IRONMAN LANZAROTE SPECIAL
Your long-distance CV isn’t complete until you’ve passed the trial that is Lanzarote. Here’s action, Brit tales and pure inspiration from the race… Volcanic climbs, barren landscapes, mouthnumbingly dry and intense heat: welcome to Lanzarote, the toughest Ironman in the world Photo: Stuart Acker Holt/Digitallondon.co.uk
Contents 6 Ironman Lanzarote: full race report .........90 6 Best of the Brits: another year, another GB masterclass..........92 6 Lanzarote Diary: race-day build-up .. 96 6 Lanza post-mortem: how to learn from your race mistakes .101 www.220triathlon.com 89
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Some 1,300 triathletes came from all over the world to take part in this most iconic of European races
Ironman Lanzarote With both the menâ€™s and womenâ€™s defending champions on the start line, IM Lanza 2009 was clearly set to be a race of volcanic proportionsâ€Ś
Lanzarote, Canary Islands 23 May â€™09
Belgiumâ€™s Bert Jammaer and our very own Bella Bayliss both had their sights set on title number two, and both would set about their defence in dramatically different stylesâ€Ś
Constant battle The day started out flat and fast in the two-loop 3.8km swim off the beach of Puerto Del Carmen. British menâ€™s pair Stephen Bayliss and Scott Neyedli led out of the water, but the two were only seconds ahead of Jammaer.
Bayliss did his best to hold off last yearâ€™s winner on the bike, but the Belgian stormed to the front and started to pull away from the early leaders. Jammaer faced another threat, though, in the shape of two-time Lanzarote champ and Kona bike king Ain-Alar Juhanson. As the winds ramped up to their usual Canary Isle intensity, Juhanson took over the controls. Jammaer had managed to hold the Estonian off until the top of the second mountain, but passed the baton on the downhill section of Mirador Del Rio.
However, starting the run within minutes of Juhanson, Jammaer remained in contentionâ€Ś and passed the leader within the first 5km of the four-loop course. Former Tour de France cyclist Kai Hundertmarck rode his way to start the run in third, but struggled through the marathon. That left Olaf Sabatschus and Stephan Vuckovic to keep things interesting â€“ as Juhanson faded, the two Germans quickly gained ground on Jammaer. Vuckovic, who had suffered from back problems during the bike, ran an impressive 2:49hr
marathon to get close to the defending champion, but Jammaer held on for a win of just over three minutes. Sabatschus finished third, local favourite Gregorio Caceres Morales claimed fourth, while Bayliss managed to hang in after â€œpushing too hard early on the bike to stay with Bertâ€? to round out the top five. Fellow Brit Scott Neyedli came in two minutes later for sixth.
In the pink Americaâ€™s Hillary Biscay was first out of the water onto dry land,
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Bella Bayliss showed sheâ€™s back in the saddle after a couple of below-par results earlier this year
The notoriously tough Lanza bike course saw the menâ€™s lead position change several times
â€Śbut the sub-9hr performance took its toll
Results 3.8km swim \ 180km bike \ 42.2km run
Bert Jammaer takes the plaudits of the crowd as he heads in for Lanza title number twoâ€Ś
but it didnâ€™t take long before GBâ€™s Rachel Joyce took the lead on the bike â€“ a lead she didnâ€™t relinquish until just before the end of the first loop of the run. Fifth off the bike, Bella Bayliss took a few minutes to collect herself in T2, before tearing out and tearing up the field. No other woman would run within 16 minutes of Baylissâ€™ marathon split (3:04:05), which left a battle for second between Joyce, Switzerlandâ€™s Michaela Giger and Germanyâ€™s Kathrin Paetzold. The three were within minutes of each other with 10km
of running to go. In the end, though, it was Joyce who got to the line ahead of Giger by just 36 seconds. Paetzold followed in fourth, while swim leader Biscay ran her way to fifth. â€œIâ€™ve struggled to get myself together since the start of the year,â€? said Bayliss. â€œItâ€™s been a trying few months where Iâ€™ve struggled. Iâ€™ve worked really hard over the last six weeks to get my strength back.â€? As if you could have forgotten, Bella had her best race year to date in 2008, clocking wins at four Ironmans (South Africa,
Lanzarote, UK and Florida), Ironman 70.3 UK, an Ironmandistance race in France and posting a 8:51:17 runner-up finish in Austria and a seventh place in Kona, before rounding it off with a wedding to long-term partner Stephen Bayliss in November. The two then took a break from training, which Bayliss thinks might have affected her early season fitness â€“ 2009 started with two disappointing Ironman showings in New Zealand (5th) and South Africa (DNF on the run). Lanza proved sheâ€™s back on track.
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Best of the Brits
Lanzarote has garnered a reputation as the UK long-distance athleteâ€™s spiritual home. This year nearly 300 made the trip. Hereâ€™s four of the bestâ€Ś
Stuart Anderson Age 35 Result 9:53:47: 8th in 35-39 age group, first Brit age-grouper home Swim 1:03:49 Bike 5:33:18 Run 3:08:34 It was a tough day for agegroupers and pros alike, with Bert Jammaer narrowly missing a herd of goats while on the descent to Famara. But I had a great race and everything went more or less to plan. The swim was frantic and the current was pushing us into the buoys. I was using a new Sailfish suit and was pleased with the extra buoyancy. Exiting the water for the second lap was exhausting, but good for the spectators, and I managed a smile before entering the water for another pummelling. We had typical Lanzarote weather, with a headwind from Yaiza all the way to Mirador del Rio. Going up Haria I was
pushing 450 watts, holding just 8kmph. I could have walked quicker! I had a solid bike and managed my Ironman marathon PB, so I was really happy. I took two bottles with six scoops of Infinit in each and consumed a third of a bottle per hour. Iâ€™m sure this contributed to my 3:08hr marathon as I ran pretty consistent splits off the bike. The crowdâ€™s support was awesome and, because itâ€™s a loop marathon where you collect a different-coloured band each lap, itâ€™s easy to focus on attaining the next band to stay motivated. I qualified for Kona, but Iâ€™ve decided to make 2009 a build year for 2010. It was a tough decision, but I want to attain a top 10 in my age there and Iâ€™ll need longer than four months! I have a place at IM Wisconsin, which has slots for 2010, so my aim is to qualify there.
Age 30 Results 9:02:14: 5th male overall, Pro Swim 50:12 Bike 5:11:23 Run 2:54:38
My result was not what I was looking for, especially as I was in the lead for the whole swim and the first 15km of the bike. But then I was caught by eventual winner Bert Jammaer. I rode with him for another 40km but should have stuck to my own pace, as I think it took away from my run speed. On the positive, I was 45mins quicker overall than in 2005! The race has given me a lot of strength for the races coming up later in the year, like IMUK and then, of course, Hawaii, which is my main goal for 2009. This year Iâ€™ll be aiming for a top 10 finish, after last yearâ€™s 18th place.
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Age 30 Result 9:04:28: 6th male overall, Pro Swim 50:14 Bike 5:11:52 Run 2:55:44 My lead-up to the race involved a crash at the Lisboa Half, a stomach bug in my first week in Lanzarote, and then a bad cough and cold that had me bed-bound. It finally cleared on race week, but I didn’t know what to expect. I just had to believe that the good work I’d done up to April would get me through. The swim went well in my new Blueseventy Helix, even though the pace wasn’t that fast. But I managed to get clear at the start of the second lap with Stephen [Bayliss]. I was out in second in the early stages of the bike, before Jammaer passed me. I pedalled on alone in third until I had company at about 45km, coming out of El Golfo. I lost some time to the stronger bikers but felt I had to hold back, unsure of where my fitness was. I waited till the 95km
mark to begin my push, just before the Harrier and Mirrador Del Rio climbs. This, I figured, would break the weaker riders or the guys who’d worked too hard in the early stages. Heading into T2 I was just behind Bayliss, Morales and Stephan Vuckovic, a good place from which to run into a challenging position. I was sure I could run a decent marathon but, as it turned out, so did they. Still, I ran in my Newtons for the first time and recorded a 2:55hr marathon: my second fastest marathon in an Ironman and, more importantly, a sub-threehour time in the heat. I caught Ain-Alar Juhanson in the last 2km, who gave me words of encouragement as I went by, which was a very kind gesture from the great Estonian. I just didn’t have the legs to get into the top five but, given my illness and the calibre of the competition, I’m pleased to have featured in the event.
Age 31 Result 9:54:57: female winner, Pro Swim 55:59 Bike 5:46:36 Run 3:04:05 I was absolutely thrilled to win Ironman Lanzarote for a second year in a row. Ironman Lanzarote is such a challenge, so it’s a very special feeling to come out on top for a second time… especially since last year I went into the race straight from my win at IM South Africa, and this year I went in having a DNF at South Africa! But after my African adventure had highlighted some weak spots, I put my head down and got to work to find my strength again. And I think I found it! I stuck to my game plan throughout the race and felt strong till the end. I ran 3:04hrs, which was a run course record, and equals my best run time so far [Ironman Austria 2008]. Next up are 70.3 UK, Ironman Austria, IMUK, Hawaii, IM Florida and IM Cozumel. For Hawaii I’m aiming for a top 10 placing again – I’d be over the moon with that.
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Age-grouper to pro: 30-year-old Rachel Joyce is following in the footsteps of Chrissie Wellington
Rachel Joyce Result 10:15:05: 2nd female overall, Pro Swim 53:53 Bike 5:43:38 Run 3:29:11 Giving up a lucrative job to turn pro is a life-changing decision for any athlete. More so for one who had been plagued by injury. But, for Rachel Joyce, the gamble is paying off. In just one year she’s been quietly making a name for herself on the long-distance circuit, diligently working her way up the results list. On 23 May she recorded her best performance to date with a second-place finish at Lanza, and in doing so gained a spot at the
2009 Ironman World Champs in Hawaii. We caught up with Joyce to find out more about our rising long-distance star… Talk us through your efforts at Lanzarote. Did it all go to plan? I’d raced in Ironman South Africa seven weeks before so I wasn’t sure how long my recovery would take, but I felt I was in good shape. Going into the race I definitely had one eye on getting a Hawaii spot. On race day I felt like I swam well and was second out of the water. I moved into the lead quite
early on the bike and held that position for the rest of the leg. Although I didn’t feel bad, I definitely didn’t feel my best. But knowing the course really made a difference. Going into the run, I didn’t have a final placing in mind: my aim was to follow my nutrition plan and run an even pace. Bella had a storming run but, after briefly dropping back into third place, I was pleased to run back into second – my second podium this year. What made you go pro? And how did you find the transition? I went professional in 2008, leaving my job as a solicitor at Taylor Wessing. It was a big decision to leave the financial
security of my job, especially after a non-season in 2007 due to a persistent back injury. However, my philosophy is that you don’t know if you don’t try, and the worst thing for me would be to be asking “What if?” in a few years. It was made easier by the support I had from people around me: my boyfriend, family, and financial support from Taylor Wessing and Richard Jones and TheTriLife.com. They may have thought I was mad but they supported me nonetheless! I may have given up a well-paid job but I love training and the lifestyle so I haven’t got any regrets. I’ve also been able to go back to Taylor Wessing during
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Rachel during the 180km bike leg at Lanzarote 2009, which she led from T1 to T2
“Of course I get disappointed when I think I’ve underperformed… but as well as being ambitious, I also just love training and the buzz of race day”
the winter to bolster my bank account so that’s really helped.
just love training and the buzz of race day. In terms of lifestyle, my training has increased but I think it’s the consistency of exercise that has changed the most. But my life is probably more monastic than it was before: early nights, healthy eating and no big benders! I guess my life is much more solitary as I do most of my training on my own.
How has your life changed since turning pro? A lot! Perhaps surprisingly, I find it a lot less stressful, mainly I think because while I was working and training, I didn’t feel like I was doing either properly, which was frustrating, and probably made me more susceptible to injury and illness. As for stress, I do put pressure on myself to perform, but I did that as an age-grouper so I don’t think that has really changed. Of course I get disappointed when I think I’ve underperformed in a race or training session, but as well as being ambitious I also
Despite long-course tri’s growing appeal, there remains only a small pot to support the pros. How have you managed? To a large degree I’m relying on savings, but I’ve been lucky to have support from TheTriLife. com and Taylor Wessing. And now I have a bit of prize money to add to the pot! 2012 is obviously in the forefront of everyone’s mind and Sport England’s money can only go so far, so it’s understandable that it’s focussed on the Olympics sports. However, I think there’s room for developing the long-distance structure,
which doesn’t have to involve money: maybe sharing the knowledge coming out of research for the Olympicdistance guys, for instance. You’ve seen the sport from both sides – age group and pro. Is there anything triathlon could do to promote itself better? The profile of triathlon has really taken off in the last few years. What I would really like to see is the continued growth of events for children so that the UK can continue to nurture talent from a young age. I think Hollie Avil’s success is a great example of how effective this can be. Talk us through your sporting history and route into tri? I swam to a national level until the age of 17 but I also raced in cross country and track to a county level at school. I completed the London Marathon in 2001, where I surprised myself by running three hours. It wasn’t until four years later that I got into tri proper, but I think it was
Age 30 Lives West London Training hrs/week 20-32 Major results 2nd IM Lanzarote 2009 3rd IM South Africa 2009 1st 70.3 World Champs 2008 (25-29)
then I realised I liked the challenge of longer events. How did your sporting life unfold in the world of UK age-group triathlon? I did my first triathlon in 2001, but then started working and went back to swimming, and it wasn’t until 2005 that I got really hooked. I qualified for the 70.3 Worlds in 2006 and decided I really wanted to race well there. It was in the summer of that year that I contacted Richard Jones, who became my coach. I then won quite a few races, and was first age-grouper at Monaco 70.3 and the World 70.3 Champs. I’ve loved every event I’ve raced, although I’d always favour the hillier courses like Lanzarote and Monaco. What are your ambitions for this season… and beyond? Preparing for Kona will be my main focus, although I will be targeting two or three 70.3 races over the summer. Longer term, I’d like to win an Ironman!
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We followed British age-grouper Chris Clarke as he prepared for Ironman Lanzarote. After a tough year filled with setbacks, how would he cope with one of the worldâ€™s most gruelling courses?
hris Clarke is the triathlon â€˜Everymanâ€™. Sure, heâ€™s achieved things many other age-groupers can only dream of, having raced Kona three times and managed top-20 finishes at Ironman UK and Ironman Korea. But an age-grouper is what he is, with training having to fit in around running F2K Health & Fitness in Didsbury, Manchester and the demands of family life â€“ Chris and his wife, Colette, have two daughters, aged 11 and 4. â€œWithout the support of my family, training and racing for Ironman wouldnâ€™t be possible,â€? says Chris. â€œTogether we have seen many different parts of the world and met some interesting and like-minded people along the way. But we opened F2K in 2008 and, last year, training had to take a bit of a back seat to running the business.â€? So how would Chris cope with Ironman Lanzarote? The course â€“ hot, windy, dry and hilly â€“ is known, after all, as one of the worldâ€™s most demanding. We followed him to the Canary Islands to find outâ€Ś
Time for a wetsuit check and Chrisâ€™ first open-water swim of the season! â€œWe just did one lap of the race course, to get familiar with itâ€?
Another open-water swim. Chris again swims one lap of the race course, followed by â€œa relaxed cool down and technique session in the next bay alongâ€?
Age 37 Lives South Manchester Major results 2007 29th overall, Ironman UK 2006 20th overall, Ironman UK 2006 39th overall, Ironman Arizona 2005 18th overall, Ironman Korea
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Chris says he’d like to thank Royles Tri Shop, Wilmslow, for getting his bike race ready and sorting wheels out for him at the last minute!
Chris and training partner, Andy Goddard, during a 60min bike along part of the race course, near Soo, on the north side of the island
Road to Lanzarote “In many ways, the build-up to Lanzarote wasn’t ideal. Work commitments made joining a tri club impractical, so I had to do most of my training alone. Then in February we had a series of family disasters: a major house fire, a burglary and my wife having an operation that didn’t go according to plan. We were left homeless and training was no longer a priority. “However, I was still itching to race and Lanzarote was going to be the start, to see where I was and how much I had lost over the last 18 months. My goal was now just to finish near 10 hours, and try to amend a few problems I’ve had in the past with heat stroke by using different sunscreen and race kit. They may seem simple goals, but I had to be realistic. “The main challenge was how creative I could be with time management, to maintain my 10-hour-a-week training programme. Swimming took the biggest hit as I just couldn’t get to the pool. So my focus turned to the longest and toughest part of the race, the bike! This was mainly incorporated into the spinning classes I take at the gym, and some longer rides at the weekend. Finally, run sessions meant going the long way to work, or using the treadmills in our gym for intervals. “Soon, I had done all I could. Now it was a case of ready or not, Lanzarote here I come…”
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Taper in the sun
“Colette and I arrived in Lanzarote late Saturday evening, one week before the race. Sunday was spent relaxing by the pool and acclimatising. Our accommodation was self-catering: the plan was to prepare similar food to back at home but we soon realised that eating out was cheaper. There was a concern about food poisoning so I was quite selective with my choices but still managed to enjoy some of the local cuisine. “We hired a car and drove the 180km bike course, taking in the scenery along the way. This also enabled me to ride different sections of the course during the week. The car was also handy for the race briefing on Wednesday and the pasta party on Thursday – both held at Club La Santa on the far side on the Island. “Obviously it was time to taper, so my training week went like this… MONDAY Bike part of course (2hrs) with easy 30min run. Swim one lap of course. TUESDAY Bike part of course (90mins) with easy 20min run. WEDNESDAY Bike part of course (60mins) with easy 10min run. Swim one lap of course. THURSDAY Swim 400-1,000m various speeds.
“Andy uses an aero bottle but I can’t get on with them,” says Chris. “They weigh more and, as soon as you get out of seat to climb, they spill!”
Chris and Andy do a 10min run straight off the bike over sand dunes near Soo. “We’re barefoot so as not to get sand in our race trainers!”
“Getting to the end of the taper after everything that’s happened back in the UK was a great feeling. The week had gone to plan, and I felt great and really excited about racing. “Friday morning was spent going over my bike and getting the race bags sorted for check-in later that day. Once everything was in transition, it was time for a siesta as I always struggle to sleep the night before a race.”
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Chris during the race itself. “The sun, wind and hills were a pleasant challenge from the turbo sessions back in Manchester… I loved every minute of it!”
Chris was happy to finish in 10:12hrs after “a hard day’s work at the office”. He hopes to return next year and improve on his time
aturday, the big day, started with the alarm going off at 4.30am. Colette applied two different suncreams 15mins apart to prevent my usual problem of sunburn from the bike ruining my marathon. Meanwhile, I got on with eating bagels with peanut butter (washed down with 500ml of Nuun) and filling my bike bottles with a mix of Coke and water. “Outside there was a morning chill in the air but it didn’t bother me as we walked down to transition. As you can imagine, T1 was a sea of pure tri bling. After bike checks it was a patrol down the racks to see what everybody was riding, and judging by the bikes alone, it was going to be a tough day! “Once the race got underway, the swim went better than I
could have hoped. At 1:03hrs I was happy. I managed to stay out of trouble and keep moving in the right direction... result! “The bike had been the only discipline I’ve been able to do with any frequency lately, so I was more confident. I loved it – what a great course! – and put in a solid 5:30hr performance “The run is usually where things go wrong in the heat of the day for me. Sure enough, after a strong first lap my stomach refused the gel I’d just downed and power just drained out from beneath me. Laps two and three were a struggle, as I wasn’t able to keep anything down. But I managed to get it together on the final lap and despite everything my race goal was achieved – 10hrs 12mins. After the year we’ve had, I couldn’t be happier.”
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With four Ironmans under his belt, Gordon was looking at a sub 13-hour race in Lanzarote
Cause and Reflect
Ironman is never a done deal. So when it goes wrong, how do you hold it together? Coach Joe Beer looks at one athleteâ€™s Ironman Lanzarote story
any of the greats of Ironman racing have had to do their apprenticeship, turn around bad luck or try to find the positives in a failed race. Mark Allen took multiple attempts at Hawaii before he won, Chrissie Wellington turned a puncture into a win in 2008 and Chris McCormack will have to turn the mechanical failure of his bike during the same race (that resulted in a DNF) into motivation for the 2009 showdown in October. Our self-trained guinea pig, Gordon Hutton, had four Ironman races under his belt. In his pre-race email he was â€œhoping to complete Ironman Lanzarote in under 13hrsâ€?. It didnâ€™t turn out that way: with splits of 1:22hrs for the swim, a run of 7:47hrs and 6:23hrs for the bike â€“ plus two 11min transitions â€“ he was looking at a 15:56hrs struggle to the line, loaded with various challenges. â€œI never managed to achieve the time I was looking for, or even close to it,â€? he says. â€œPersonally I was lost as to what to do to
regain something from the race, as thing upon little thing built into one big problem.â€? So, with the beauty of hindsight and a coachâ€™s perspective, letâ€™s see what he could have doneâ€Ś
| No swim recce PROBLEM ONE
After a tiring journey, Gordon didnâ€™t train the day before the race, missing the chance of a swim course recce in the ocean. Knowing the currents, course and saltwater taste would have to wait until race day. This cost him, he now realises, â€œa good five or six minutes, through not being more focussed on swimming and surviving the froth insteadâ€?. Still, we should be thankful he didnâ€™t do his (illogical) last-minute solution of â€œdoing a dry run on the race morning, just an out-and-backâ€?. Not safe, not clever. PREVENTION If allowed to do so, get on the course and swim part or all of it, taking into
Age 32 Lives London Top triathlon times Blenheim Triathlon sprint-distance, 1:27hrs Milton Keynes Olympic-distance, 2:26hrs Ironman Frankfurt, 14:08hrs
account youâ€™re tapering. Talking to locals (and those swimming it before/after you recce it) about currents can add extra detailed knowledge. IN-RACE CURE Keep smooth and relaxed. Even if you do miss out on the bikers you should be leaving T1 with, the time lost is so small and less than 1% effect on overall race time in Gordonâ€™s case.
| Hectic T1
Gordon found that while heâ€™d planned to run through transition, it was more of a
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meander. He didn’t appreciate how long transition actually was, nor how many people would be around him. There were 119 people out of the swim in the fourminute window around his swim time! Gordon feels it cost him two minutes. He adds, “Transition was another area I didn’t pay any attention to for the race. Keeping down my porridge was priority number one at that point.”
After forgetting his bike socks, Gordon suffered immense pain under the cleat area
PREVENTION Viewing the race area packed with bikes the day before, you have to imagine hundreds or people running around in it, too. On race morning, make a mental note of where your bike is. IN-RACE CURE Again, relax; it’s a small percentage of time and wasted energy won’t help. As the swim finish approaches, start to visualise your bike location.
| No socks
Gordon forgot to pack any socks for the bike. In training he’d ridden with no socks without a problem, but in the race “it gave me blisters under the cleat area. When I took my shoes off, I was completely unprepared for the pain”. PREVENTION Lay out what goes into your bags, put it all on as if in the race, check it’s all correct, and then pack your bag. A large blob of Vaseline in the toebox of run shoes also works wonders. IN-RACE CURE A small pot of Vaseline in T1 and T2 bags can come in handy when blisters or rubbing occur.
| Ergomo dies PROBLEM FOUR
Gordon’s Ergomo power and heart rate monitoring system decided to have a rest day on race morning. “It crashed after only 11 seconds of data collection, turning it into a comfortable platform for the monkey to sit who would later jump onto my back,” he quips. He’d trained on power, but with no secondary timing device his eating strategy was compromised. He reckons it cost him “a good 40 minutes”. With no power he didn’t know how hard he was riding into the wind, especially early on when he admits he should have been backing off. Gordon adds: “Nutrition must have been a factor as my timing was off for sure, though I did actually eat quite a lot.” PREVENTION Use a reliable system (Ergomo is now a defunct company) with new batteries. Have a second simple watch
on the bike in case your hi-tech system dies on you. IN-RACE CURE Knowing approximate aid station distances can give you a sense of distance and, therefore, a rough time progression. Write aid station or key location distances on a piece of tape on your stem or top tube. You could also ask fellow competitors or volunteers the time.
| Run becomes survival PROBLEM FIVE
Any would-be Ironman should remember that even the greatest have spent some time in the dark place. Gordon sums it up: “My run was way off-plan. I expected 4:30hrs… instead I just survived my way through the 26 miles, talking to anyone that would listen. On the run I lost two hours from what was planned, and mentally this just destroyed me. This is where I think I was just not tough enough. Digging in and living with the pain of Ironman is a big part of it.” I say to athletes I coach that the marathon still comes down to a foot race, and you have to be prepared to dig deep. Aero bikes and miracle wetsuit technology can’t help you here. PREVENTION Do visualisation in training – and especially in race week – that focuses on the run, as well as the pain you can deal with. A well-paced, ‘patient’ bike split and a great feeding plan can help, but you have to soak up the pain. That’s what the professionals do so well.
A “mentally destroyed” Hutton on the run, digging in and living with the pain nonetheless
IN-RACE CURE Don’t think about the pain lasting another four hours. Be in the here and now, knowing this is what it takes to earn an Ironman medal. There are no easy days, just faster or slower ones. But all races help us learn about the Ironman challenge – and ourselves.