Ironman 70.3 Galway
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Who Are you?
Dan Speed - Triathlete who has just finished his 3rd season. favours the bike who struggles on the swim and survives the run!
Why did I do this race?
I did this race as I wanted to do an official 70.3 and this was 2 weeks before my wedding so I treated it as a 2nd stag do with my tri mates.
The swim was a sea swim, and it was very calm of the day of the race unlike the saturday where the wind was up and the sea was very rough.
The start it deep water and you head out in the sea (approx 150-200m) and then a left turn and a straight of around 1200m. You then do a 180 degree turn and head “back on youself” for around 500m and then hang a 90degree right back into the shore.
Not much seaweed around but I got stuck in a clump.
The bike leg was a lovely out and bike course on closed roads (non drafting) and the road surface was great for 90%+ of the time, Once out of the city, the villages you pass through had amazing support. they are a few little rises but nothing to worry about. It is very fast course with a feed station at around and .
The initial was getting out of the city and through the grounds of the uni – it was stated that this was a no overtake zone but it was not marshalled.
The run was a 3 lap race on flat roads, my GPS picked up an elevation change of 12m. There are two feed stations at either end of the course ( and ) with plenty of supplies and support. By the time i got onto the run there was a bit of wind behind you to the first turn around and then head wind to the other.
Bands were picked up at each lap at the mark, 12 and . the final straight () seemed to go on for ever. The run course was not over crowed.
Transition was well organised but the run to transition from the swim was around 500m. Plenty of time to pull wetsuit down to the waist. Not many people were helping out, around 5 or 6 people in there. From the bike rack to the road was another 100m and the same for the return leg and to the run.
The organisation of the event was not great, the race briefing was a video on constant loop that played over. It went to fast to get the info. But the people and marshalls were very handy in helping with any confusion that people had.
We stayed away from the expo and surrounding area not to get pulled in by the hype but on race day the place was electric! supporters cheering etc.
Top Galway 70.3 Triathlon Tips
- Try not to get carried away with the smooth fast roads and hitting the bike too hard can come back and hit you hard later on
How did you do?
I managed to come 4th in my AG and come 37th overall. extremely happy!
would do this event, great support and a great course, If there was a little bit more info and organisation this would be an amazing race to do.
Great night out afterwards too!
You can follow Dan on twitter as @1xdanspeed
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