Elche Half Ironman, Spain
May 20th, 2014 by Fraser
3rd place – 4:06:38
My racing season got properly started with my first triathlon of the year – the Triatlon de Elche at the end of April. I raced here last year and really enjoyed the event, so was pleased to be returning this year. Unfortunately Ali got a pesky sickness bug the night before we were flying and I had to head on down to Alicante without her. It was just a flying ‘fiddler’s elbow’ kind of visit (in and out) but it all worked out pretty well. Especially since I didn’t catch said bug! There was also a large contingent from Stirling Tri on sight in various stages of holiday mode, so it made for a relaxed way to begin the serious business of racing for the year.
It’s alwasy nice to have a race on or besides (and start at) a nice sandy beach, however perhaps not to have a section of the run course meander onto the beach too! The run section was a 3 lap affair and a few hundred meters of it was along this extremely soft and unforgiving stuff. Truth be told I actually enjoyed the variety on the run course, which also included a brutal series of stairs up into the town. It was a challenging 21k there was no denying, but I was quite pleased with how I held up.
My swim was reasonable enough, the bike ride was fast – during which I realised I wasn’t in the same league of power production as the two fellas that I eventually shared the podium with. However I got to T2 in 3rd place and eventually crossed the finish in the same spot after a consistent shuffle. Perhaps my podium attire might need to be reworked in the future though… it’s just a thought that has crossed my mind 😉