2019 Durban Ironman 70.3

The Durban 70.3 Ironman is always a great race. I enjoy the sea swim near Ushaka. The water temperature is lovely and the new location has so far ensured a pleasant swim without having to navigate enormous waves and turbulence in the water. The bike course provides beautiful views with some rolling hills,-it is not flat, but it is certainly not hilly either. And of course, the run along the promenades is flat and although you sometimes have to dodge spectators and so forth, the support and vibe is great. All-in-all a very enjoyable race!

I went into the Durban race feeling strong, fit and well-preparedfor the race. my coach didn't want to taper me too much for the race as we have discovered that I race better if I am not tapered completely, and I think that worked well. I had recently raced Sun-City Ultra and done a personal best on the bike and was feeling quite confident and hoping to do a personal best overall time for Durban 70.3. 

On the morning of the race, although there were shuttle buses fetching athletes along the Promenade and taking them to T1, I had asked my husband to drive me down to T1, as the buses were full and many athletes were left waiting on the side of the road for a long time. 

I arrived at the holding pens a little later than I had hoped and struggled to squeeze my way into the 30 minutes and under section. Even though I eventually made it there, I didn't manage to start as early as I had hoped. Nevertheless, I had a strong swim. The water was beautiful. Flat. Not much current at all. I climbed out the water second in my age category. Racing through T1, I felt strong and looked forward  to the bike.

The bike section was awesome,- the weather was perfect! A light breeze, no strong winds, and a beautiful temperature. I held back a little bit,- my heart settling slightly slower than what was on my race plan, but I wanted to go by how I felt on the dyad set myself up for a solid run. The bike went well for me. I knew that I would loose some places one the bike. My bike is a work in progress. I climbed off the bike and had dropped to 8th in my age category but was feeling really good.

On the run I was able to run faster than what was on my race plan. My legs felt strong and I managed to move up to 6th position in my age category, which is where I finished. And I managed a personal best time 05:29:16 for the Durban course, shaving 5 minutes off both the bike and the run, from when I did it last year.

I had an awesome race and thoroughly enjoyed it! Of course, it was awesome to see fellow team mates on the course, as well as coaches, friends and my husband cheering from the side-lines. I must say, I am grateful for the training program, race plan, input and advice from the Sterkspan coaches, and fellow athletes. It really helps. #Sterkspanrocks
Last modified on Wednesday, 07 August 2019 15:38
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