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Port Macquarie 2017 – mateship and PB’s

11 May 2017 No Comment

Coffee time in Port Macquarie. This year we enjoyed the best conditions Port Macquarie has ever offered. When the weather is nice, people are nicer. Our whole squad was healthy and happy to finally be there.

Sometimes the weeks seem to drag on, and we can get a little sick of the early mornings and long workouts. When race week comes around it’s almost a relief.

It was my own 44th Ironman race and too be honest in recent years I have maybe not trained as solidly as I should have. This year was different as I trained the bike and run a little more seriously helping a couple of the girls get their bike strength up. It meant I was a little more consistent.

I was about 8min faster than last year and that included a wheel change as a result of a blown tyre. This is where the hand of fate intervened, another competitor had a gear failure on his bike about 100m from where I was stuck. He offered his front wheel, I gratefully accepted and continued. Mateship is not dead in Australia. Thank you Tim Saunig.

I was “chicked” by my daughter Maria, I’m happy for her, she improved her overall time from last year by 20min. Maria has three young children at home and manages to fit her training in around her home duties and work.

The toughness award has to go to Janet for her 2nd place in her 25th Ironman. Janet sets an example for others with her pain tolerance and sheer persistence.

Another athlete delivered an outstanding achievement, improving her time by 70min. Four years ago I taught her how to ride a bike, how to clip her pedals in and out, how to change gears. This year in her second Ironman Judy placed 7th in her category out of 22 competitors.

Another athlete has moved into the top ten in his category, Foz put down a strong performance to break into the top ten in a competitive category. He then backed it up with a strong performance in the beer mile the day after.

Our club president Greg put in an impressive performance for a well deserved beer after several months of abstinence, he’s lost a lot of weight as a result revealing the athlete he’s been hiding.

Our newest club member and first time Ironman, Luke has nailed his first attempt with a 10.19 and 4th place in his category. I’m sure he has more to give in the future, it was the first marathon he has ever run.

Overall the squad performed very well improving their physical and mental performances. Ironman is a long apprenticeship, we have to be prepared to put the pieces of the puzzle together, bit by bit. It often takes several attempts to finally get the performance we’re capable of out of our body. If it was easy, everybody would be doing it, and they would not call it Ironman.

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