I don’t think I’ve ever been more tired than while trying to run last 15 km of last Sunday race. They say ignorance is a bliss, and this time I had no privilege to be a first timer. Well, the plan was simple - don’t mess up swim too much, smash the bike, survive the run and do it all below 5:30. You might say that it’s a low goal, but being a smoking coach potato for many years I found it accurate for a second half Ironman race. Mission accomplished, and I’m now even more hungry for that sport.
My lifew has been kind of in hiatus for last few weeks. I've finished last race of the year and took few weeks of from the trainig regime (didn't gain any weight!). I've finished working for my last employer as well, which turned out to be one of the best things that happened to me. Not because last job was bad or something, but it just pushed me to take some risk and accept new role.
I've rebooted my life last week. Quite literally I've turned it upside down! New job, new flat, new city. Hell, even new hemisphere. I've moved to Auckland, New Zealand.
I'm sitting in a small restaurant at this small Spanish airport waiting for my plane to London. It has been by far the best week in last few years, and I'm still packed with endorphins. Few minutes ago I talked to another finisher, from 75 - 79 age group. He has done his first Ironman when I was 2 years old. I wonder if I'm going to be racing in 45 years. For now I've done my first half Ironman distance race.
I swum 1.9, cycled 90 and run 21 km on hot roads of Lanzarote. When I picked up this race few months ago I just chose the last European race in 2013. Only later I found out that this is not that common for a first 70.3. Perhaps ignorance is a bliss.
It has been only a week since I've finished the London Triathlon, the race I've been preparing since January. Few months ago it was my ultimate goal for the year, but as it turned out you really can get addicted to racing, even as an age grouper. I was searching for another race in few months and decided to go all in. In 9 weeks I'm going to swim 1.9km, cycle 90km and run 21.1km in one of the most iconic races in Europe. I've signed up for Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote!
Back in January, this was my ultimate goal for this year - finish an olympic distance triathlon. It seemed so distant and difficult and now it's all done! Surprisingly I got a perfect weather, sunny but not too hot, which is not that often in London. It started to rain few hours after I finished, but at that point I didn't matter anymore. After Mumbles swim I was little scared, yet I've set up a goal to finish below 2:30. I crossed the finish line at 2:27 and it made me happy for the whole week!
Back in December, when I decided to do triathlon, it looked like a long journey. I have just signed up for Virgin Active London Triathlon ballot, couldn't swim more than 50 meters and didn't actually know anything about the sport. Week ago, as a preparation for above (I got the spot after all) I finished my first triathlon! It was not easy nor pretty, but I have done it. Officially a triathlete. Here is my race report for Mumbles Triathlon 2013.
I've survived my first triathlon! While I still wait for photos from the event, let me just share one that clearly describes how awful my swim was.
This was a great week and even better weekend. I've completed my first even run at Triathlon Show 2013 with not that embarrassing time of 47 minutes and 36 seconds. On top of that I've bought few things with quite nice prices (but when you add few cheap things, your account still cries!). If that’s not enough, I've beaten the 10000 calories from last week. Crazy, fun, fatigue and some more crazy.