Race Report IronMan 70.3
Ok, this maybe a long one, time to grab a cup of tea or coffee and relax.
We travelled out to Mallorca for the Ironman 70.3 triathlon which was held in the resort of Alcudia in the North of the Island, we got in late Wednesday night after a long days traveling, so had a quick bite to eat and off to bed.
Thursday morning began with a recce of the swim course which was all marked out and ready to go. Wetsuit on and off I went the water was a lovely 18 degrees. This was my first open water swim of the year and of course took a bit of getting used to again, sighting was way off and needed to be practised before race day. Swam about 1500m and got out with the intention to swim Friday morning concentrating on sighting.
Thursday afternoon was taken up with registration, which consisted of signing on, collecting the race pack (more on this later), athletes wrist band and a stroll around the Ironman circus tents looking at all sorts of toys and gadgets. Drove the 90K bike circuit to have a look, the climb and descent were my main focus .Nice relaxing evening and off to bed early.
Onto to Friday morning, this was going to be busy, collect and assemble my bike that had been shipped over with 10 others in a Van, it was due to arrive 9AM. Collected the bike at 8:30 and headed straight back to the hotel.
Collected Conor & Killian and headed back to the beach for the IronKids registration, signed on and then back to hotel to collect the rest of the family.
Dave and Mike : You did it !!!
Dave Ahern and his family support crew — Congrats you are now an Ironman finisher 70.3
Dave stepped up to the plate having not even done an Olympic distance Triathlon !! Congrats big man. 5:29 and a smile to finish all those turbo sessions and treadmill run sessions have paid off
Mike Heaney, Mr all talk had an self made aero helmet self inflicted to help his running form and with a self predicted 7hr race he came home in 5:40. A1 Mr Heaney
The now annual “bank holiday” GoTri Triathlon training weekend incorporating the Pink Baloon 10km and the Tri the Bay Swim went ahead last weekend with great success.
The swim sessions over the weekend focused on doing the simple things right and aiming to complete the big bay swim, the difference in all the athletes was amazing.
The i3 swim series is open to swimmers of all ages and abilities. All you need to enter is a sense of adventure, a will to succeed and of course be able to swim. You can pick your own distance and start time and take to the water with hundreds of other like minded people to experience the amazing sensation of open water swimming.
You can enter the 5km as Wetsuit or Non-wetsuit (skins). Non Wetsuit swimmers will be required to have some experience in Non-Wetsuit open water swimming. .
Each start wave will consist of 100-200 swimmers of mixed abilities. A new wave enters the water every 30 minutes.
Swimmers will start on dry land and walk over timing mats, this is when your time starts so if you want to avoid the rush at the front you will still get an accurate time. Swimmers will also finish on dry land by crossing timing mates in the finish area surrounded by cheering supporters…