Monday, August 31, 2009
SLS3 athlete Tereza Macel had a picture perfect race at the Ironman Canada that started with a superb swim time of 51:11 and a 2 minute lead on Belinda Granger.
Macel pretty much had flown the coup and further and further distanced herself from her pursuers. Her 4:58:13 bike split got her back into T2 14 minutes up on Granger and 16 minutes up on Tara Norton. Everyone else was petty much in a different time zone and only a complete melt down by Macel could have prevented the inevitable.
Macel though ran a 3:17:52 marathon and that time was only beaten by Janelle Morrison's time of 3:17:49. She crossed the finish line in 9:11:20 for her third Ironman title - racing in compression socks - and almost half an hour ahead of runner-up Granger.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
But still, it got me to the finish line first and in a record time of 11.02.49!"
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Wurtele took a 26-second lead over Lavelle at T2 after a race-best 2:32:56 ride, with Jones 3:05 back and Warriner trailing by 3:33. McQuaid, with a 2:35:34 bike, was 4:10 back starting the run and Corbin, after an uncharacteristically slow 2:42:11 bike, was 12 minutes back.
After a hard fought run, Lavelle’s second-fastest 1:24:29 run was 1:10 faster than Wurtele and hit the tape in 4:28:16, 68-seconds to the good. Jones, with a third-best 1:24:37 half marathon, took the final podium spot, 1:43 back of Wurtele.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I could not be happier!!
It was SO special to win Ironman in my home counrty!
I went into the race feeling determined and strong. But different to normal! As I have had an injury in my hamstring for the past few months, and for the past 8 weeks my training has not been normal.
When it came to the race weekend, I felt calm and down to earth. I think the injury has made me realise how much I really love what I do. I love to train and I love to race.
Having the possibility that I may not race Ironman UK was so upsetting. Just to be there and aiming at a podium made me SO happy.
I came out the water really close to Hillary. That was my best swim ever! One thing I have been able to do while being injured, is SWIM!! So that showed!
I got on my Cervelo and really enjoyed riding it. The plan was to go steady, not crazy. I found myself in the lead by mile 20. That is a first! Never have a led an Ironman so early.
At mile 100 a girl overtook me. I felt like I was flying, but this girl was something else! Very very stong.
I was pretty mad actaully. She was ruining my plan. I had sort of told myself at this stage that this could be my race.
I let her go. There was no way I could go with her.
I concentrating finishing my ride off.
As soon as I began to run, my running legs were there. The girl, Karin Gerber, had taken 5 minutes from me in 12 miles!
I was very happy to see her at mile 5 on the run. I gave her nothing. I ran past her fast and left her in my dust, actaully it was not dust. It was lots of mud because it was a wet English muddy track we were running down!
I had to concentrate. I had to get myself to the finish line now. And hopefully in first place. I was desperate to hold on. At mile 13 my hamstring was really tightening up. But I kept myself together and tried to run in a way that would not hurt the hamstring more.
I know Hillary is strong and if I gave here a chance, she would come and get me. On the out and backs I would see her so I kept the pressure on so that the gap was comfortable for me.