Ironman 70.3 Dublin 2016
September 9th, 2016 by Fraser
4th place – 4:08:20
Last year I came to Dublin hoping to collect the last vital ‘points’ required to qualify for the Ironman World Championships on Hawaii. I was having a cracker of a race midway through the bike ride – leading and on my own. I even started to allow myself to get excited. Then I punctured. Such is life! So this year I was merely aiming for a good, safe race that improved on the previous visit to the city.
Some great crowds for the finish in Phoenix Park, Dublin
Apart from the chance to get to race somewhere that’s only a single flight from Edinburgh, I was able to stay with long time buddy, training & race partner and Stirling resident, Gavin Noble. He and Siobhan live a stones throw away from the Park that the run course and finish was in, which ensured the most convenient walk home post race that I’ve had in a long time!
Gav and I first ‘raced’ each other somewhere before the year 2000 as juniors, and although he’s since hung up the wetty and bike for a few years now, it’s great to get to hang out with him somewhere around the globe every now and then. Even better in his back yard!
The theme of catching up and reunions continued, as I was surprised to see an old pal out cheering as soon as hit the run course. Chris Holmes and I were juniors as part of Scottish Home Nation teams many years past. I hadn’t seen him in goodness knows how many years and didn’t even know he was now living in Dublin, so it was really good of him to wander down to watch the race – as he in turn didn’t even know if I was competing!
Little Izzy seemed to enjoy the day in the park, and I certainly appreciated her handing out some high fives out there too! For most of the run I was actually in 5th place and fairly concerned that I would slip to a fast closing guy in 6th spot, but I dug in and surprisingly managed to suddenly find myself in 4th just as the final mile arrived, which was yet another example of how anything goes in this sport until the finish line appears. It wasn’t the win I had started to dream about this time last year, but it was a perfectly respectable day of racing for me nonetheless. And a very nice weekend on the Emerald Isle indeed.