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I have'nt seen a race report thread yet so I figured I'd start one. I'll try to keep this brief since I'm at an internet cafe getting ripped off by the minute. So here goes to set the record straight:
The moral of this story is if you don't train for an Ironman then prepared for a very, very hard day.
As I've posted leading up to the race, my training has been totally crap this year due to much traveling for work. Hopefully after reading this I won't get so many sandbagging remarks. Before coming to Nice I had done one swim since IM Florida which was last November. I've hardly ridden my bike the year and my longest ride this year was 67 miles which was the first week of May. In fact I have gone stretches of two weeks or more without being on my bike at all. My running has even been crap this year. My 1.5 mile run for my military annual fitness test this year was my worst time in my 11 year military career.
So I arrived in Nice guessing I had a fair chance of a DNF. I did manage to rectify the horror of IM Florida last year by having an immodium along with my breakfast on race morning, so that worked a treat. At the start of the race I hobbled over the horrible stones on the beach with everyone else into the water. It was a bit like IMDE as when I was in the water I wasn't quite sure which way to go except for to follow everyone else. It was a poorly marked goofy swim course. My swim stroke felt pretty good but it was slow going. I came out of the first lap (2.4k) in 1:07 by my watch and I was tired and was ready to be finished with the swim. I headed back in for lap 2 and just survived it to come out around 1:50 for the whole 3.8k. My swim at IM Florida was 1:30 by comparison, so no swim training definitely cost me. But on the upside at least I know I can still make the distance since swim is a bit like riding a bike in that you don't forget how to do it once you learn. I ran up the ramp and the supporters were great to see! Having the Pirate team there is such a huge boost. I can a big hug to get him wet then hobbled up to transistion.