A wee race report/review of Germany 70.3, which I did this last weekend, there doesn’t seem to have been much love for this event amongst forumites this year, the 2nd year the race has been run. So here’s my race report and a review of the event if you fancy it for 2009: My build up to the race hadn’t been perfect, going on holiday a month before, getting flu, then aggravating a recurring calf injury. I’d been aiming for sub 6 hour in this, my first half ironman distance race, but come race day, with no running for 4 weeks, I’d have been happy to finish. My race: The swim is in a marina, off the main flow of the river. So the water is dead calm and spectators are on their boats cheering you on as you go along the out & back course. Being as buoyant as a brick, I kept well out of the biff and just kept plodding along. I’d previously only raced Oly distance but had done plenty of OW practice in a local loch, so was confident that I could do the 1.9km if I kept to my slow but steady front crawl. There were helpers to drag you out at the end, up an almost vertical exit ramp and into T1. Out onto the bike course, a single loop of 90km on closed roads that went from undulating, to hilly, to 10% and challenging. The bike course is pretty tough, goto the race website to check out the elevation profile. The only good thing is that after each long climb there’d be a long, fast descent down some very twisty roads usually leading into a small village. Now I’m not the best climber, carrying maybe too many excess lager pounds compared to some of the whippets that were flying past me up the hills, But for some reason, a lot of the good climbers were complete girls’ blouses on the descents and I was able to get back in front, overtaking on the downhills & corners. The bike route goes through a lot of small towns & villages, giving plenty of ‘street racing’ opportunities. The locals were out in force, picnics and beer tents , Mexican waves – the Germans like their triathlons. Huge support on the climbs – on the final one ,”The Hammer”, it was a TdF fantasy with people either side, all the way cheering the riders on , a huge boost as I was in a fair amount of discomfort towards the end of that climb.