I ended up finishing in 6th place in a time of 8hrs 5mins and 58secs in what we think is one of the fastest Ironman debuts ever in the sport. The race went to plan. Being my first one I wasn’t 100% sure how hard to push and i had my nutrition plan mapped out but when you start racing you just never know but everything went well.
I’d put together a good 10 weeks of training and knew if I was smart I could go well.
The swim was good I felt good sitting in the lead group and I was first of the group onto the bike with Clayton Fettell
a couple minutes up the road. The plan was to sit in the front pack, keep eating and to check out what it was all about. It was actually a lot different to what I thought it was going to be with a lot of surges and the last 40km being the key with lots of people struggling in the last bit.
I started out second onto the run but was quickly passed by 4 guys who were flying. I didn’t want to go out too fast so I didn’t blow up so I tried to hold back as much as I could. I ended up getting away from Luke Bell and Joe Gambles about 15km then ran by myself the rest of the way with David Dellow passing me just before 30km. The last 10km was hard but managed to get through it and move up to 9th in the Ironman rankings, fingers crossed qualifying for Kona.
A Huge thank you to all my friends and family for supporting me especially the ones that were in Melbourne.
Also thank you to the guys at Oakley for lunch and the sunnies and Greg Cox for the nutrition plan.
My great sponsors Trek, K-Swiss, Blueseventy, Cyclops, Fuel Belt, Jack and Adams, Base Performance, Bontrager, Campagnolo, & Nuun.