Once onto the run the rain and wind continued to batter on the Salthill promenade. Whenever I felt like s**t I thought about the brave souls out there doing the full. Hats off to that lot. Now, if ever there was a fine example of school boy error carry on, I was that example. I've raced enough times now to know the reals about treating your gut right. The facts are, I didn't show this event enough respect. The night before the race I went out with the OH and treated myself to a Rogan Josh at a local Indian. Are we all familiar with how hot a Rogan Josh is? On the morning I necked a bottle of beetroot and on the course I tucked into the course nutrition, 32GI. The #1 rule of long distance racing is, NEVER MESS WITH YOUR NUTRITION. In 24hrs, I managed to break this rule gloriously on 3 occasions. So lets cut to the chase. Felt like muck... Weather was the pits.... Stomach heaved and ached and I ran a 1:43 half marathon. Faster than my Dublin 70.3 time in August. Explanations on a postcard. All in all, a really tough day at the office that left me with 18th in my AG and a 5:13:05 finish time. I'd have to take it and my plan to go sub 5hrs will have to wait for a tamer course.
Last weekend I went for a 70km spin over the Sally Gap, again in awful headwinds. Why does this keep happening to me? I got back home and went straight out for a 10km run in the midday heat. It hurt like hell but I managed a steady 4:45 km/h pace. I need to be doing this and more every weekend from now till we depart. This morning I got myself over to the NAC for a 3000m swim and cruised through that in a 1:35 pace per 100m. Overall I am at satisfaction rate of about 60% which isn't great in my opinion but I do have 6 weeks. If you believe those adverts for getting a certain body in 6 weeks, then from where I am, I can easily be ready to smash Vichy in 6 weeks, but there will need to be a lot more head down between now and then. Big thanks to Westpark Fitness for their continued support. Great to see the main man Kevin completing his first Ironman in a solid 12 hours over in Frankfurt.