Ironman Cairns 2016
From the Ironman-
One day I will train properly for these silly races…
This race was put on the schedule as it was the last full Ironman distance in Australia that I had not completed. I did the 70.3 a few years ago and really enjoyed it, and also we were due for a holiday. I signed up for this race long before all of the drama of the cancellation of IM Melbourne and everyone being reallocated to this race or Port Mac a few weeks ago. Additionally, my parents wanted to come out and see me race again and to see the Great Barrier Reef (while it still exists).
We left the house early on Friday morning for a 9am flight. It was a damn good thing we did as there was a semi truck fire on the freeway that closed it down during the morning rush hour. As we sat in the lounge watching the chaos on TV and also watching all the bikes headed over to oversize baggage, the race brain began to kick in. The flight was full of triathletes and there is always a nervous buzz of anticipation.
We landed in Cairns and picked up our brand new rental car (10kms on the speedo) and picked up the keys to the apartment in Palm Cove. After dropping off the luggage and Blossom (the new BMC tri bike) we headed back to Cairns to pick up my parents who had flown in the day before. They were staying right across from the expo and check in, so we took a walk over and took a look at all the merch and picked up my timing chip etc. I picked up some c02 canisters and gels and we headed back to Palm Cove. After dinner I put the bike together, and we called it an early night.
The next morning after a quick jog and spin on the bike to make sure every thing was in order, we walked over to rack the bike. One problem, for some reason my brain justified that I wouldn’t need my helmet. Wrong. So I ran back to get the helmet all the while the wind started to pick up. Finally I got to transition and have a rock star parking spot for the bike. As there are 2 races going on at the same time and approximately 4000 bikes, you can get lost really easy. Bike bag was dropped off and Blossom was racked; we grabbed some lunch and then headed back to Cairns to drop off my run bag. Once the running around is done, we headed back to Palm Cove and the wind really picked up.
|The day before the race was beautiful in Palm Cove|
|Before the swim|
|Phil and his fan club|
|Phil and his parents|
|Swimmers being kicked out of the water|
|Starting the bike leg|
|Starting the marathon with clean teeth|
|Some of the supporters along the run|
|Pretty evening in Cairns|
|IM finish line #6|
Next up is Challenge Shepparton 70.3 in Nov then we head across the water to New Zealand for Challenge Wanaka in Feb 2017.
As always a big thank you to training partner Les, and of course, my amazing wife and coach Suzannah.