The swim went off smoothly; the rolling starts really do allow a pleasant experience in the water. The sea was fairly calm and I enjoy swimming up and down in the swells. After a very long drag along the shore with an endless amount of yellow bouys, the turn around bouy was in sight. The sea on the way back wasn't as pleasant as heading out, but still quite an enjoyable. Finally it was the last turn around and I was heading back to the beach. Running out the water I felt great and was satisfied with the time which I had completed the swim.
The bike leg started off with a great first lap of 90kms. I felt strong, the legs felt good. I was very impressed with my time and had left myself space to back off if needs be. Unfortunately a problem arrived as soon as I reach the turnaround point at 135km and it was the final stretch back. I had started to feel flat and fatigued. This was quite a concern, but because I had made such good time on the ride, I could back off a bit and still end off with a great bike time. This however made the last stretch back very long and slow and I had been passed by quite a few of my fellow Trifactri athletes which is always quite demotivating. But I pedaled along and eventually made myself back, telling myself I'd make it all back on the run.
The run began with great motivation with the full belief that I'd run an easy marathon. This was a rookie mistake. There is no such thing as an easy marathon. I felt strong on the run, and breezed through the first two laps. 21kms in and I was happy with my time and pace.
I wasn't able to take anymore gels as by this stage I had consumed so many I just couldn't stomach another. Coke was my only option, with one terrible mushy potato. The third lap I found the wheels starting to come off. The pain in my legs was close to unbearable, and I was struggling to run at all. I forced myself to run between water points and I just walked all the water points from then. My pace was now a lot slower, and my goal now was to just finish the race. It had been a long day out and I just wanted to be done with racing.
The last section took forever to finish, but I ended up passing a few of the Trifactri athletes and each giving some wonderful words of encouragement. Their support along with the support from the spectators gave me a little light and I found myself able to shuffle along getting closer and closer to the finish. Eventually I was left with only a few kilometers to go, and the countdown became quite exciting, even though my legs were so sore. Finish line in sight, I managed to give one final push out of my body, with the cheers along the finish and that beautiful red carpet I crossed that finish line!!