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fat buddha wrote (see)
TC - you won the numpty award as soon as you rocked up late for the 1st wave swim start and then proceeded to swim the wrong way!! there were a lot of wide open mouths amongst everyone on the bank.....then laughter....
Briliant, no one post has made me laugh so much in ages!!
after already doing 12 ironman events this year..... I'm n ot suprised you forgot what direction you were swimming in
glad you managed to sort it out
all practise for the deca I take it
TC - that is a classic story. I kept seeing you around the bike course and recognised you from your denims. Spotting forummers in the flesh is a bit like spotting celebrities to me!
What a year you've had. I told my family, who thought I was crazy for doing an Iron distance, that there was someone here racing for the 13th time this year as an example of real craziness!
drums fingers on desk.
jaffa's report still not on
It's like my race SA, started off really well but the last part of it seemed to take forever to finish
Will finish off tonight and post from home (I hope!)
Jaffa_ wrote (see)
It's like my race SA, started off really well but the last part of it seemed to take forever to finishWill finish off tonight and post from home (I hope!)
Back to Henley, bike racked, transition bags left and home for pizza and just the 1 glass of wine.
SwimRace morning arrived with a 4.20am alarm, and swiftly into trying to force down breakfast of porridge pot, bagel & peanut butter and some rice pudding. Faffed about for too long before jumping in the car and arriving at the Business School about an hour before my wave swim start. Nutrition on bike then realised I’d left arm warmers in the car, idiot. Got these & left them on the bike, that’ll save me a bit of time. A quick chat with FB who was reffing T1, and then saw WW’s support crew running along with her forgotten racechip, (so at least I’m not the only forgetful person this weekend I thought), a hug and some patented Jaffa style motivation with a slightly tearful WW soon sorted her out. Something new, anti fog drops in the goggles, they worked a treat as well thanks WW, maybe we should have sprayed them in the river as it was so misty I wasn’t sure where I was going. Soon time to jump in the river and I couldn’t work out why people were hanging back so far from the buoy, now I generally like to start nearer the back of a swim but there was no way I was giving up 25m, so took up position about 5m short of the start line to the left (middle of Old Father Thames) and away we went. Swim was chilly but just put my head down and tried to concentrate on strong strokes, sighted every 10 strokes or so until I realised the current was dragging me towards the bank but there was plenty of room out there so no real argy bargy at all. Temple Island came and went (turnaround point for the half distance swimmers) and it was on this stretch that a random thought popped into my head “Oh crap I’ve left my bike speedo in the car”, the turn around buoy came and went and tried to stay to the right nearer the centre of the river on the way back. Had a few minor problems trying to work out which way to go as everyone else seemed to be much nearer the bank, found the occasional pair of feet to work off, back past Temple Island and then another random thought popped into my head “I can’t remember putting cycle gloves on my bike or into my change bag either” soon enough was heading to the final marker buoy and then into the swim exit, got hauled out of the water, wobbled a lot as had ice blocks for feet and ice cream head. 1:27:39 – Swim PB, no complaints
T1Slowly walked up to T1, broke into a jog 20m short of entry, grabbed my bag and into the change tent. Tipped everything out, got changed, quick jog to the bike, high 5’s with Buddha on way out and away we go. 08:10 – A marginal T1 PB - Happy with that seeing as I’m a master of faffing.
5k to go and the heavens opened again, however the armwarmers and cap were back on by this stage so I didn’t feel too cold. This torrential downpour left me running along the towpath of the Thames, through huge amounts of standing water in the dark, a slightly surreal experience having completed my other IM races when there was more daylight available.Over a by now mostly deserted Henley Bridge for the final time, thank the final feedstation and every marshall / supporter I passed along the way and then into the Finish chute, the rain is forgotten by now and I milk the crowd, over the line for a marathon PW. All of a sudden feel very emotional and want to burst into tears, at this stage I need to give massive thanks to Victoria, (one of Witch’s Support Crew) who hung around in the wet to make sure I got over the line safely and gave me a much needed hug at the end.
After this tried to eat but couldn't really manage it, got a lift back from the events team to pick up my car at T1, and grabbed my bike and one of my Transition bags as the other had gone missing, pleased to hear that it's since been found but I bet it's stinking by now!
My feet were in bits and only now am I just about able to walk without looking like an extra from a John Wayne movie, not sure what caused this, running gait or trainers too tight but hopefully it'll be the first and last time I feel like that.Would I recommend this race, absolutely. For a first running I think the Just Racing team did a great job, a few teething troubles and some areas for improvement but can't fault the venue or course. Despite the 2000m of bike climb, I don't think this is a slow course, only 2 real hills per lap and plenty of quick stretches on the bike, a decent cyclist would put in a really good time.Pleased to see that they've announced the 16th Sept 2012 as next year's date, I'll be back in Henley that weekend..........supporting those of you who think it's a good late season race to do.
Thanks for staying awake long enough to read my drivel & the online support from you all on the day.
better late than never!
top reporting sir