Well that really was not the day I wanted to have.
I went out thinking I could win it, but when the gun went off, I struggled from that moment on. I kept calm when hundreds of men were swimming over the top of me in the first 400 metres, but after 30 minutes I felt like I was blowing up, something I have never experienced before,
on the bike I felt weak from the start to the end, I am not sure why,
On the run, I tried to run, but after 12km Ironman Lanzarote came to an end for me.
It was far from what I expected I would do. It was a huge failure. And I am so disappointed.
But life goes on.
I will get myself ready for Challenge Aarhus on June 23rd,
ThankYou to everyone who supported me along the way on Saturday,
and a huge thankyou to Sands Beach Resort who have been so amazingly supportive to us.
Well that really was not the day I wanted to have.
At the weekend TeamTBB UK from SandsBeach Resort raced the Volcano Triathlon. It is a very popular olympic distance race organised every year 3 weeks before Ironman Lanzarote.
The last time Stephen and I raced an olympic distance triathlon was the Volcano in 2008, where I won the womens race and Stephen came 2nd in the mens race.
This year was as competitive as ever in mens and womens field so a great test for us! The 4 of us did’nt back off our training for this one as we all have our eyes on the upcoming races in the coming months. So heavy legged we gave ourselves a shock to the system by racing this short fast race.
The gun went off at 10am and we swam the choppy 1500 swim in Club La Santa lagoon. Eimear and I started beside each other and after about 200m she was able to use her new swim strength to swim away.
Camilla Pederson took minutes out of all the girls and again on the bike she took more minutes from us. Eimear passed Michelle Vesterby quickly on the bike and I worked at closing the gap to Michelle the whole ride.
Camilla ran solid and got the win easily, Eimear ran very well and took 2nd and I managed to pass Michelle on the run to get on the podium.
ThankYou for the photo, Bob Foy,
It was a good shock to my muscles, now its 2 more weeks of training here at SandsBeach till I freshen up for Ironman Lanzarote. I wont race Eimear at the Ironman, she will race Challenge Barcelona the same weekend.
This past weekend we were at Playitas for Challenge Fuerteventura.
It was perfect for us to have such a great race so near to us. No flights needed, just a short car and ferry trip from Lanzarote.
Before the race I thought a top 5 result would be good in the competitive field, so to get 4th made me happy. A perfect tough training day for the upcoming races and a small pay check too.
It was also great to see Eimear, who I have been helping the last 7 months put together the race I knew she could. She has been working diligently on her training every day and that pays off. I believe we will see her name pop up a lot in the races this year.
ThankYou Playitas for accommodating us all, we all had a very comfortable and happy few days. We will be back next year!
Now we are home to SandsBeach on Lanzarote. It is great to be back and we are already into our routine to prepare for the upcoming races.
Another day of training at the paradise of Sands Beach Resort Lanzarote,
For the past 2 weeks the Bayliss’s have been on the move. The 3 of us travelled to London to take Charlie to his grandparents so that Stephen and I could travel on our own to East London for 70.3 South Africa.
Unfortunately there is nothing good to report from that trip! Neither of us had good races, even though we were sure we were ready to do a decent job. We dont like making excuses but we think we travelled to the race too late as we were both cramping badly early in the race.
However the winner of the mens race Bart Arnoutts did very similer travel to us and he had no problems!
Although both Stephen and I did badly, it was great that TeamTBB's Jodie Swallow was so strong and won the womens race, well done Jodie!
The night after the race I managed to get awful food poisening so that was not a fun way to end our time in East London!
We were so happy to be re united with Charlie in London. We did'nt enjoy being away from him. From London we flew to Aberdeen to visit my family. I was very grateful to the pilot of the EasyJet flight that day as flying into very snowy Aberdeen Airport was a bit scary, but on the 2nd landing attempt we were on the ground safely.
For the past few days we have been catching up with my family who we dont see very often,
On Sunday we travel back to our winter base at SandsBeach resort on Lanzarote, to get fit for Challenge Fuerteventura and Ironman Lanzarote. We cant wait.
Yesterday Stephen and I raced the Lanzarote Marathon which started and finished here at Sands Beach Resort. It was easy for us because we only had to walk 200 metres from our apartment to the start line!
The course was really beautiful going along the coast from here in Costa Teguise, along the front at Arrecife past Lanzarote Airport and turning on the Ironman Lanzarote run course in Puerto del Carmen, and back.
It is always special when Stephen and I can both win on the same day,
and yesterday was one of those days!
Charlie enjoyed watching impressive performances at the kids marathon the day before. He is entered into next years race!
Later in the day Stephen, Kat, Charlie and I had a game of football in the park to loosen our legs,
here we are resting on the slide at half time!
9th place at 70.3 Lanzarote is not what I want to write about! And to top it all off Stephen did not have a good race either. So we really have to move on from that result, do some proper training and get faster for the next!
Apart from our under par performances it was a great race! A real test. 25 mile an hour winds on a hilly bike course showed who can ride and who cant!
I want to mention Eimear Mullan who I have been helping through TeamTBB, she started the day with a slower swim but rode strong and ran herself into 6th place prize money, in a competitive field with a fast run. Well done Eimear.
I also want to mention Fay Dellimore from the UK who only likes to race in Lanzarote She races Ironman Lanzarote every year. When she started she was a bigger lady, coming to the finish line in 17 hours, in 2012 she came to the finish line in just over 13 hours. After lots of hard work and miles of swimming biking and running she is a slender little lady who did a brilliant performance of 6 hours for the 70.3 on Saturday! Its looking good for 2013!
ThankYou very much to the amazing support we received during the race.
A day with the Bayliss’s is a busy day! It starts at 5.30am for me and finishes at 9pm.
Here are some photos of a day with us!