Post race report. I’ll try to be short and sweet.
I did have a goal to get under 6 hours. My official result is 5:52:24. The swim was tough, but I felt good. My time of 40:19 (faster than my swim at Noosa and that was 1500m).
The bike, well, gotta make my first 70.3 a memorable one. First, my bottle of nutrition fell off. Then I had a “fight” with a witches hat at the 40km mark. I came away with minor cuts and a bruise on the hip. The bike faired worse. The support crew (who, by some miracle, just happened to be there) thought my cassette detached. I was already devastated expecting a DNF. Then they saw it was just the back wheel that fell off. After some adjustments (including the handlebar which was bent), I was off again. Lost the bottom two gears which made the ride tougher.
But I still managed a sub 3 hour ride (around 2:52. And after auto pause on the Garmin it showed2:46). Swim and bike goals achieved.
Unfortunately the effort on the bike affected my run but it was ok as I was on track.
Ran my slowest half marathon to date at around 2:10. But after some great advice (thanks Will), I walked the last 20 metres. Soaking in the atmosphere, it was electric. Then to cross the line…all the early mornings, all the highs and lows with training and earlier events…I felt the wave of emotions take over. This is SO WORTH IT.
The support from Mum and dear (and fellow crazy) training buddies along with great mates has been invaluable.
Thanks to Emma and the crew at SBTC for making me feel welcome. I enjoyed this so much that I’ll be back next year for sure! Oh and that medal is the coolest I’ve seen!