When everything clicks 👌
Yesterday was an incredible experience and the culmination of an amazing summer of training in Mallorca
Race report for those interested to follow on my fb page - /ryanchristiantriathlete
Ironman Italy race report 2/3: The bike. Not only did the use of swimskin enable me too push through the whole swim without overheating. It also made me feel relaxed throughout T1 and the start of the bike. Since I had all my nutrition on the bike (2x950 ml of Maurten 320 and 1x590 ml of Maurten 320) I just put on my bike shoes and helmet in T1 and I was off. As usual getting out of town on an Ironman bike course requires a bit of spiking in power output. 0 W rolling through the 4 roundabouts and 300-400 W in between, but then I settled in to my pace. Had it been 25 °C my plan was to push 255 W and end up with a bikesplit of roughly 4:35. However on this particular day it was closer to 30 °C, so I decided to decrease my numbers by 10 W.
Coming on to the freeway I glansed over my shoulder and realised I had a tail of 10+ people lying directly in my draft. Not 12 m behind, but directly on mine and each other's wheels. I kept pulling that pack for the duration of the freeway, but then at the turnoff I took my chance and pushed the pace for about 10 minutes going into Forlimpopoli. The 4 remaining behind me after this surge seemed to understand the rules of engagement and had good distance between me and each other.
In my recon rides out here I had missed one thing… There was a cobble section, short but still enough for me to go in to fast, shifting down gears to fast while bouncing off the cobbles and making me loose my chain. I came to a complete stand still and lost my group.
As mentioned before, this course is completely flat except for the 130 m climb up to Betinoro. The climb is on average 6 %, but most of it is 4 % and it finishes with a short but sweet 11 % hill. In practice I had done this hill 3 times so I knew exactly the level of strain I needed and where to push/relax. Clearly the others hadn't practiced it… I reached the group I had been with at the bottom of the hill and passed them while settling into my pace. In practice I had finished the climb in 7:12 and now after taking it easy I had passed 20 people going up and finishing the climb in 7:50.
To be continued in comments...
New week, new opportunities.
I hope to add a few more miles 🏃🏻♀️on top of the 15 miles i logged last week. Working on building a solid, healthy base before structured training starts.
We also move out of temporary housing this week, into our long term let, which includes an onsite gym and pool 🤗, and we get to unpack! Living out of luggage is no joke 😕.
Hope you have a great week!
Ragnar Relay UK 🇬🇧 : Done ✅
La course la plus badass que j’ai eu l’occasion de faire. 280km à pied en 24h08, en relais avec 9 de mes collèges. Vent, froid, pluie, 1h de sommeil,.. tout était réuni pour vivre une aventure de malade !
So my final race of the season came to a close yesterday, and what a race! Weymouth you through everything at me, cold temperatures, strong winds and rain! A shortened swim, of which 44 people were pulled out, was a battle, then onto the hardest, wettest and honestly in enjoyable bike I have ever been on! I’ve never seen so many punctures, so much water flowing up and down hills, floods, and bitter cold winds! I nearly packed it in after 20km, but I quickly shook that from my head! I could barely feel my handle bars of change gears my hands were so cold! I did all I could to get round safely, and back to the run! Couldn’t feel my hands to getting my helmet off or dry socks on for my frozen toes, but when I finally got onto the run course and the sun was out, it helped so much! After 0 run training for the last 10weeks I gave everything, I went well for 15-16km and then my legs started cramping and seizing! I even tried to sprint down the carpet but my muscles said no!
The hardest race of the season, one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, Weymouth you threw everything at us yesterday, but I took it and snatched my medal at the end! The hardest earned medal I’ve ever earned!
Thanks for all the support yesterday and leading up to the race! I’m looking forward to some rest and recovery now as I’ve been racing for the last 12 months, I need to get my body back fit again!
Big mention to @emmsy6 @tomleewah and @johnnyhathawayphotography for completing their first ever Ironman 70.3, trust me they won’t get much harder than that boys!
So yesterday I got talked in to doing the Pulse Port Beach Sprint Triathlon - it was nominated our 'club event', and being the last race of the season (and the fact our 'chairman' was putting on a BBQ after,) I reluctantly agreed to do it.
Now, I had as much interest in doing this race, as I had in watching Oirechtas TV or a Rene Zellweger film....... which is pretty much 100% below zero. That was also pretty much the same temperature as the fu@&ing sea that we had to bloody swim in (TWELVE DEGREES!!!!). That swim was evil - I literally could not feel my face during it. I was so cold after the bike, I couldn't press the button on my Garmin to flick to transition. And then trying to change in to the running gear, I actually had to sit on the ground and try use both hands to get the bloody shoe on - they were that cold (I am SO not cut out for this cold sh1te!). But even though I haven't done a Sprint in 2 years, and haven't even sat on a bike since Copenhagen 5 weeks ago (I didn't even put the wheels on the bike until yesterday morning before getting in to the car!) - it actually wasn't that bad, and my time wasn't that embarrassing either, seeing as I am definitely NOT cut out for Sprints (I'm nearly 47 FFS!!). My swim is always going to be shite (though just outside the top half is good for me!), the bike was the bike (somewhere outside top third - not sure), but I managed to get well inside the top quarter for the 5km, and there were only 18 seconds splitting the top 4 of us in this picture - not too shabby at all, considering I'm the oldest by a good 6 years!
I'm deffo built more for endurance and not for speed, but jaysus, there's life in the old dog yet! ;) #Triathlon#triathlontraining#ironmantri#Ironman#ironmantriathlon#ironmantraining#triathlonireland