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Tri Tim




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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 11:24 am    Post subject: a very different austria race report Reply with quote

the reason why it has taken me over a week 2 write this will become clear when you read further.

the training had all gone so well,8 months and i was in the best and lightest shape of my life, i was realistically expecting a sub 10 hours time on the day.

i didnt hear a start gun but the swim went amazingly,18 months ago i couldnt do 100m inunder 2 mins but i completed the swim in 58 mins at an average of around 134 for 100m.

onto the bike and it was soon clear i wasnt well, i had prepared 4 the bike so carefully and was going to ride it to 200w per the srms,it was soon clear that i was now where near this and came into t2 in 5.32 roughly 40 minutes slower than i had planned.

the last thing i remeber is getting into t2 being amazingly disappointed. apparently i then ran half of the marathon before collapsing somewhere on the course.

i woke up from an induced 4 day coma in the intensive care unit at klagenfurt hospital with wires over all my body apparently having been dangerously close to death with odema of the brain caused by critically low sodium levels and pneunomia. i cant work out why my salt levels were so low as i drank a shed load of nunns and go electrolyte but i guess it was just too hot for me.

still in klagenfurt hospital now still being pumped full of antibiotics 4 my lungs although hopefully they will let me fly back tomorrow.
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Rob O




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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy $hit

Makes my DNF seem pretty lame. Hope you are on the mend. As Paul L would say Heal Strong.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like you were a lucky man.

Good to hear your recovering though

Wishing you a speedy and full recovery.

Yours in training

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blimey Tim, and I thought I had a bad day !

Get well soon mate.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sh!t man, really sorry to hear that but i hope that you are on the mend, it sounds that you were unlucky as you seem to have made all the right precorsions
heal strong
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jezzz, poor you, thats awful. I hope you recover soon.

On the plus side, a friend of mine had the same after London marathon a few years ago and was in hospital for days and he managed IMCH this year with no problems, he's just really careful when he trains and races.

Heal strong
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep same as others, get well soon.

Any sign of illness before you started, a cold or the like Confused
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 11:44 am    Post subject: Re: a very different austria race report Reply with quote

Wow. Get well soon. Sounds like it's pretty important that you figure out how that happened. There were 200 DNFs in Austria, which percentage-wise is pretty high. The heat must've affected a lot of people.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would guess you were carrying some low grade virus or similar. Sounds an absolute nightmare.

Hope you get better quickly.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blood Hell Tri Tim! Shocked

Sounds like the doctors knew what they were doing to ensure your full recovery.

I hope they can give you some clues as to what caused it.

Take care of yourself, Paul. Very Happy

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Heal Strong! Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sorry to hear that did you feel ill leading up to the race?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hard proof to show how absolutely critical it is to have mobile medical marshalls on the run course of an Ironman. It's very reassuring to see them cycling up and down the course in Austria, another reason I keep going back there.

Glad you're in good hands Tri Tim. Rest up well.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Ouch!" seems a bit weak... must have been a hell of a shock.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heal strong indeed.

Although important to all of us its just a sport when all said and done

PS Dehydration would put your sodium up....did u take a lot of water on at any stage to cause this?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bad luck Tim
Hope you recover quickly and get home soon
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