Ironman Oz Race Report

IMG_3480This was a day that I have been looking forward to for some time now. I had some demons from Port Macquarie after suffering a DNF in 2015 and I was ready to put those demons to bed.

The opportunity to race an ironman distance race so close to home is something that a lot of other Novocastrians and I took part in (including one individual who completed his 100th ironman on Sunday- that’s a combined 22600km of racing)!!!

The swim started calmly enough however, I was slow out of the water but next I was into my favourite leg. The bike did not disappoint as I was able to become one with the road and the 180km seemed to fly by. The wind and the rain for the final 80km certainly made things tough, but I had a smile on my face the entire time.

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Onto the run the rain really started coming down. A 4 lap course made up the 42km and a solid hill each lap meant you felt every single lap. The legs felt strong and holding a rhythm wasn’t too bad, but no surprises the speed certainly dropped off over the last 18km.IMG_3496

 

The crowd support made the whole day so much easier with music blaring, cheering and smiling faces. The  spectators seemed to lift me down the finish Shute in a total time of 10:19. A 19 minute personal best and a great chance for me to see what the body is capable of and release my inner athlete.