Marbella Ironman 70.3 – It’s taken a bit to digest this result…

As someone who sets very high standards for himself, I’m rarely satisfied with a race result and I’m often guilty of only posting about my successful results and not the disappointing ones.

On the weekend, I gave a performance that was far from my best, especially on the run where I failed to push through discomfort (stomach cramps and chest pain) in the early stages and never managed to get going at a pace near what I expected or hoped for.

However, I can’t only focus on the disappointments, and I have to be pleased with a couple of small wins.

  1. I swam a sub 25min swim (1:19 pace) in rough conditions which is on par with my best swims, which gives me encouragement that I can aim to be more in the mix for longer at my next focus race (Andorra 70.3) and not trailing the field straight after the swim (which is often a major worry).
  2. Despite my power on the bike being quite a bit off what I had hope/where it needs to be, I had a heap of fun on the bike, racing amongst a major chasing bike pack and I know that my bike legs will only get stronger now that I will be back riding in the Spanish mountains for the majority of the summer.
  3. After struggling with an achilles injury for the majority of the last 12 months, it was just nice to not feel or think about the achilles for the entire run.
  4. Racing with 4 of my @endurance_ts athletes and seeing them each push through their own challenges to finish one of the toughest 70.3s on the circuit was a really rewarding experience.

By Ryan Christian

Posted on 3rd Jun 2023