We are in the middle of packing to move house so there’s not too much training going on this week. The highlight of the week was running the Clontarf half marathon with Ais, John and Bren on Saturday.
I was under instructions to run hard. The thinking being there would be plenty of time for the legs and body to recover as I’m not going to be training to much.
I figured that I was in sub 1hr30 shape. I wasn’t quite sure just how “sub” that would be though. Clontarf is just about the flattest course I’ve ever run but over six kilometres of it is run across the beach on sand which slows you a bit. It probably balances out if I’m honest. A course with some hills would possibly have a similar effect on the overall speed and result.
Anyway that’s the excuses out of the way.
If it all goes to shit it’s because of the sand, ok? Good, let’s get on with it so.
If you’re not into the whole race report thing ad just want the numbers and Strava file click on through and scroll to the bottom of the post.
For those who don’t want a lot of reading you can skip to the end for the result and the Strava file with splits and times.
“What way are you going to run today, are you going to race hard?” Ais asked in the car on the drive down.
“I’m not fit enough to race for 32k. So I was thinking I’d go easy for 10k then pick it up a bit for the next 22k if the legs cooperate. What do you think?” I asked.
What I was really thinking was that I was very nervous at the prospect of a 32k run and was more concerned with survival than pace. I’ve probably run 20k once in the last six months and could count the number of actual training runs in the same period on the fingers of one hand. Read More
“If at any point you’re running along and decide to try to avoid the puddles then let me tell you right now. You will not get around this course with dry feet. There are two stretches of about 100 yards where the trail is under water. It will come up to, like, maybe mid calf or maybe even your knees” Then he looks at all 5’2 of Ais and adds “It might actually get above some of your knees”
This report got mostly written last year and then forgotten about. I recently found it and thought I’d finish and post it. I hope you enjoy it.
Because it’s written a year after the fact it may be slightly factually imperfect (exaggerated) as my memory makes me into a bigger hero than I actually was on the day.
But we never let the facts get in the way of a good story.
Irish pro athlete Robbie Wade raced at Ironman 70.3 at the weekend alongside some of the sports biggest superstars including Jan Frodeno, Lionel Sanders and Tim Reed and acquitted himself very well.
Click on through for details.
Singapore based Irish athlete and coach Colin O’Shea took out the win in his age group at the weekend. He also placed a very impressive fifth overall in the hard Powerman Malaysia middle distance duathlon. Read More
This race was the culmination of almost two years of work. My aim was to qualify for the Ironman world championship in Kona. I’ve qualified and raced there twice before, in 2012 and ‘13 but then I had back surgery in 2014 which took me out of the sport for over a year. I raced a couple of Ironman races in 2015 but wasn’t really fit enough to enjoy them and promised myself that if I did another I would be fit enough to race it. Read More
There were no sharks, I didn’t drown and I was more or less on time getting out of the water. So in all of those regards the swim was uneventful, thankfully nothing really went wrong. Oh, except that I’m still slow. I exited the water not knowing that I was in 275th overall and in 45th place in the age group. This did not bode well considering I needed to be top four in my AG and probably top forty overall for the Kona slot I was chasing. Read More
I’ve been asked to post any old race reports I have and I’ve put a couple of them up over the last few months. Here’s my first Kona experience in 2012.
It’s hard to know where to start with this one. I’ve been waiting to get to this start line for 15 years or more and its all exceeded any expectations I’ve ever had.
Lionel Sanders is a force of nature. He’s changing himself and along with it our sport.
Every so often someone comes along who changes the rules. Someone who redefines what is normal, or reasonable or even what’s possible. Lionel has been challenging our perception of what’s normal or reasonable with his unorthodox training methods. Training almost exclusively indoors all year round was unheard of before Lionel.
Now he has shown that he has what it takes to change how races at run and he is determined to etch his name on the monument of our sport, Ironman Hawaii. Read More
This is a half marathon that I’ve done before and despite the fact that it’s advertised as the flattest half marathon in Ireland there is about 6km of it that is run on sand and exactly half of it is always into a headwind so it’s far from the fastest half marathon course.
I was hoping to break 1:30 today. I figured a 1:29 would be a good day, anything faster would be brilliant and slower would be a bit disappointing. Ais had given me instructions to run the first 3k easy and then I could race however I felt. I made the mistake of not getting myself onto the start line and instead jumped in with the 1 hour 30 group. This had the desired effect of controlling my speed at the start as I worked my way through the crowds but it also had a down side… Read More