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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.