IRONMAN Mallorca: En reise gjennom sol, regn, torden og et meget høyt fjell!
Som trener har jeg kjent at jeg alltid blir veldig nervøs når noen jeg har fulgt over lengre tid skal ut i ilden. Denne gangen var intent unntak da Bart skulle gjennomføre IRONMAN Mallorca. Uansett forhold byr en IRONMAN på en real utfordring når den skal gjennomføres, og IRONMAN Mallorca 2016 var intet unntak. Likevel ble det mer enn distansen som skulle utfordre Bart denne dagen. Les hans race-rapport under.
I ate breakfast 3 hours before the race (banana gel drink + powerbars and banana). Walked to the start zone which was about 2,5 k from the hotel. As the race was declared not wet suit allowed, I left the suit in the room as bags were already in place the day before together with the bike. I was taken off guard when they announced that the temperature changed by two degrees but luckily I got a hold of my wetsuit before the change area closed. Lesson learned: even if it is not wet suit allowed the day before, always bring your suit to the start.
During the swimming I purely focused on technique and body position and never lost focus. My time was phenomenal (for me) with 1.09h. 6 minutes better than my best previous time.
I changed in a calm and composed manner and got on the bike double checking all my tasks so ready for the long ride. All went well and I got to the 32k/h speed after some time and maintained that up to 105k. However, then the (real) mountains came. First it went up gradually for about 10 k and then the 7,7 k climb to Lluc was presented in thunderstorm format (the bike-course profile is presented below). That was the toughest climb I have ever done in that type of weather and unfortunately my speed dropped dramatically followed by cramps after getting really cold close to the top.
The descent was dangerous and after that towards the finish I pushed hard to get some time back but did no longer manage to get in excess of an average of 31k / h. Coming into the change zone from the bike I felt tired and actually a bit dizzy so I took a bit of time to prepare properly for the running (6.14h).
I started the run very well but then the cramp came back and had to stretch it out. Tried to keep a 5.40 – 6.00 min / km pace which worked well for the first 23 k. Towards the 30k mark I started to get really tired and tried to push hard but could not avoid slipping into 7 min / k parts of the race. I also started to get serious problems in my toes which affected speed and finally reached the finish line after a marathon of 4.32 hr or a total time of 12 hours 14 minutes.
I wanted to attack my time from IRONMAN Barcelona last year, but knew after the climb and descent that there’s no way to compare the two courses. I was and am extremely satisfied with the result and the race. I have never been more ready physically and mentally thanks to AP-Performance. I will also never forget the horrible and beautiful climb at the same time towards Lluc. When I was suffering and the pain came I could just say: hey, I am here and am mastering this, many are not. The body truly achieves what the mind believes and the emotions surrounding an Ironman are so strong that it is difficult to describe. In other words, I have to prepare my wife for yet another training year and Ironman ahead. Looking forward to it!!