog in 2010 when there were 11 weeks to go before my next Ironman triathlon. People have found it interesting (mainly my Mum!) so I continue to write.
The Ironman is a long distance triathlon; Swim 2.4miles, Cycle 112miles, Run 26.2 miles (marathon). I have competed in one every year since 2004. I hope this blog can help others see what is involved. I find the process of writing it makes me more accountable and motivates me to do the harder sessions when i'm not feeling like it!

Sunday, 2 June 2013

9 weeks to go

Chester Olympic Triathlon

An interesting race - 3hours - my slowest ever - due to run time 1h15!
Swim was very cold but comfortable. One of the most aggressive starts i've been in. A lot of fairly bad swimmers starting at the front. Took a few hits and swallowed some water.

Bike was fun - did it on my normal road bike and was able to keep up with the TT bikes and the fancy aero helmet wearers. Must remember to put socks on in the future as my feet didn't heat up at all. A comfortable average speed of 32km/hr. Stopped for to raise the saddle a fraction.

Run - actually very comfortable but went round at a snails pace and was passed by 100s of people. Just had to suck it up and smile.

Afterwards felt like the ironman is such a huge undertaking this year, but felt more optimistic as the day went on.

1. may well use road bike for ironman
2. weight hasn't changed since trying to 2 weeks ago so time to calorie count!

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