We did it!

28 Oct

After a very restless night with not a lot of sleep, I was up at 4.20am to get ready for the half ironman triathlon. Brekkie, last minute packing and checking lists, into the trisuit and then we were off to transition.

Managed to catch up with tri buddy Keren in transition. After setting out the things that would be needed for the cycle & run legs, I grabbed my wetsuit, cap & goggles and we left transition. The waiting before the event is the worst part of triathlon & there was some of that this morning. We got into our wetsuits and then headed over to the swim start. Nerves were starting to go into hyperdrive at this point.

The swim was ok. I got off to a bad start, getting caught in the middle of a group creating lots of turbulence and arms and legs going everywhere. It did settle down and I found my own space….until the men came through. Well, I got swim over, swum into, narrowly missed getting kicked in the head. It was a little scary there for a while. And the finish didn’t seem to be getting any closer. But finish I did in 43.41min.

The bike course had almost psyched me out before we even started. It’s hilly, very hilly and on the flat part we had a headwind one way. I decided to take it easy on the course as my goal was to finish within the cut offs – 4:45hr from start of event. There is one really hard hill on Matthew Flinders Drive which was really doing my head in. There is carpet laid down the side of this road for those who don’t feel they can cycle up the hill. I decided to walk it because I didn’t want to embarrass myself in front of crowds of people watching in case I toppled over part way up! I need to retain some shred of dignity! At the top I turned to see Keren behind me, doing the same thing! It was so good to see her at this point. We had a little chat and then set off again.

Two laps later and I was heading into transition again. The bike leg took me 3:42:18hr. So relieved to get off!

Finally the run leg. It wasn’t a fast 21km by any stretch of the imagination. I think the hills on the bike killed my legs. It took me a few kms to get into any semblance of rhythm. I ended up doing a mix of running and walking. Running when I felt ok, walking when I felt like crap. My goal was to make it to each aid station which were 2km apart. Saw Keren several times on the run as it was a 2 lap course. She was looking good and wasn’t too far behind me.

Finally the finish shute came into sight. I would be able to stop very soon! And then I was running across the finishers mat and was given a medal. And one of the volunteers was an ex-Canberra girl who I used to do triathlons with! Mind you she has gone on to bigger and better things like Hawaii ironman and winning her age group in Auckland recently.

The run time was 2:09:28hr and my total time was 6:41:42hr! Keren finished not long after. It was awesome! We had accomplished what we set out to do. We had both been worried about making the cut offs because of the hilly course (Keren tells me there were over 70 of them) but we did it! And the photo tells the story!!



12 Responses to “We did it!”

  1. Janene 28/10/2012 at 5:45 pm #

    Fantastic, awesome, inspirational, you rock!

    • cathyn61 28/10/2012 at 9:12 pm #

      Thanks Janene! I still can’t really believe I did it today! However the sunburn, chafing, sore feet and tight muscles tell me otherwise!! It’s been 8 years since my last tri.

      • Janene 29/10/2012 at 12:25 pm #

        I hope you are able to get a good recovery massage, you have earned one!

      • cathyn61 29/10/2012 at 1:21 pm #

        I will wait a few days. Sunburn & chafing – a bit sore with tender spots!

  2. Steve 28/10/2012 at 7:01 pm #

    Well done, time to rest & reflect.

    • cathyn61 28/10/2012 at 9:10 pm #

      No reflecting. Wouldn’t do anything differently & don’t plan on doing another one for a while. Just relaxing! Very happy with my effort today.

  3. Jen BrownMangulabnan (@SpartaJen) 28/10/2012 at 7:27 pm #


    I’m so happy for you and proud of you. Your dedication, commitment and consistency to your training through the cold winter months inspires me.

    Enjoy your recovery and your holiday! xx

    • cathyn61 28/10/2012 at 9:08 pm #

      Thanks Jen! I’m looking forward to a good nights sleep, then checking out more of Port’s cafes & generally just relaxing.

    • cathyn61 30/10/2012 at 8:32 am #

      Thanks Jen! Feeling much better today. Might even go for a walk 🙂

  4. The Landy 28/10/2012 at 10:08 pm #


  5. Jeff Wade 28/10/2012 at 11:11 pm #

    Way to go girl … excellent time, especially with hills on the ride … very impressed!

    • cathyn61 30/10/2012 at 8:31 am #

      Thanks Jeff. I’m really happy with how I went. At the time I thought “never again” but…well, you never know!

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