Ironman South Africa 70.3 was my first race as a pro so everything was very new to me racing against the pro’s for the first time.
I didn’t have huge expectations but I still wanted to pull out a great result. My preparation going into the race went very well, I felt strong across all 3 disciplines and was very confident that I was going to do well. The morning of the race I woke up having a great sleep and felt race ready and really fresh to start.
We had some really amazing weather for the Half Ironman and great swim conditions to top it off with no swell at all so it was going to be a fast one. We lined up at 6:45am and I made sure I was standing behind some of the fast swimmers like Marco Albert and Will Clark. As we entered the water I tried to stay on Will Clark’s feet but it didn’t last to long maybe only 100 meters before he was gone so I had to try find someone else to work with. I was in a great place with the main pack of contenders in the swim and it felt quite comfortable having worked on my swim a bit in training. We all exited the water in 24min and headed into T1.
After coming out T1, I was right behind James Cunnama and quite a nice place to be in For the first 10km there were probably 5 of us in a pack and we stayed pretty much like that till about the 25km mark when things started going wrong for me. I lost concentration as a motor bike came past me taking shots of me and all of a sudden I was 20m back from James. I reacted to get back on the bunch but I just seemed to have no energy and power to get there and that’s when I lost them. For nearly the whole ride I could see them just in front of me and after the turn around point at 45km I was about 30 sec back.
As much as I tried to surge to get back to them there was just no power at all to give. I Probably lost about another 2min as we got back to T2 and by then my head was out of it and I had the Thoughts of just giving up. The first lap of my run wasn’t to good because of the dark place I was in but through all the support I had along the way I managed to pull together on the second lap and finish off the run strong with a 1:20hr half marathon and 9th position.
I tried to let the negative thoughts disappear in my head, and thanks to all my sponsors along the way and to all my family and friends encouraging me to carry on going as well as my coach Raynard & Natalie Tissink I ended up finishing in the top 10 in my first pro race.
Overall Results: Swim 24:40Bike 2:24hrRun 1:20:59
Overall Time: 4:13:42
Overall Position: 9th (3rd South African)
And a BIG thank you to my Sponsors & all there support:
- Velocity Sports Lab
- Axis House and Trevor Mclean Anderson
- GU energy
- ENVE composites
- ON runningTYR