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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 8:35 am    Post subject: IMUK Race Report - Big Ron Reply with quote

Ironman UK – Sun 20th Aug 2006

This was my first Ironman race and my goal was to finish it – that would be an achievement in itself. However, looking at my times in training and what I thought I could physically achieve, I knew that 14 hours would also be a realistic target – we would see.

I had excellent race prep. The two weeks before had been frustrating. I never really felt comfortable with this ‘tapering’ lark and did about 8 short sessions in the last 2 weeks. However, after an excellent 7 hours sleep, I awoke on race morning fit, well rested and more importantly raring to go!




Swim (3.8km)– 1.03.52

The swim went pretty much as expected. I was hoping for 1 hr, but was more than happy with what I got. With over 1000 swimmers all starting at the same time, it was not as ferocious as I thought. I managed to find a good line and hold it. I did have the misfortune of having to swim over the odd person as they quite clearly struggled to swim in a straight line. I came out of the water feeling strong and not out of breath.




TI – 6.07

In and out in reasonable time

Bike (180km) – 6.11.25

I was very happy with my bike time. I had targeted the 6 hr mark as what I wanted, and bearing in mind it was a reasonable tough course with at least 2 significant climbs, I was very happy. The 1st (of three laps) whizzed by and I kept myself well hydrated and fuelled up at every aid station. The 2nd lap was again over before I knew it (well nearly), but the 3rd lap dragged slightly. I was starting to feel tired and the legs slightly heavy. Had I pushed it too hard in the first 75 miles, had I eaten enough? I started to think about the consequences of pushing too hard early on and struggling on the run. So, I eased off slightly, took my heart rate down and concentrated on preserving energy for the run. It worked and during the final part of the last lap, I started to feel stronger again and pushed it down into T2. I must say that the support I received on the bike was fantastic. My girlfriend was out on the course, my boss made a guest appearance on the road side – much to my surprise and of course the Tritalk faithful. They were a much needed boost in morale at the top of Lions Gate. I was also very pleasantly surprised and pleased to see ‘Go Big Ron’ spray painted on to the road at various points on the road. I felt like an extra out of the ‘Tour de France’!


T2 – 3.48

I didn’t want to hang around too long in here. I needed to get out and get this marathon going!

Run (42.2km) – 5.30.56




This was the point of the race I was least looking forward to. It is the weakest of my 3 disciplines and therefore, what I consider to be the toughest. I had decided that I would adopt a run/walk strategy. The last thing I wanted to do was go for it, blow up and not finished. I had come too far for that to happen. My decision paid off and it worked well. The first 9 miles (mostly X-Country) ticked off reasonably well and I headed out on to the A30 in high spirits. I continued to take advantage of the well stocked Aid Stations (the pretzels were very well appreciated). However, things started to slow down when I hit the A30. It was a pretty uninspiring part of the course. You could see (or so you thought you could) the turnaround point, but it never seemed to come. I was very welcome to see the turnaround point and too see it marshalled by the Army Tri Association (it was at this point that I bumped into an old PTI that trained me at Sandhurst in 1999. We had a little run/chat and then I let him go on). It was at about the 18 mile point that I started to get my second wind and also a blister, but that wasn’t going to stop me! I realised at this point that in order to get in within 14 hrs (now every achievable) I had to cover the last 8 miles in 2 ½ hours – well within my grasp, in fact I could do it quicker. The last part of the run started to feel a lot more bearable and I had managed to get this far and not hit the wall. Miles 20,21, 22 (blister burst) and 23 ticked by nicely. I then reentered Sherborne for the final time, passed mile 25 – and then got a bloody stitch!! I had gone all day with nothing and then I go and get a stitch at the end!!! I managed to keep going and entered the castle grounds with about 7 mins to go to break the 13 hour point. I just put my head down and pushed it out until the top of the Finishers shute. I don’t really remember seeing the finishing time, but it was absolutely awesome to finish. The crowd were going mad and I had just completed my first (there will be more) Ironman in 12.56.14. The crowd had been fantastic all through out the race. I had decided to get my nick name printed on to my top and shorts. It paid off. All the way around the course I had people shouting my name, one girl even shouted ‘why do they call you Big Ron’? I was too short of breath to answer!





I am an Ironman




It would be wrong of me not to take use of this public forum and thank a few people.

For all those of you that sponsored me, I can’t thank you enough. To date I have raised just short of £3000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association – and there is still more money coming in. Thank you.

Jess, has been fantastic over the last 9 months right the way through to the day. She has supported me in my quest to be an Ironman, put up with early starts, my refusals to socialise, and weekends/evenings spent training. Even on the day she was fantastic. While I was out there slogging my guts out she was fielding phone calls, sending text messages to keep everyone informed and having to hang around for hours on end just hoping to catch a glimpse of me.

And finally the all at Tritalk. Your advice prior to the race has been invaluable and your support during the race was incrediable - Paul L and Co a massive thank you.

Roll on next year!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

well done ... great report .... and excellent money raised
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done ron it wasn't that bad after all was it!! Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

well done-great report and a fantastic sum you've raised. Makes the acheivement EVEN more significant
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations Big Ron, another great race & report. Cool

Putting your name on your kit was a great idea & you stood out a mile.

Where did you get the letters from?
I think I will do this on my own TT kit too.

Thanks for stopping to say hello at the end, it was a nice touch.

Recover Strong, Paul. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah i would love to know where you get names put on kit??
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well done BR - great perf - we said hello each other a number of times on the run - I was wearing TT tri suit with white cap and shades. You were looking good with a big smile on yr face and clearly in control of things - it was in the first part (in the castle grounds).

Great report and pics.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

big ron that well done great time too,i never knew you were a tt er i was in the hot tub at the end when you got in!!!
amazing job on the fund raising to mr ironman
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent result and great report. Well done on the finish and on the sponsorship.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 10:58 am    Post subject: Well Done Big Ron Reply with quote

Well Done Big Ron

Excellent performance for your first Ironman.

I would like to ask one question. I am taking part in next year's Half Ironman UK, and I am running for Rotary Club's registered charities. Just wanted to know how you organised your sponsoship. Did you approach local businesses, was it successful and where did you get you gear done, prinitng etc.?
Ok, sorry, more than 1 question there.

All the Best
Steve
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve,

In answer to your questions:

I used Justgiving.com as my means of sponsorship. It is so much easier to raise the money and you need't have the worry of going around and collecting cash.

I didn't approach loacl companies (as though for next year I will as I'm competing in IMUK and Big woody - 2IM in 14 days!). It could be hit and miss with local companies, what are they going to get out of it?

The printing I did in a local print shop - £10. Very worthwhile as I had only 1 official supporter but many people cheering on 'Big Ron'!

Best of luck with your sponsorship and ultiamtely the race.

Will
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great Report !!

And - well, great race !!

Two Big Rons in one venue ???

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Bigron, you are one of the few pwople I actually remember seeing on the day (spectating). Congratulations!
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