Wow what a week!!!!
This past week I have been hobbling around everywhere, the race in Korea took soooo much outta me, more than any other race I:ve ever done including Ironman due to the insane downhill run course and lack of running training
Instead of tuning my engine this week, I:ve been trying to get myself to the start line without the use of crutches or a wheelchair!!!
Saturday I woke up to be able to finally touch most of my legs without too much pain, which lifted spirits no end.
I swam with the lead pack of Keiren Doe, Luke Mckenzie, TBB team mate Hiro and Tim Marr. Once onto the bike we unfortunately dropped Hiro straight away, and Luke and I took turns of setting the pace. Keiren and Tim, looked to be struggling a bit, as they also did the Korean race and I thought late in the bike there might be an oppotunity to drop them, so at 140km I lifted the pace and myself and luke pulled away putting 6min into them in the last 40km.
Due to my limited run prep, I had orders from Doc to target a top 5 place so I set off at a pace I thought would get me that as I had quite a lead over the rest of the field. To cut a long and painful story short, I lost 2nd at 24km, 3rd at 35km and ended up 7th:(.
So not the top 5 we wanted, but I guess, hey I ran a marathon, my achillies didn:t hurt once, and I finished an Ironman when 2days earlier it appeared impossible (in my mind I never doubted a finish though )
I have been looked after soooo well here in Japan, my homestay has been absolutely fantastic, the food incredible, the race office awesome, the friendliness of the locals just shows how much they love this race here.
I also got to spend the best part of 2 weeks with Keiren Doe and Tim Marr who I got on with great, and enjoyed our week of hobbling and efforts to get right by race day.
Splits Swim 46:15 Bike 4:40:35 Run 3:31 ouch
(disclaimer:this was written 11pm race day so may or may not make sense hehehe)