I know it's very long. Wrote this at the
There's also a really short 'My Journey' in the
It was no small task just to get there and back on my
difficult to unbox bike, get all my stuff to transition and back to
hotel, box bike afterwards to leave hotel room by
to use the overpriced taxis and transfers and juggled both
cardboard bike box and suitcase which proved to be harder than
expected because the swiss seem to love steps and dislike
steps up to the train station both direction, up to the train
itself, then inside the train. Airport is full of steps and the
small hotel didn't have a lift, either.
charming btw, beautiful location as well.
into two problems straight.
alarm was beeping constantly in my room in need of new
batteries and my tooth crown have fallen out. Glued it
back with superglue.
locals much more helpful when speaking german.
Not a nice
start but at least got exhausted from it and slept really very
the tram station just under the window and the church bell over the
every quarter of an hour once and every hour - that means 12 at
again and was full of energy in the morning. Loved the buzz
pros - Ronnie Shildknecht seemed very relaxed - and
admired their bikes. They are very small frames btw, the first two
women's bike (K.Thurig, E.Csomor) had even smaller than regular
was very crowded from start to finish.
It was a
run into water start which I've never done before.
been a women only start which I used but soon we all got mixed
It was the
most aggressive swim I've done and it never settled
had to fight just to stay on surface although I swum very
just had been at an unfortunate crowded place I couldn't get out
There was a
small island to run through and there was a queue in front of the
ramp with extra punching.
A huge huge
ship also came very close in the second lap causing big
I even got
seasick from floating that much up and down but it went away
All in all
slowest swim ever for me by far.
been no race clock at all except at the finish line
(which you saw every lap on the run) so luckily I didn't know
to calm down in T1
after the stressful swim and started the bike feeling
bikes were racked very tight. From 'head to toe' so the back wheels
really didn't count but the drops were tangled with both
neighbouring bikes' drops.
so little space the bikes maybe wouldn't have fitted in in their
bike course a lot. Mapmyride and ridewithgps showed me huge hills
with steep, technical descents. I was told it was not so bad and I
would make it but I didn't believe in it.
the bike last August, had to learn all those technical bits
(clipless, tri bar, tyres and tubes, gears, tools, co2 cartridges)
that come natural to cyclists but I had no cue.
I'd like to
thank you for all the good advice.
related knee problems till April. I've sorted it out at last,
probably a bit too late.
release my grip on the go so had to stop just to drink in the
bars or cornering was unrealistic at least.
handling did get slightly better still I felt I wasn't
bike course. A bit hilly, yes, but not
I've done a lot hillier in training.
Beast I knew I'd make it if I got no technical problems with the
although I was worried about a disturbing noise in the smaller
been a huge thunderstorm lasting about 90 min with deafening
lightnings and very strong headwind just as I'd been on a long
exposed drag called Beauty on the second lap.
longest training rides proved to be very helpful after
bit of SRS Eastbourne was very windy - bike stopped on a downhill
at Beachy Head and it has been raining for 6 hours
straight during Tour the Weald.)
hardly see the road from the heavy rain so had to be careful, there
has been branches and puddles on road. Couldn't use the tri bars
afterwards but it has been useful till then.
At my speed
it's not that more aero but I felt the difference in the
wind and it provided me with another comfortable hand
held my third drink bottle as I thought I'd have to stop for
getting the bottles at feed stations and the less I needed to stop
surprised how easy it was getting a bottle from a
got soon sick from PBdrinks and sticked to water from then
Had a bento
box for the bars and a gel bottle, too. Precious advice it was,
on the bike is crucial for a strong finish. You must literally
counted the calories and carbs for my HIM and sticked to that
amount per hour later in training. Unfortunately couldn't eat even
close to plan during IM. I'm sure I'd have got into serious
difficulties late in the marathon if I'd sticked to my usual
on open roads but it was very low traffic and marshalls stopped
cars at junctions and roundabouts.
no signs at all (except no aero bar descent signs) but marshalling
on the bike route was very good by the time I got there -
but two pros got lost. How could that
around 40k there has been a curb on course. It was on a descend,
second part of a corner. I'm not sure if I'd have seen it without
slowing down because of the ambulance. Poor chap didn't look good
at all. There has been two more curbs to negotiate but not in
Hill is steepish but quite short. Well, second time it seemed
was amazing but scary here. A'la Tour de France the crowds are
crazy leaving just a small gap to get through. My adrenaline level
shot high as it was way too close for my liking.
were great throughout although the best ever crowds are
probably at Hastings half marathon
stopped just before T2,
so I was lucky to run in brand new dry socks.
I've heard Erika Csomor from Hungary would
finish very soon.
from cycling shorts to running shorts from my worst scenario
It was no
worst scenario, in fact I was all smiles and over the
meantime Csomor came in 3rd after last week's 2nd at
interviewed straight away.
slow transition. Never mind. I made the bike cut off.
From now on I truly enjoyed every minute of
realizing my dream.
Time flew by on the run
because it's 4 laps with lots of turning points
and I got to see most people on my first lap.
got less crowded and I chatted almost all the way.
Tri is the
only sport I know of in which you're actually in the same race as
the pros and the top age groupers. I loved it.
It got very
hot again soon. Late in the run oranges, pretzels and soup were
wet sponges. They seemed extreme weird until I tried.
It's not completely flat although it's a
lakeside. There are under and over passes and there has been quite
a lot of gravel, a lot of different styles of cobblestones, plain
mud and even wooden ramps.
There's a bit more about the run at the end
finish line was a blast. The crowds
announcer must had a view on the arrivers because I've heard my
name minutes ahead as he commented on (what I thought
at the time) my sprint.
IMCH was very well organized. I think this year there has been
negative bits although with an event this big it might be
into transition to check in the bike was a nightmare.
known I just missed McKormack I'd been even more upset)
were very few loos, 4 on the bike route and
~10 on the run for 2000 people.
been several urinals, which helped.
been one at every feed station on the bike route but there wasn't
any at Heartbreak Hill feed station for sure - I know because I
planned to stop to refuel at the top
asked for it. There has been one just before it but decided not to
ride back down.
race there has been nothing to refuel except PowerBar gels, bars
couldn't even look at anything PowerBar.
wasn't even any water. I am slow and understand the cake was gone
but no water???
I had water and a protein bar in my drop in bag.
director had been quite rude at race briefing.
announced the extra 2 miles due to roadworks (steep decend and 66m!
ascend) with a huge smile on.
us he was the boss there and could do anything he
The 50 Kona
qualifiers wouldn't get their slots if they wouldn't be there at
the very moment he announced their name at the award ceremony.
After one minute he'd delete the name and the next finisher would
get the slot.
He told us
there has been huge debates over this in the past but as long as he
was race director it'd get allocated this way. His approach simply
are clearly wrong
T shirt is most ugly
could have foreseen this 2 years ago.
2009 I was 223lbs /over 100 kg with
four young kids feeling very miserable.
I wanted to
do sg with my looks. I saw all the runners in town and decided to
give it a go.
done any sports before and realized I couldn't run with that weight
swimming. Could do sg similar to breaststroke but couldn't do the
it from the web (goswim, swimsmooth) then joined the Marlins
able to do one length. Jon didn't want to have me but I'd been
desperate by then.
2009 I started jogging. Taking up
running for the first time in life is very rewarding.
remember my first
jog ever. It didn't last a minute.
Improved every week.
2010 I went down for a swim on a
Thursday night. Joined MSTC
2010: HM (Hastings)
2010: Marathon (Essex)
2010: bought a bike and entered IM
2011: HIM (Marshman)
2011: IM Switzerland
meantime all my boys (3) started swimming with the Marlins - and
they're good at it!
2011: my husband's first tri
2011: hubby has entered IM Austria
and me shared our journeys to IM.
is really heart warming and extraordinary.
there are a lot more great stories out there among Ironman
anyone can do it (I mean at the 'just finish' pace) with a bit of
A reason to
do it helps a lot, too.
I did have
an awful lot of smaller problems with cycling all
ligament issues but I also went down on ice in January hurting my
stung by a wasp on the eyelid on my very last ride before IM. My
eyelids got swollen,
trouble just to get home and half my face was painful for
difficulties can be overcome, they probably made me even more
not be for everyone, though. It's either slooow or very
I do enjoy
being slow on my own and relaxing.
think I couldn't get much faster. I tried but don't enjoy intervals
I must be a
longer distance type because I start to feel really good only after
about an hour.
take that much time if you use your time wisely.
trainer is unfortunately a must for time saving.
an hour on it makes me tired every time. If I'm really pushing it
20 min does it.
have to run a lot for an IM marathon finish. 3 shorter runs a week
4-4.30 must be different.)
averaged only one run a week plus a 15min brick run every other
week this year. Sad.
I've been running a lot. But you've got only so many hours a
swimming and prioritized cycling because I wasn't able to hold the
needed speed for even half (or quarter of) an hour in the
beginning. So running became last and got dropped week after
I did 2
marathons and several HMs before so I knew I would manage it
run I couldn't know how much more energy I'd got or whether my
digestion would last and I wanted a sure finish.
during a longer brick session I collapsed. A complete stranger
called my hubby.
I even had
gastrointestinal bleeding. Most scary.
got home unexpectedly early. I've just eaten my curry but forgot
about it and decided to use the extra time for training. Felt good.
in seconds. Didn't really have time to react. I felt falling down
and blacked out.
I guess I'd
pushed through severe hypoglycaemia because I couldn't digest the
curry on the bike and wasn't eating either as I've just
to run for quite a while after this.
seeing so many people sick on the first lap (light coloured shorts
in an IM marathon look really disgusting with brownish filling) I
decided to go deliberately slower.
was most helpful with pacing. Finishing time really didn't
probably I couldn't have been much faster anyway.
It was like
a good party, enjoyed every minute of it.
surprisingly well on Monday but always had trouble on the Tuesdays
after a long Sunday ride. It's Tuesday evening now and I still have
no muscle or other pain at all.
time I might push it having a time goal in mind
but I didn't want to risk my first IM finish. I did
sprint the last km.
unfortunately also a good bye letter.
knowing this for a month or two
been too sad to share.
moving back to Hungary this July.
sad about this. I'll miss UK a lot
especially will miss MSTC and triathlon.
I'll try to
keep it up back in Hungary, too.
harder as it's very cold for 4 months
hot for 2 months a year.
weather is perfect for outdoor sports.
MSTC. You've been helpful sharing your experience.
Got lots of
inspiration from you along the way.