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Ironman Lanzarote

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Today I am enjoying a relaxed day with Charlie, Stephen, Granny and Grandad Bayliss after a really hard effort at my first Ironman in 21 months!

My first race back after having Charlie was Challenge Fuerteventura 5 weeks ago, and it was good preparation for yesterdays Ironman Lanzarote.

I have now raced Ironman Lanzarote 5 times so I knew what I was in for and it did not let me down!
A hectic swim, of course I stand right at the front beside all the big men, so I get a bit smashed up. This time I actually got pushed under, that is a horrible experience, I wanted to find a space and lie on my back and get saved right there and then after 600m! but I kept going…
The ride was beautiful but such hard work. no rest! either up hill, against the wind or over rough surfaces. I felt like I should get off my bike after 90km, but I kept going…

getting the mountains in at Challenge Fuerteventura 5 weeks ago. ThankYou James Mitchell for the photos, we look forward to seeing your Ironman Lanzarote photos!

When I got to the run I was surprised that I was moving along well, and continued to run well till 30km ..the last 10km got very hard but I managed to keep it going…
I really was not quite ready for such a tough race, although I have been training I hav’nt had enough miles in my body for such a long tough race but I thought I had enough to get around.

It is amazing how things change in these races, at one minute you think you are going so bad, but then later on you are still going and other people are having rough times, at one stage I was in 5th place, but at the end I got myself into 2nd place, I was very happy to finish and very happy to finish 2nd! I was also so happy that Stephen managed to race strong and finish 2nd. We are happy Bayliss’s today, we believe we are going in the right direction!

It was so good to see Charlie at the finsih line, it was a long day without him, the longest I have spent away from him, and it was made even longer because I was held up at drug testing for 4 and a half hours, ….because I could not pee. 4 and a half hours is a long time, but not my record, I have had a 5 hour wait once!

ok time to go, I have a crawling climbing baby to chase now!

TeamTTB Gran Canaria ready for Lanzarote

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

In 2 weeks time Team TBB Gran Canaria, (Dan, Stephen and myself) will race Ironman Lanzarote.
Ironman Lanzarote is one of my real favorites because hills/volcanoes, heat and wind test physical fitness and mental strength. No bike packs are formed, little advantage is given to anyone by drafting on the bike. I like this because fair results are the outcome.
This year, rookie Dan will race after his great race at Challenge Fuerteventura last month. It is great to see Dan improve. Last year he came to train with Stephen and I in Ibiza for a few weeks. He was quite new to the sport, had talent but not much experience for it, now with a good few races and great training under his belt he is really improving! Have a great race in Lanzarote Dan, …but dont beat Stephen again! ha ha!!! :)

Dan last year at Challenge Fuerteventura

Dan this year at Challenge Fuerteventura!

Stephen is ready for Ironman Lanzarote, his training is all there, he just needs to show it at one of these races coming up. I know he will perform at one of the races, we will just have to see if it will be Lanzarote or another race down the road!

Stephen getting some miles in on Lanzarote a few years ago.

I will also be racing. Hopefully Stephen and I will start healthy and fresh, unlike Challenge Fuertaventura where we were on our last legs as the gun went off.

We all hope to feel better for Ironman Lanzarote, ..not ill like in Fuerteventura!

Winning in Lanzarote in 2009

I love Lanzarote, I know the island well as we have spent a fair bit of time training there and two of my really special Ironman wins have been in Lanzarote so I am definitely looking forward to the 19th of May.
Unfortunately the prize money on offer is minamal, I dont know why but TeamTBB Gran Canaria will be doing our best anyway.

Charlie is not preparing for Ironman Lanzarote, he is keeping his eye in for golf competitions!

Ok, time to go ride up some mountains here in Gran Canaria so I am as ready as possible for the volcanoes in Lanzarote! :)