|Molly with medal and finishers towel|
Sunday , March 23 2014, Race Day
I had a few hours of sleep as I kept waking up with a baby next door crying . Not the best possible night's rest but it probably did not matter much. i managed to get ready quickly , have a cup of tea and a half a croissant with a bottle of infinite . I had all my bottles for the bike and the Tri travel bus picked us up at the Hotel and we got to Frankston by 6am . Got straight to the bike and pumped the tires and sorted out the nutrition . I did not see anyone at all and just got ready . The worst part of the race was waiting for the start. I changed into my wetsuit at 7am and then left my street bag by 7.15 and headed for the beach . managed a short warm up just after the mens professionals started. The weather was cool but the water was flat and pretty comfortable.
|Picture of the Pros starting taken by Delly Carr the iconic triathlon photographer and in the picture album of Triathlete magazine's website|
|Age group mass start Frankston Pier|
The age groupers started at 7.38am. It was about 14C but the water was about 20C and comfortable. It was a crowded and slow start as expected.I tried to swim after the front swimmers pushed off but as it was still shallow water it took a while before everyone was off. it was a axe shaped course and a few turns which made for a fairly crowded swim.i had swimmers around me all through the course and being fairly slow I thought I would have some open water. I found the swim quite comfortable in the end given my lack of training at least for the distance .other than the jetty swim a few weeks earlier I had not had much swimming practice at that distance , just lots of short swims on Sunday for the Rottnest Team swim.
I got out of the water but did cramp as I stood but was OK and and made my way through to T1. I had about 1.25 hr on my Garmin . Not too bad given the number of turns but about 5 mins slower than my Busso swim time. i was a little slow at transition but had to pack my stuff in my bag and hand it in as I ran out. Got onto the bike course as quick as i could. It was really fast on the outward journey but which i did in about 1.20 but the return was slow as and again I slowed down considerably on the last 90km .The legs felt fine but I just did not have the speed .I had about 6.42 on my Garmin which was one of my slower efforts
|stopped at the penalty box to say Hi to Debra Kirkham ,marshaling at the race.Pic by DK|
Transition 2 was faster but again I took my time to change my socks and put Vaseline on my feet . I made the mistake of not wearing my long sleeve jumper for the run as I really started getting cold after the 10km mark. The first 5 -8km were fine but my lack of training did tell and I just fell off the radar with my run getting slower and slower. I walked the aid stations and sort of ran between them . the quads were really hurting at the end. As it was a late start , it got dark by about 6.30 pm in the evening and for the last 12 kms I ran in the dark . There were a few spectators cheering us along and the volunteers along the stations were great.. The last 2 km were the best as I could see the end and the pace picked up along the St Kilda foreshore. Like all Ironman races , it is just good to finish.There were no huge expectations for this race and I enjoyed it for the experience.As I crossed utterly exhausted , I did think of one member of my club who passed away tragically a week earlier whilst riding .It was sudden and unexpected .He was at IM New Zealand the year before and after he had finished his race and changed , came back and watched me cross the line . If anything , however slow a race it was I was thankful for the chance to race and the people that I meet and the friends and fellow club members . Life is short , the secret is to make the most of it.
Overall Rank: 1635