Swiss Ironman 2006
As most of you know, I was unable to complete Ironman.
At the time, especially during the bike portion of the
race, my frustration levels were very high. However now
that I have had time to reflect, I now know I can
complete an Ironman and my resolve has become only
stronger from this event. See Race Details below slides.
The chaos of the swim is what you come to expect in any
triathlon but I have to admit that it was far more
aggressive in the corners than anything I had
experienced previously. People would simply push you out
of the way or swim over you. The funny thing is the only
reason they would catch you is due to the traffic jam in
the corners. Around the half way point you swim between
the shoreline and a small island which is very narrow
and shallow. Some people including myself had to stand
and walk a few steps to get past some rocks under the
water. However the water was very warm and I felt I swam
my best swim ever.
The bike was another matter however as most people burst
out of the gate and there is a lot of drafting in this
event even though this is not allowed. To my dismay, my
knee started to act up around the 10 kilometer point of
the 180 kilometer ride. What killed me was the flats as
my body position over the pedal on my right knee caused
me to feel a pulling sensation below the knee cap on
every revolution of the pedal.
I tried various positions and the one that seemed to
cause the least discomfort was to hang my away from the
bike as I pedalled. Oddly enough hill climbing was not a
problem as soon as I stood off the pedals, allowing me
to charge up the hills very easily. This was also partly
due to going very slow on the flats which was like
resting compared to my normal pace.
Stepping off the bike at the end of the bike course,
placing my foot on the ground nearly made me keel over
in pain. I barely hobbled into transition and was
thinking of quitting. Okay you can feel sorry for me now
:( I took my time and eventually made my way onto the
run course. It was very tough to get going and even
though I was not tired, my knee was being aggravated on
every step. I tried jogging/walking but there was no
escaping the discomfort. I eventually made it past 10km
and pulled out near the finish area. Did I mention it
was over 30 degrees - ya come on feel sorry for me!
Anyway I have to say I loved the way the event was put
on and the people of Zurich were awesome. The best
encouragement I got all day was one guy who yelled
"JEFF..." a slight pause "RECOVER".
I will be back!