Ryan Sargent from Bathurst reviews the Ironman Australia course at Port Macquarie with great tips on the swim, bike and run
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Who Are you?
Age group athlete aspiring to be an elite in the future. Competing for 3 seasons now, love to race, love the Triathlon family.
Port Macquarie, Australia
Why did I do this race?
I’ve done it twice before and it broke me, i wanted to come back and break it ! However Ironman is still 3 zip i did get a couple of punches in this time though.
2 loop swim, perfect conditions on race morning, tide was with us one way. It was a fairly hectic swim particularly when it narrowed to go between lines of boats. Very easy swim to navigate clear and easy sighting, big bright turn buoys.
Flat, undulating, hills, all of the above its a great course keeps athletes honest I think ! Parts of it was pretty rough however looks like they are doing some road to fix it up, bumpy in parts however with all the rain they’ve had its no wonder the roads are shot to pieces.
I think it was the most honest bike I’ve raced in from what I saw there was no down right draft cheats. 2 loops really helps split it up, I really like this course; coming from a hilly town it suits me. Fully stocked aid stations volunteers were “AWESOME” to say the least.
4 loop run course, people cheering you on basically all the way, aid stations you couldn’t of wanted any more except for maybe a second pair of legs at the mark !! Once again volunteers were amazing. Love to see the young ones helping, would be great to see them get inspired by the athletes !
I’ll repeat it “awesome and amazing” didn’t have to worry about a thing. All I did was strip down, they put it out and I put it on. What more could you ask for? Then at the end of the day it’s all back in the bag, all I have to do is take it home and wash it. Hhhmm maybe a laundry service afterwards would be cool, nah I guess we have to do something ourselves.
Its WTC there the best at it !!!! That is all…
Do it because you want to do it.. At the end of the day you wanted to be there. Enjoy the whole lead up race day goes so fast !!
How did you do?
Not the result I went into the race wanting for, however il take the positives out of it. It was a course and distance PB both by over half an hour, top 10 in age. So I achieved a couple of little goals within a hard day so I gotta be happy with that.
Love Ironman Oz there is something about it that I love.
I’ll be back there in the future but for now its back to basics time to get the skills and speed I skipped when I jumped into this amazing sport. Need to learn how to swim a little bit better too.
You can follow Ryan on twitter as @sargyy
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