- Dublin Half Marathon
- Killary Fjord Swim
- Pulse Port Triathlon
- Dublin Marathon
Isn't that the beginning of many would be blogger posts? We write and record when the going is good and then when things take a dive the motivation does too. The funny thing is that since my last post, 'Ironman Vichy', things have actually gone really well. I had no reason not to write and that last line, "2017 will be even better" was a little bit hasty, I had plenty to get done before the sun set on 2016. So lets summarize what remained in 2016 after the year fell apart on me in Vichy, I was still competing in:
Dublin Half Marathon
Right so its a shocking statement to make for a would be athlete but, I ran the Dublin half marathon in fairly poor condition due to the fact I was in a pub the night before. I had no place in the race and right up until 11pm that would be the case, until the phone rang. A club member, down with the flu, offered up her spot at the last minute and I accepted. I dropped over to her place after my 6th pint to get the number and was home in bed by midnight for a 6am start, not ideal to say the least, hey I hadn't had a beer all year on account of Vichy so fek it. Added to all this fun, one of my best mates was being married at 2pm in Meath. I ran the race in a blurred state on my tod and had the most fun ever. I crossed the line in 1:37:56, grabbed my medal and darted home to suit up for the wedding, PB in the bag, maybe this year wasn't going to be so bad after all.
Pulse Port & Killary
Right so I did have a score to settle with Pulse Port after DNF-ing with a flat in 2015 but I by no means expected much of a result. I'd be training and racing long all year, what business did I have racing short course and resulting. Well it just so happens it was a decent day. The swim was somewhat of a disaster when my goggles leaked the minute I took my first swan dive. For a 750m race there was no way I was stopping to I pushed on and had a decent exit coming out 3rd in my AG with a time of 11:58. The bike was an eye opener as I raced it on my road bike and I really saw the difference a TT bike makes here. From there on to the run I ran (the short 5km Pulse course) in 18:09 leaving me in 8th place overall for my AG. Like I said, not expected on the back of my season but I was delighted. Overall time 1:05:59. Sadly this year there was to be no Great Fjord outing for me. The half marathon did a number on me and I picked up a cold that I really wanted to shift before the marathon at the end of October. See you in 2017 Killary for episode 5.
Dublin Marathon 2016
So here was the icing on the cake. An event I hadn't entered as I'd expected to sign off the year with Vichy. We all know where that ended. Thanks to a good friend in work, I ran the Dublin marathon in 2016 as Mark Fagan but that time is mine buddy. I crossed the finish line in 3:29:56 in a shiny new PB and all that was wrong in 2016 was now ok. The course was amazing as ever with crowds of people out, more than I'd ever seen before. In true fashion my training miles in the run up were a disgrace running no further than 23km. So I'd no right to take that PB but hump it, its mine. I'll be adding Dublin to the list once more in 2017 and there are also plans for a Cycle SuperStore relay in Ironman Dublin 70.3.
2017 is shaping up well. My mileage is well up in every discipline compared to January 2015 and 2016. I am more confident I can sustain this also and the body feels great. I never let up on training over the winter and this is something I cannot recommend enough. Taking time off is an excuse and only hurt me in the long run in 2015, each to their own but this was a strong winter compared to where I was this time last year. As for the year ahead, I have entered into Ironman Bolton in July and I am relishing the notoriously difficult course. Before that I am once again running the London marathon with my uncle and already my mileage for that, now in January is strong. Very unlike me. I hope to keep the reports coming more steadily now that the new year is underway and with that, new goals. Peace.
From rugby player to Ironman.