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August, 2013

Ironman UK by Stephen

Dan and I running together at IMUK, shame for me that I couldn’t keep up!

 

On Sunday I raced IMUK. I had a fine swim, which I seem to be able to do these day and came out with Harry Wiltshire and our very own Dan Halksworth. Onto the bike and Dan and I took turns at setting the pace on the front, Dan did some very solid turns and we dropped Harry at the end of the 1st Lap I think. From then on it was Just Dan and I to the end of the bike which was nice:)

Onto the run and we heard that we had a good gap to all those behind, so it seemed it was a race between Dan and I. I felt good running out towards Bolton but around the 20km mark I lost most of my strength and energy and Dan carried on running very strongly. I did manage to get some pace going in the last 10km, but Dan was way ahead and eventually won with a great performance. It is difficult to defend a title from the previous year But Dan did just that with an improved performance on last year. Each year Dan has got better, so where he will stop, who knows!

Bella had a tough day and could have very easily called it a day on the run, but she very bravely carried on as best she could and I am very proud of her 4th place finish, well done Bella! Bella has done some amazing things in her Career; 15 Iron Distance titles and an ITU World Long Distance Title among many other results, with IM course records set all over the world. She was almost unbeatable in Ironman in 2008 and 2009, with a total of 9 ironman wins in just those 2 years, who has ever done that? No one to my Knowledge! Completely clean, I unfortunately have to say that in these depressing times of drug cheats!!

Anyway I just wanted to say how proud I am of Bella, she was a long way from her best shape but still put herself out there to do the best she could on that day.

Not that you couldn’t guess, but ask me, who is my sporting hero, Bella is! No doubt!

Ironman UK

ThankYou James Mitchell for the photo at the finish line.  He caught a few emotional moments that day!

It was very special to race Ironman UK last weekend with the support of such enthusiastic and warm spectators.
Maybe i am not fit enough, maybe I should not have started, having just finished a course of anti biotics for an ear and throat infection but excuses aside, I really did not want to miss this race. I just wish I could have done better. It was not fun dragging myself around that run course but with the amazing support from spectators stopped me from ending the day early and the thought of a DNF beside my name in the results was not what I wanted. My result has pained me these past few days. But I suppose I am only human and I can’t think I can win forever more.
It was interesting running slower right to the end. I saw more! And I chatted to some lovely and encouraging people. It gave me another perspective of Ironman racing.

I am now back onto another course of anti biotics for the ear infection! I am still feeling deaf in my ears! I am sorry if I did not answer to some people but actually I just could not hear you!
Congrats to Lucy on such a strong performance. You were truly brilliant on Sunday.
And congrats to Dan on his win and I am so proud of Stephen for being so tough for that 2nd place. Ironman racing is not easy! It was a special TeamTTB day with the dominant TeamTBB men’s race!
Thanks to Granny Sandra and Grandad John for making Charlie’s weekend so much fun. And thanks to Bolton for a nice 2nd birthday afternoon for Charlie on Monday 🙂
See you at Henley
Bella