Race report: IRONMAN Taiwan 🇹🇼 - bike.
To quote one of the pro-athletes: “This bike leg was no joke!”. My biking skills are increasing rapidly - and I did enjoy myself. But I was a hard ride! I actually have changed my mentality around windy rides, started to appreciate them — and that was a big advantage on this course. The wind was changing at all times, one moment of inattentive and a crosswind could take you down.
The hard course spread out the field well. I was alone more or less for 100km. Didn’t see much drafting on my way up through the ranks.
My hip gave me troubles from approximately 50km - if pushing more than 250w I was in agony.
From 70km I got company. Two guys with a good cooperation was flying by. So I “joined” them. Kudos to them, as I honestly just was hanging on some 20m back, letting them pace me, due to my hip-pain it was difficult to push the limits. Pitched in now and then as much as the pain allowed me. Lost them at 140km, before they caught up again on the final km.
In the hardest headwinds I logged 350w on 21,5kph. So the winds was a major factor. The heat was okay, though getting hotter during the ride, increasing the sweat rate.
But the winds had the biggest impact, probably affected my average watts 219NP. In the tailwind I ran out of gears.
Last 15km - I was quite thorn about my hip, but decided quickly that I would at least run 1 loop or 10,5km.
Entering transition I counted 7 bikes in my agegroup. As I started the swim late I felt quite confident. From jumping off the bike I didn’t feel any pain (from the hips...)! “Let the fun/hunt begin....” was my thought..... 💥
[picture are from the days before the race by my @recnatta ] #terribletuesdaystriathlon #napralogica #uperformcoaching #trispot