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Mini Race Report

Challenge Roth is done and dusted with a really strong day. Probably the best iron distance performance I’ve ever had on a tough day and a challenging course. The new run course was bloody hard and to ride well here you have to be on your game pretty much for the full 180km. 

Here is a quick summary of the day. 

SWIM 52:58
Good and bad
Starting with the pro’s I thought I was going to take a beating as the start line was really cramped. However I got off to a clean start then settled into a group. The bad – my group slowed down significantly after about 500m but the next group was too far ahead to bridge across. The good – for the rest of the swim I was very very comfortable knowing I was hemorrhaging some time but saving energy for later in the day. 

Thanks to blueseventy for helping me through the swim. 

BIKE 4:53
Bike file: 
I was more or less solo all day sticking to my power. This was partly as I was paranoid about a drafting penalty (5min stand down plus 1km extra running on the run leg!) but more importantly I didn’t have anyone to ride with as I was getting smashed by powerful euro athletes. I only had the 140th fastest ride while my overall finish was 34th male – these Euro athletes are animals on the bike. 
Despite people thinking this Roth course is easy/fast it’s not. You must  keep the foot on the accelerator all day long. You are constantly going up, down, cornering, riding through villages and passing athletes (on lap 2). 
All said and done I was happy enough with my ride but I was a little concerned I had riding a touch too hard as well as not taking on enough nutrition. 

Thanks to Profile Design for making me fast out there. 

RUN 3:04:54
Run file: 
Much like the bike there was not a great deal of purely flat, straight km’s where you could really settle into your stride. The new section of the run course has some climbs that were simply brutal on the 2nd lap. 
My run was a classic ironman tale. 
0-2km – finding my legs and worrying that I was not going to have it today.
2-12km – feeling great thinking I’m invisible and the rest of the day will be a breeze. 
12-22km – effort noticeably increasing and starting to fall slightly off pace.
22-32km – fighting to hold it together and beginning to massively overheat. 
32-42km – complete and utter torture. Not fun at all. Fighting every step of the way. 

I’m stoked with how I hung tough in the final 10km. I gave up so many times in the final 10km but pulled myself together time and time again to minimize my losses. I even managed to gain a place in the final 500m. In my mind I settled for cruising in then gave myself a slap and put in a surge to the line. 
Thanks to everyone that sent me messages of support and apologies to anyone I ignored out there on the race course.

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