07/12/2005: "Peterborough 1/2 Ironman"
2km swim, 90km bike, 21.1km run. Crazy? Perhaps if you did them one after another without any sort of break. Oh, and people pay good money to do this. Well, Sunday July 10th 2005 I joined the ranks of 1/2 Ironman finishers on a sweltering hot day in Peterborough. At 8:00 in the morning myself and 545 perfect strangers went for a 2km swim, followed by a 90km bike, and wrapped up the day with a 1/2 marathon run. 5 hours, 19 minutes and 54 seconds was the time it took me to finish, placing me 7th out of 24 in my age group, 104th out of the 496 people who finished the race. This was the race I was working towards all year, and it went really well. My training paid off, and the distance wasn't as hard as I would have thought going into it. The biggest challenge of the day was the heat, with temperatures around 31 degrees with no shade during the run.
My splits were:
33:29 (2000m swim, 1:41/100m)
2:46:59 (90km bike, 32.3 km/h)
1:56:20 (21.1 km run, 5:31/km)
5:19:54, 7/24 men 25-29, 104/496 overall
Full results can be found here.