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Saturday, 16 July 2016

Conway Middle Distance Triathlon ~ 6 hours 31 minutes and 3 Seconds!

I decided to enter this as a training event for my full Ironman event in Sep 2016 as although only half the distance at a total of 68 miles, it was a very similar structured event with a sea swim, hilly bike ride (1,000m of climbing) and a looping flat coastal run to finish. It was also going to be an ideal opportunity to refresh the experience of a mass start Sea swim... Usually quite a brutal experience!

3m run to start
My training in the months before had been going pretty well but on reflection, the previous weekend of partying in Mallorca for my wife Karen's birthday with a very late mid week flight back and disturbed sleep in the run up to the event was perhaps not the best preparation for my first half Ironman (but a bloody good party)! ;-)

Unfortunately, despite flat calm seas on the day, due to an accidental sewage spill in the area the day before, the swim was pulled and replaced with a 3 mile run to proceed the bike and proper run. That was a bit of a setback but with such a good atmosphere and organisation, soon sorted!

One of the climbs
The initial run was good. I hadn't really thought about the pace and went out quick... 24mins 21secs for the 3 miles which is the quickest run I've done all year!

I paid for this on the start of the bike leg which immediately climbed from the coast into the hills around Betws-y-Coed. For the most part the bike leg was stunning and felt great. Steep ascents and descents, a total of 1,300m climbing.

A very wet return
And then the heavens opened :-(... The last 20 miles on the bike were grim. Heavy rain and slippy roads. There were more than a couple of spills but fortunately I managed to stay tyre side down! 3 hours 46mins for the bike leg

Fortunately the rain blew over and with a complete change of clothes (and socks), the two lap, 13mile run went pretty well!

Crossing the finish line!

I felt pretty strong at the finish, with a run time of 2hours 9mins which I was pleased with to give me an overall time of 6 hours 31mins which bode very well for the Ironman cut of times.

All in all, a really good event and great preparation for Ironman Weymouth! :-)