On Saturday morning it was the Corporate Challenge or locally known as the “Corporate Ironman”. It is 10% of the full Ironman distance, so a 380m swim, 18km bike ride and a 4.2km run and can be done individually or as a team. I chose to do it as an individual however, if truth be told when race day rolled around, I was not that keen. I am not sure why? It was not because I had not trained properly (I hardly ever do), I just was not in the mood.
Until I got down there!
I always forget how much I enjoying being part of an event of this magnitude. I LOVE the vibe, the atmosphere, the people, the excitement and most importantly I love taking part and doing something physical. I have not ridden my bicycle or swum since January so I was a little nervous about those, but not enough to let it worry me. It is a short race so I could just push the bike. I swim at the same speed not matter what.
Our company entered 3 teams and 2 individuals, me being one of the individuals. I got down there before sunrise and racked my bike. It was awesome watching the sun come up over the sea and was a beautiful morning. The race starts in waves with the individual girls starting last. It was quite nice to get to watch all the others go off first. Boy, some of those people can swim. Then it was us. The sea was gorgeous although I did swallow a huge mouthful of water when the wake of a jetski hit me. My swim was ok, not bad, not good, just ok. When I first started swimming I had as serious pain in my arm, but it is one I have had before I know that after about 50 meters or so it goes away. I just need to play with my stroke a bit. After the swim was the bike. I had a good ride condidering I have not been on my bike since the 70.3 in January. My average speed was 28 / hr and I really pushed it. I figured the race was short enough that I would not die. Luckily I felt good. Even going into the run I felt good. In fact I feel good pretty much the whole way. Right up till about 60m from the end……. I know I am a little bit competitive. I have mentioned this before. I know it does not appear that I am, based on my times etc, but I can be. About 600m from the end a girl passed me – I did not realise that I actually knew her, but nobody had passed me on the run and I was not going to let somebody catch me right there so I tried to keep up. Bad idea! I have never ever before felt that I was not going to make the finish line. I kept up for about 550m and then it went a bit pear shaped. I started seeing black marks and my legs turned to jelly. My thoughts where “uh, so this is what hitting the wall really feels like” I thought I was going to hit the floor in front of all those hundred spectators and it was not going to be pretty. I had a decision, either slow down and hope the feeling passed or try to keep up and know that I was going to fall flat on my face. I slowed down and let her go. Thankfully the feeling did pass and I did make it down the red carpet…. As soon as I stopped running I felt perfectly fine again.
Well, what can I say? I finished 27th girl overall and in a time of 1H17. I am totally over the moon with that result and I bettered my time from last year (I had not trained for that one either). I loved this race, every single moment of it (except when I thought I was going to land on my face). I am so glad that I did it. The weather was perfect once again and the support was awesome. Can’t wait for next year…….
Swim: 11:06, Bike 44:05, Run 22.28 –Over all time 01:17:48
I seriously need to think about training for next years one……