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Thursday
Jul072016

DAY 11 – the final day tri

My legs were unsurprisingly a little tender today.

To conclude the camp we were doing a mountain triathlon.

  • Swim - ~1.3km
  • Bike 28km with the Col du Joux Vert up to Avoriaz
  • Run – 3 laps of the lake ~9km

It was going to be a bit unknown how my body would react today.  That was the challenge I wanted.

Swim – pretty uneventful and I was grateful for Shannon going better than me so I had some feet to follow.

Bike – it was straight into a 10km climb. Whilst I was not on fire the further we got into the climb I seemed to get better and my power was pretty descent. I got to the top in first with a reasonable gap but could see Adam was closing in. I rate myself as a reasonable descender but not suicidal. Adam must have flown down as he caught me. Today it was good to see those decenders getting rewarded for their skills.

Run – I was about 50m doing going into the run and held that through the first lap then eased off an enjoyed the remaining 6km.

I was totally done at the finish. Now it is time to pack, relax and enjoy my last day in France. The venue for today’s race was awesome with a great climb and beautiful swim/run.

Tri results

  1. Adam – showing that being fast downhill does count.
  2. Me - beaten fair and square today. 
  3. Rob – who looked on fire again during the run
  4. Phil – on the comeback after a day of vomiting & diarrhea. Plus he banged out a sub 40min 10km before the race
  5. Peter – first over 50 year old.
  6. Shannon – 1st female on a course with downhill that does not suit her style
  7. Iain Wood – still battling sickness but coming home strong
  8. John B – hanging tough as he does every day
  9. Ben Moore – has been steady& disciplined  all camp but looked to be opening the legs on the run today
  10. Glenn Olsen – the biggest man on the camp. He is a trooper by getting his big carcass over all the mountains.
  11. Walter – not helped by the downhill today which is not his forte. Walter has battled so well since his fall.
  12. Murray the holy hammer Lapworth – showed out support crew more than they were expecting in transition…. “when in France”
  13. Andrew Charles – the sleeping giant  who has found some fitness late in the camp and was tacking on early this morning.
  14. Julian Stockwell – I think probably wet himself on the descent. He is fanatical about his descending and he is good at it!
  15. Dianne Kaltenegger – what a trooper who has been sick for a few days. She is a star
  16. Lou – the legend has completed another epic camp. He epitomizes what epic camp is all about by banging out the volume every day for camp completion
  17. Chrissie – rounded us out and looked super fast on the run. 
  18. Sadly some sickness & injury took out some. Tich who has battled bravely so couldn't run, Zarnia who can't talk but still ran and will be majorly pissed that sickness has robbed her of camp completion. Finally Stefan (can't swim due to shoulder surgery) & Jen (has been sick as a dog) who both did the bike/run

 

So that is a wrap for the camp.

I’m going to say that this has been the most enjoyable camp in the history of Epic. Stunning scenery, amazing weather, awesome accommodation & food plus a great bunch of athletes. It’s hard to compare the hardness of camps but the opening few days of this camp were easily as hard as any other camp.

It’s a bloody long journey home so I might well write some other thoughts. Right now I’m struggling to keep my eyes open and it’s only 3:30pm.

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