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Ironman Cork 2019: The “I Wasn’t Racing Report”

Ironman Cork. From the outside it should have been the years biggest disaster, a cancelled swim, dumping rain for twenty hours, cold, wind, some of the hardest roads in the country.

On the morning all the talk was of the swim cancellation and the cold, relentless rain from both the pros and age groupers. I felt sorry for any first timer who was going to do the longest brick session of their lives and still not be able to say that they had done an Ironman. You’d think that there’s always going to be an asterisk beside that result.

Sure you didn’t even swim.

That’s not an Ironman.

This race is dead in the water I heard again and again. The first first edition of a race with no swim and horrible weather and shit roads? Who is ever going to come back to Cork?

Despite all of what should have killed it, I think instead it made it into what was the most exciting and epic race day I’ve ever experienced. 

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Robs Blog: Clontarf Half Marathon

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.

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Robs Blog: Race Report: Tarmonbarry 3/4 Marathon 2018

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

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Robs Blog: Gator trail half marathon: Race report

“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.

Rob

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Robs Blog: Ironman Florida 2017 Analysis 

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

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Robs Blog: Ironman Florida 2017 Race Report

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

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Kona 2012 Race Report 

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.

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