Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg 2018

Yesterday was an unexpected good day. Or let’s say, a better day. I took the race as a training day, but it’s still an Ironman, so the atmosphere is ‘something else.’ 😍
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The swim went very well, apart from not looking where I was going, ended up swimming 2050m. At 31min out of the water, knowing I still have to regain strength, I was very happy with the swim.
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As you do in training, I took it slow during transition, checking my heart rate. My Garmin was going to be my most important companion today.
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The bike was quite surprising. Still couldn’t generate the watts needed to elevate my heart rate. But the power was a lot higher than 3 days before.

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Took it even more relaxed in transition 2. Toilet stop, checking my body again, setting my Garmin to only show my heart rate, because the pace was of no importance.
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At 1k into the run I saw Simon and he asked me if I was still ok? And added: “You’re somehow in first place.” Huh? This was supposed to be a training, checking how much damage the mumps had done to my body these last couple of weeks. Now I suddenly was competing for first place in my age group. My body was nowhere near ready to compete. So I didn’t. I found a pace I could hold without suffering and was able to keep it that way until the end. I finished the half marathon in 1h36min, that’s a lot better than expected, makes me wonder what could’ve been… the biggest surprise was winning my age group. Pauline came close though, she ran a great half marathon. If she would’ve beaten me in the end, I might have knocked myself over the head with my slow transitions! 😉
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So, a great day in the end. I went from an inflamed fevered balloon head to finishing an Ironman70.3 in under 5 hours (4h51), all that in 3 weeks time. Gets me hopeful that I will be able to compete at Frankfurt, close to my best shape. Still need more power though. 💪

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