I will provide another post reflecting on the event later.
Swim - 37:51 - 52/63
Well, where the hell do I start? The swim course had changed from the original course to the following:
The swim start was amazingly chaotic - 2000+ people going into a bottleneck around the first turning point. It was carnage from the start. I fought my way through and kept swimming towards the next IM Buoy. The waves were big but I really enjoyed them. I had swam in conditions such as those several times in Elwood and I was comfortable as I have learnt how to read the waves. I did swallow water several times but that was unavoidable. The sharp turns around the pier and the buoys were a disaster in terms of logistics - it was bottleneck and we were vertical as we were going no where. The waves were high and it was hard to spot directional (yellow/orange) buoys and all you could do was follow the swimmers around you.
I spotted the last IM Buoy and knew that I had to swim to shore but no one else around me was...they were swimming towards the directional buoy and I didn't want to be accused of cutting the course short so I changed direction and swam towards the buoy and then back to shore. This was a fair way away from the end point which meant that I spent a minute or two running along the beach.
Nutrition: 2 gels + 200ml Gatorade
T1 - 9:07 58/63
Mentally, I was disciplined on the bike and kept pedalling. I saw plenty of people who pulled out during the bike leg and even some who decided to stop at the 135km mark (with no mechanicals) and just placed their bikes on the back of the truck. I had never spent so much time on the bike in my life and although I didn't break down mid race, I was broken as I knew that I had not achieved my goal time for the bike (at that moment). Without having much feedback from other competitors and seeing hardly anyone on the road, I placed myself in a deep hole as a reaction to how far behind in the pack I was.
Nutrition: 15 gel, 250ml of salt solution (500ml with 3 tablets), 3 x 750ml bidons of water, 150ml of Optimizer.
T2 - 5:12 39/63
|Running through the Great Provider|
|Running through Mentone Aid Station|
Nutrition: 10 gels, coke, water, 3 pieces of watermelon, 2 powerbar jellies.
55/63 for 30-34 Females
See Race Reflection post