Week in Review – 15 October 2017

Well, this week has not been incredibly successful for fitness maintenance. Company put a few of us (myself included) through an open cablers registration so I spent the week in town at the depot. This should have been a prime opportunity for training! However, had a few things on during the week that restricted my enthusiasm and time. Chief among them was a dental appointment that pretty well prevented me from training in the afternoon and morning after (had to drive to work rather than ride and then was in no mood to train the following day). Also went out with some friends on Friday night so Saturday morning was out, didn’t help that I had to work on Sunday and head out of town for a few days so wasn’t super keen on “wasting” my Saturday with a long ride when I could stay in bed with Emma.

Friday night we headed to “Tennis On A Fork” which was basically a “Cairns On A Fork” event at the tennis courts. And “Cairns On A Fork” is an even where a whole bunch of local food trucks, restaurants, cafe’s etc all setup a pop-up together and we ended up with a bit of a street food event. Given that I initially got into endurance sports so I could eat more without guilt (terrible reason but it’s the truth) this was an even that I couldn’t pass up. Food was good, and of course had to be accompanied by a few beers (likely more than it should have been) as me and a mate caught up. This all definitely contributed to a decision to NOT ride on Saturday morning as I had a feeling that 5am and I were not going to be friendly. Turns out 5am and I were ok after all but the call had been made and in bed I stayed.

Oh and the washing machine broke Saturday morning so that was a mad rush to get a new one so I could wash my uniforms and work gear before heading out the door!

On the plus side, we now have a new washing machine! Went for a washer/dryer combo. I have heard that they aren’t as good at drying your clothes as a conventional unit, but we do actually have a dryer still so in the event that it’s not dry enough we can still finish it off in the dryer. That being said, having used them in hotels a few times I have never had a complaint. So, in the interest of laziness and limited sports clothing we went for the combo unit! We can now pop a load of washing on in the morning, hit “go” and when we come back in the afternoon everything will be ready to go in the cupboard.

One of the big wins with this is that I only have a limited amount of sports wear and I sweat, a lot. And I very regularly do 2-a-day’s. When you only have 3-4 sets of running gear the 2-a-day runs get awkward. Heck, cycling gear gets super sweaty after a big session and I only have a few pairs of bib shorts! Jerseys seem to be in unlimited supply but shorts? Not so much! So, the win here is being able to manage the washing a lot better going forward. As it has been we are fairly good at putting the washing on, not so good at remembering to move it to the dryer afterwards (#townhouselife! No line and little room means everything gets put through the dryer, even if the tag says not to). Being able to wash and dry in one hit should be a good efficiency boost and stop us forgetting about stuff in the washing machine for a few days!

Yes, I do realise I have just written several paragraphs about a new washing machine… Can’t help it, I’m excited!

Swim

Yeah no, nothing on this front this week.

00:00:00 total time, 0m total distance

Bike

Not a lot happened here, was feeling pretty shattered from the previous week’s efforts. I commuted most of the week and threw a few longer efforts in there to get some km’s up but by Thursday was feeling rather flat so that was the end of it.

Had planned on a ride Saturday morning with a mate to be followed by a cruise with Emma but Friday night shenanigans put a stop to the early start. Emma’s knee was playing up from falling off the bike a few weeks ago (bit tight where the scab is and a bit hurty) so that put a stop to heading out for a cruise together. Which, as detailed above, wasn’t a bad thing as Saturday turned into a pretty mad rush of buying a washing machine and packing for an away trip.

5:35:14 total time, 145.6km total distance

Run

This week was all about the bike (albeit not a lot of it). No running.

00:00:00 total time, 0km total distance

Total

Not a terribly successful week, focus still on just maintaining fitness and hopefully improving the bike. Also trying to drop a few kg’s so thats effecting energy levels. Hurray for the off-season!

5:35:14 total time, 145.6km total distance

Race Report: 2017 Ironman Cairns 70.3

Ironman Cairns 70.3 2017 marked my second foray into the world of long course triathlon. I was a lot more prepared this year for the event and trained a lot more (and better!) for it.

When I signed up for Cairns 70.3 this year I had an overall time goal of 5:30 and a stretch goal of 5:15. I figured these were reasonable and achievable year on year improvement goals from my 6:09 time in 2016. As much as I wanted to go better than 5:30 (or even 5:15) I do not believe in setting unachievable goals. Shoot for the moon and you’ll still land among the stars sounds fine but at the end of the day you still failed at what you worked so hard for!

Before the Race

About 5 weeks out from this race I was feeling fantastic. Hitting goals left right and centre. I had a few setbacks, the biggest of which was my power meter failing (serves me right for by a first production run unit… You’d think I’d have learned by now about that). The lack of a power meter made training outdoors a fair bit more tricky as I have become very heavily reliant on it for pacing when doing time trial work. I did however do most of my bike training this year on my Tacx Neo trainer which negated the lack of a power meter somewhat.

Regardless, was feeling great at 5 weeks out. At 3 weeks out work sent me out to Normanton for a week and everything kind of fell apart at the seams. I ended up having some medical issues (ended up with an infection of some kind) that stopped me training for a good week and a half. After that it was suddenly taper week and I ended up in Ravenshoe for a  few days. In the end I effectively ended up with 0 training of any sort for the last 3 weeks leading into the race… Not exactly the ideal taper plan!

Race Morning

Woke up at 4am with my wonderful fiance cursing my name (ok maybe not but I’m sure I wasn’t her fondest person that morning for waking her at such an ungodly hour). Had a quick coffee, some museli and yoghurt and followed it up with about 600ml of water to rehydrate after the nights sleep.

We bundled into the car and took off to Palm Cove (had to pick up a work colleague along the way who was also doing the race). It was a spectacular sunrise at Palm Cove and the water looked amazing. Met up with a few of the PRG boys who were doing the 70.3 as well and we all decided to take advantage of the rolling start by jumping in the water at the same time! Made the race more interesting.

Swim

Swimming is definitely not my strong suit. I can just never get super excited by it and with my job constantly taking my away to little country towns with no swimming pools I really struggle to get the hours in the water up. That being said, the swim course this year was fantastic, it was setup so that the 70.3’ers were swimming with the current the whole way. As well as that the water was as flat as it ever is at Palm Cove. I will be 100% honest here and say, while I improved on my time from last year by a solid 6 minutes (a fair bit down to the conditions I suspect) I enjoyed the swim more last year. The challenge of swimming in horrific conditions just did something for me.

The transition at Cairns 70.3 is long. Really long. My age group are all racked right up near the mount line so I had a fairly long distance to run just to get to my gear. I stash a small bottle of electrolyte with my bike gear and make sure to drink about 300-400ml of fluid during transition to try and get ahead of the days dehydration. I ran a new nutrition strategy this year, High5 Energy Source drink mix made up slightly stronger than normal to give me a 90g/hr carb intake from a 100% liquid source. I also added a hydration tab to each bottle (I carried 3x on the bike, I still can’t use the on course nutrition and this was enough to last me the full bike leg)
Time: 00:38:21  (T1: 00:07:18)

Bike

The bike leg is my favourite part of a triathlon and definitely my favourite sport individually. The course was the same this year as it was last year and thoroughly enjoyable. The weather conditions this year were that much better and the views from the course were stunning. It was a bit hotter this year but the tradeoff with no cloud cover and les wind was worth it!

I wanted to hit a 2:30’ish bike split this year, ideally sub 2:30. This would be a 30min improvement on my time from last year. Modelling from Best Bike Split indicated that with a 0.85IF I could hit a 2:26 bike split with 180’ish TSS. Ie right on the money as far as numbers go.

I lit out of T1 and got myself comfortable on the bike. For the next 60km I was cruising along happily at my target power of around 235-240watts. Passing heaps of people and constantly slingshotting around for a little aero boost. Had no worries with my nutrition intake and felt pretty damn strong. Unfortunately at around the 60km mark it all fell apart a little when I felt a twinge in my right quad. Cramps. Crap. What on earth was causing this?! I knew if I was starting to cramp at this point I was going to be in trouble. I dialled back the power and pushed through to the end managing the onset of cramps as well as I could. In the end I only lost a few minutes on my goal time and finished in 2:32 with an IF of 0.78. Given there was 30km of cramping to manage I am pretty happy with how the bike leg went.

I got to T2 and dismounted and my legs pretty well went solid for a couple of counts. Had to do a stiff legged walk for the first few paces before they loosened up enough for me to run the rest of the way to my bike rack location. I racked my bike, downed a bottle of electrolytes and cruised out to start the “run”. Over all it was a pretty successful transition marred only by concern for how the run was going to go.

 

Time: 02:32:01  (T2: 00:02:59)

Run

This is where the day fell apart for me and left me close to swearing to never do another triathlon as long as I live. I knew from 60km on the bike that the rest of the day was going to be a struggle. Running out of T2 I realised just how much. I had to sit right on the knife edge of “too slow” and “I’ll cramp if I go faster”. There was a “sweet spot” of agony in there that kept me moving forward. It truly wouldn’t have been so bad if I didn’t keep remembering last year and the cramping that happened then. I was doubled annoyed as I felt I had nailed my nutrition this year and also nailed my power targets on the bike. I just couldn’t understand what had happened and why my legs wanted to lock up. I unfortunately had damn near 2hrs to think about it all and stew on it. By 18km I was ready to swear off triathlon I was that cheesed off with the situation. I upped my water intake during each aid station thinking perhaps it was just hotter than I had expected and while it helped it didn’t help enoug.

In saying all that, I did feel good in a lot of way and felt like I had heaps of energy. There was no wall in sight. Of course the corollary of that was knowing that if it wasn’t for these damn cramps I could go heaps faster.

Emma reckons I looked happy as and like I was having a great time. And I guess I was, I knew I was on track for a massive PB and to smash all the goals I had set for this race. Mentally I just kept thinking I could be doing better though and it made it hard to keep going.

Crossing the line at 1:50 was a fantastic feeling, if only because it was over! I sprinted down the finish chute simply because I could and my legs locked up the moment I stopped.

Time: 01:50:53 (Total: 05:11:32)

Recap

In hindsight I am really quite happy with how I went in this race. I really struggled mentally througout the event but the results speak for themselves, despite my setbacks I PB’d by nearly an hour and if I had not started cramping I feel I could very well have cracked the 5hr mark.

On the cramping note, post race analysis of everything that happened revealed that I simply did not drink enough between waking up and starting the race. I tend to dehydrate a fair bit overnight however I was very nervous about over drinking in the morning as I didn’t want to have to stop after the swim or during the ride for natures call. This was definitely the wrong call and in future I will be smashing down a heck of a lot more water after waking up and just dealing with it. It is a far better than the alternative.

All in all the 2017 Cairns 70.3 was a great race for me and I hit some fantastic number relative to last year. I also hit all the goals that I set for myself when deciding to attempt the race. If that’s not a success I don’t know what is!

 

Week in Review – 8 October 2017

Race in 8 months!

“I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it.”
-Mae West

It’s now 4 weeks down, 35 to go. Coincidentally 1 month down and 8 months to go. My little Ironman Baby is well on it’s way!

It’s been a fairly good week for training, at least as far as “off season” work goes. I have been rostered at home in Cairns for the week (and next week!) which seems to be the exception rather than the rule of late. I managed to commute to and from work every day this week via push bike, awesome way to start and end the day and get a few extra km’s into the legs.

 

Emma managed to score a couple of tickets to Midnight Oil’s reef benefit charity gig at the Tanks Friday night as an anniversary present for me (5 wonderful years together and the first and last anniversary of being engaged!). Midnight Oil can put on a heck of a show and gosh damn Peter Garret’s dancing is even more insane in person than you would think it was from their video clips! Had an absolute blast! Dinner at Pho Viet before the show was pretty darn cracking as well.

Despite a lateish night out I managed to get myself out of bed early enough to tag along on the biggest PRG “social ride” of the year on Saturday. I believe that we had everyone present and accounted for. We headed out fron the NAB near Stockland off the Goldsborough, was a solid 90km return trip with customary coffee stop at Villa Romana to finish off. Jono, Richo and myself were the only blokes left riding by the time the Ray Jones sprint happened so we attempted a bit of a pace line on it. One thing we learned was triathletes are lousy at roadie tactics!

Saturday night was Reef Feast up at Palm Cove. Part of a week (or is it just weekend?) long celebration up at Palm Cove the esplanade up there has a heap of street food stalls and pop up’s from the local restaurants happening for the evening. It is always a good night out with great food and Emma and I are always keen on a good meal. We headed up for the evening and, of course, ate too much. Headed home early as we planned on going for a coffee ride with my sister in the morning. Good thing we did as I fell asleep on the drive home!

Sunday morning was a coffee ride from Southside into the city for a stop at Bang n’ Grind. Was a good little sesh although Gordon may have steered the group up Timerlea Drive. Gordon, Bek and Emma are all fairly early in the quest to cycling enlightenment and ended up having to walk up the hill. I am not sure when Gordon is going to live that one down. Probably never. Once we made it past that there were just a few rolling hills into the city and the group, spurred by promises of latte’s, made it through with minimal complaints. The post latte ride home was more whinge heavy as the carrot had already been drunk. Ah well, only way home is via “spin spin spin”! Everyone made it back safely and still breathing so winning all around.

Ok, on to the training breakdown…

Swim

Emma kicked me out of the house one morning with strict instructions to head to the pool… Uh, thanks?

0:24:33 total time, 1100m total distance

Bike

Commuting to work everyday helped to rack the km’s up this week. I added a 15km-25km loop on to a few of the commute time slots to pad them out and get some base back. Really haven’t done much cycling since Cairns 70.3. Thoroughly enjoyed the extra saddle time this week.

Saturday was a long ride with the PRG boys, had a blast with the bigger bunch. Sunday coffee ride was a  nice recovery sesh and chance to natter away (although it was a solid work out for the fam’, kudo’s to them all for keeping at it!)

11:46:37 total time, 262.5km total distance

Run

Did a single 10’ish km loop to keep some run km up. I have a solid 2 weeks out of town where the only workout I will be able to do (if at all) will be running so not overly stressed about racking the run up at the moment. Have had a solid run year so far, I am far more keen on getting my bike back to where it should be. I did do short “Run Off The Bike” (ROTB) with Emma one afternoon as she was just heading out the door as I got home from a 25km loop so keeping the transition skills up a bit during the off season!

1:14:41 total time, 13.4km total distance

Total

Pretty decent volume this week and a good mix of intensities. I feel I am heading in the right direction now! Plenty of time to fall of the rails before the end of the year though. Till next time!

13:25:51 total time, 277.1km total distance

Week in Review – 1 October 2017

Race -36 weeks (Week 3 from “sign day”)

A time for everything: A time to relax and a time to be busy, a time to frolic and a time to labor, a time to receive and a time to give, a time to begin and a time to finish.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Well, this week marks 3 weeks down and 36 weeks to go! It’s been a doozy for “real life” and has thoroughly gotten in the way of the important things in life like swimming, riding and running! That being said, this has been a week (well, weekend at least) that has been all about living life and relaxing with those who matter. This is often far more important and having balance in life is going to be a huge challenge going forward as I work towards Ironman Cairns next year. If I cannot maintain balance I am guaranteed to burn out and have a sub par race and a sub par life, in short losing on all fronts. Not a happy thought!

Headed down to Moranbah for work, this ends up being a 12ish hour drive. While down there we had to cram 4-5 days worth of work into only 3 days due to no one being willing to work through to Saturday or even late on Friday as this weekend is a long one! Gotta love public holidays. Anyway, this led to 12-13 hrs per day worth of work  and going flat out on them. Plus side, we got 4-5days worth of work done in 3 days! Minus side, we did 4-5 days worth of hours in 3 days. This particular minus had been falling into bed rather early each evening and not running anywhere too fast. I also couldn’t make it to the pool, it wasn’t open outside of the hours that we were working!

Saturday evening Emma and I headed in to the local AFL stadium to see Elton John playing. That man can put on one heck of a show! Absolutely fantastic evening out. His set included plenty of his classics and all the songs I really wanted to hear live, namely “Rocketman”, “Candle in the Wind”,  “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues”, notable mentions go to “Saturday Night’s Alright” and “Crocodile Rock”. All up it was an absolutely stellar evening out! It did turn into a late night so I wasn’t moving anywhere fast on Sunday morning.

Sunday evening we had a belated anniversary night out at Aqualuna, the new restaurant at the Cairns Aquarium. This was an amazing experience, we were seated right in front of the tank located “under the pier” at the aquarium. The staff were amazing and attentive and truly made the night a wonderful experience for us. We ended up with degustation menu with a fantastic wine pairing. Of course a 7 course wine paired dinner doesn’t lend itself to getting up early in the morning but it was a fantastic way to end the week and keep Emma on board with all my silliness.

As far as training goes, I am glad this is the “off-season”! Not the time to turn the gas on, this is the time to enjoy life. One can’t be fit all the time!

Swim

Uh… None? This is turning into a bit of a trend……

Bike

One single ride this week with Jonathon. We headed up to the northern beaches via Barron Gorge and just generally looped around the place exhausting ourselves. Definitely a solid workout.

3:28:04 total time, 96.0km total distance

Run

Managed a whole two runs this week. It was really really hard to get anything in between 13hr shifts and sleeping. Fun times!

1:13:21 total time, 14.6km total distance

Total

Another low volume week just trying to minimise fitness loss. Hoping to ramp up a little bit more in the coming few weeks. Shall see how it all goes!

4:41:25 total time, 110.6km total distance

Week in Review – September 24, 2017

As part of my mission to use this blog to help hold myself more accountable while training for an attempt at Ironman Cairns in 2018 I intend to start a “Week in Review” series. In this little recurrent bit I will detail the training successes and setbacks of the week and a general progress update. Additionally I have realised that an added benefit of this blog and the week in review series will be to help my little fan club (Hi Emma! And the rest of you if you’re there!) to connect and be more involved with some of the silliness that I am doing. After all, Strava isn’t for everybody!

This week marks 2 weeks since I finished Sunshine Coast 70.3 and committed to doing Ironman Cairns 2018. It also marks 37 weeks till the main event! So 2 down, 37 to go. I’d write a separate post up for week 1 but it was far from a massive occurrence so I will just summarise it here.

Week 1

Monday was post race day, no one does a huge amount on this day and neither did I. Emma and I spent the day wondering around Mooloolaba and just generally enjoying our time together out and about. We all started the long drive back to Cairns Tuesday morning and were very happy to be home Wednesday afternoon. Wednesday morning I felt a bit of a throat tickle and last about 2hrs at work on Thursday morning before having to take Thursday and Friday off with a head cold. This wonderful event continued on over the weekend, thankfully I was well enough to make it to work on Monday and off to Cooktown I headed.

Week 2 (This Week)

Was stuck up in Cooktown for work this week and ended up pulling a few big days which impacted on training and just life in general. The weekend brought a friend’s 30th birthday on Saturday night (which eliminated Sunday as a training day!!). So overall I haven’t had a big surge into training this week. Trying to shed some accumulated sleep debt and fatigue + been working out of town which always makes things challenging.

Swim

Uh… None? Haven’t had a chance to get wet this week.

Bike

Did a single solid ride this week on Saturday with the PRG boys. One of the very few “social” rides we manage to get in these days. Was absolutely shattered by the end, the ride home from coffee too 45mins to travel a measly 15km. Was a good morning out and about and highlighted how much my fitness has suffered of the past couple of months of slacking off.

4:00:11 total time, 107.5km total distance

Run

Just a few runs before or after work where I could fit them in this week up in Cooktown. Amazing how quickly your run fitness leaves when you stop working out! Really struggled to hold any reasonable pace, my heart rate was through the roof. Trainingpeaks has these workouts as the top few 20min heart rate efforts for 2017. Not exactly bragging rights given its due to lack of fitness rather than digging deep.

1:43:09 total time, 19.3km total distance

Total

Not a huge training week but with my weaker fitness at the moment that might not be a bad thing. Focus going forward for the next few weeks will be keeping motivated, I am not going to be following a structured program for a while as I have a lot of out of town work and a holiday coming up. Instead I am going to work on putting some of the fun factor back into it all for a few weeks.

5:43:20 total time, 126.8km total distance

Race Report: 2016 Cairns Ironman 70.3

My first foray into long course triathlon was the 2016 Ironman Cairns 70.3. This was my second triathlon, the only other one till this point had been a local sprint distance at a nearby dam where I ended up with heat stroke… I will write up a report on that one another time *shudder*

Going into this race I had only a single goal: Finish. Well that and hopefully hit a 3hr bike. And maybe a 6hr total time. But primarily finish!

This was to be my first attempt at long course triathlon. I really didn’t have all that much of a clue as to what I was going to be in for. I knew enough training had been done to definitely finish but I had no idea how the fitness I had developed would translate to time on the day.

I was definitely worried heading into this race as work had got the better of me and I had been out of town for the two weeks leading up to the race. Pub meals, long hours and limited to no exercise is not a good taper!

Before the Race

Ironman Cairns and Ironman Cairns 70.3 are held on the same day and on much the same course. This leads to it being quite a well supported race. The course is a point to point race, that is, T1 and T2 are in two different locations. So we swim up in Palm Cove, ride towards Port Douglas and then back to Cairns City where the run course is a few laps of the esplanade.

As such you need to rack your bike and at a minimum drop off your T2 equipment the day before the race, there is no access to T2 on race day prior to rocking up on your bike after completing the swim and bike legs. The race is also a rolling start with self-seeding based on your expected swim times.

I didn’t really have my act together on the Saturday before the race (race day was Sunday) and only got around to dropping my T2 gear off at Fogarty Park around 1pm and then raced up to Palm to rack my bike and drop off my T1 gear bag. Didn’t leave myself enough time to even check out the expo! Oops.

Race Morning

My long suffering fiance woke up with me at 4am so I could knock back a few big glasses of water and some museli for breakfast. Alongside a mug of coffee of course. Headed off and picked up a bloke from work along the way who was also daft enough to sign up. Not a lot else to say, met up with a few friends who were doing the race as well and we all jumped into the queue for the rolling start and played the hurry up and wait game.

Swim

The swim… Where do I start here? I imagine that it was akin to being in a washing machine! Or perhaps on a roller coaster? Either way conditions were brutal in the swim and the race director ended up canceling the Ironman swim half way through as conditions continued to deteriorate throughout the morning. I did actually quite enjoy the swim, I am not a fast swimmer by any stretch but there are no other circumstances in which I would have been out in the water in those conditions so the novelty factor for the swim put a smile on my face. My only goal in the swim was to not drown (and make the cut off I guess) so the fact that I am writing this speaks to a complete success!

Once I finished the swim I did my best to run up the beach to the shower station and into transition. Except I somehow couldn’t find my zip and stood there fumbling at the spray booth trying to get it open before realising it didn’t matter and that I should just keep running towards my bike. Did I mention how long T1 was? Because it was long. Very long. A good few hundred meters from the entry from the swim to the bike exit and mount line. My bike was quite close to the bike mount line so I had a long way to run in bare feet on concrete. Not sure which would be worse, running in bike shoes with cleats or running barefoot on concrete?

Time: 00:46:34 (T1: 00:09:23)

Bike

The bike is my strongest leg by far, that is to say, not incredibly strong but better than the other two! Had an absolute blast on the bike course. The coast road between Palm Cove and Port Douglas is absolutely spectacular. It’s a beautiful route to drive let alone experience on a push bike. The coast road also keeps you fairly well sheltered from the prevailing winds that make the final 30km in to Cairns City more challenging.

There is only one significant hill on the entire bike course. That being the one at Rex Lookout. It is quite a steep climb but over and done with fairly quickly. Other than that it has a fairly rolling first 60km and the final 30km is pretty close to dead flat, albeit with perpetual headwind. The bike was the one leg I had a good strong feel for. I was targeting an IF of 0.75 for the ride and managed to stick fairly close to this, I  was feeling pretty good on the bike so I did push it a little harder and finished with an IF of 0.78. I had managed to hit the lap button on my Garmin during transition so it had jumped over to bike mode a little early. I finished the bike pretty happy with my result but a little disappointed that I had been 3 minutes off my 3hrs. Was very pleasantly surprised by finding out that I did in fact make the 3hrs!

One big issue I found on the bike was caused by the excitement. I forgot to take my  salt stick capsules while riding. It was only when I felt a twinge in my right quad at the 80km mark that I suddenly had the horrible realisation that I had stuffed up my nutrition plan and would likely suffer on the run. Oops.

T2 was nice a quick, no surprises and not a lot to write about. Which is a nice, surprises at this stage would be horrid! Downed a bottle of gatorade from my bag, threw my shoes on and off I went!

Time: 02:59:39  (T2: 00:04:19)

Run

I knew I was going to be in trouble on the run from the moment I realised I had forgotton to take my salt pills on the run.

Ok some background is neeeded here. Thing is, I absolutely cannot stomach the on course nutrition. None of it. Winners Gels make me feel queasy and the taste of Endura Pineapple pretty much gets me close to throwing up for some reason. I normally have a pretty darn strong stomach, these are close to the only things I have found that give me issues! And of course that’s what is provided by Ironman. Believe me, I tried and I tried to get used to it during training but I just couldn’t.

So this brings us to the run. I hadn’t taken in any salt except what was in my pre packed bottles of gatorade I had on the bike. And I wasn’t able to take in the on course electrolytes. Or the on course gels (I did have my own gels on me race belt). Ok this gonna be bad.

And it was. I made it to about 7km and then my quads started to cramp up. I spent the next 14km straddling the knife edge between moving forward  as fast as manageable and not creeping over the threshold that would put my legs into full lock up mode.

It was challenging. Getting to the finish line was a massive relief. I was ecstatic to have finished my first 70.3 and relieved to not have to battle two cramping quads anymore!

Time: 02:09:55 (Total: 06:09:50)

All in all I am pretty happy with how my first long course triathlon went. I learned a lot about the sport from the experience and had a blast doing so.

Cairns 70.3 is an awesome course (in my limited experience) and I am stoked to have it right on my door step!

When all is done I must say, my favourite part of the day was heading out to the Bavarian Beer House and downing a Litre of beer. Followed by another. Really helped with recovery!

 

Here goes nothing!

Well folks, here goes nothing! I am (once again) firing up a blog! I have attempted to continue (I won’t say start as I have started a few times!) an online journal of sorts a few times over the years but none have ever stuck for too long.

This time I am hoping it will be different.

This time I am undertaking a rather big challenge and need every little bit of help I can get.

One week ago, on the 11th of September, I signed up for the 2018 Cairns Ironman.

I have willingly signed up to attempt to swim 3.8km, bike 180km and follow it all with a 42.2km run. It’s in 9 months. That’s enough time to make a baby… I’m hoping it’s enough time to make an Ironman!

I am hoping that writing about my journey to 140.6 will help me stay motivated over the next 9 months. Even if no one reads this the very act of having to write should help keep me accountable! If only to my own ego.

Going forward I plan to write about everything from training for an Ironman as a rank amateur with no idea to what I had for dinner and where I went camping on the weekend and everything in between.

Here is to bigger and better things going forward!