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Ironman UK 2010. What went wrong?

Posted by Rob Woollen on August 23, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Those of you who know me will be aware that I was hoping to knock an hour or so off last year's Ironman time. Last year I had an injury which prevented me from fulfilling my potential in the marathon so I was ready to get to work this time around.

Unfortunately it was not to be. I was on target to knock an hour off until the 13 mile point in the run. At that stage my legs just gave in and I was forced to drop my pace significantly to the point where I finally came in 10 mins slower than last year!

So what can we learn from this? Was I just not up to the job, or is there something I can take away for future use?

There was nothing extrinsic that affected my performance (ie there are no excuses!). On reflection I think I may have messed up on the following two areas: -

1. Nutrition. Last year I ate steadily throughout the bike ride. This time around I realsied about half way in that I had not been eating anywhere near as much. This may have left me short of much needed fuel later on

2. Salts. I realised too late at registration that I had lent my salt tablets to somebody and had to buy some more. However they did not have my brand, so I picked up the only ones I could get. I think I just failed to prepare properly and did not really know how or when to use them. In the last 4 miles of the race, after I had been steadily taking the tablets my performance improved and I picked up a little time.

So the moral of the story is - fuel efficiently and prepare properly by trying out your salt tablets in trianing and using the same system on race day. In the end the race became about survival for me - and I managed that!

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