Well my first Ironman could not have gone more off plan and how I wanted but I got pushed to the brink and got to understand how much pain I can handle. Turns out quite a bit.
The day started well enough and I actually had the fastest swim time overall including the pro’s which included the world number 1 and 3 seed. The storm off the Florida coast churned up the ocean and the 25 knot winds caused havoc with over 400 ppl having to be rescued out of the water or just couldn’t complete the swim.
Onto the bike and things started well enough but after the first turn around I missed a turn and biked an extra 9km.. I was pretty devo’d when a cop rode up to me on his bike and told me I was off course. Even more upsetting to follow him for km after km before getting back to the turn. I then got off the bike and sat on the side for 10 min thinking race was done and that maybe I should just go do Ironman Cozumel 3 weeks later, but I eventually decided to push on (with the encouragement of a race Marshall). All up losing about 30 min. Despite this I was still off the bike 3rd in my age group.
The real issue however occured 18km into the run when the pain in my ankle reduced me to a walk and then the race really became about finishing. My grandfather who recently passed was ever present and the thought of him ensured I didn’t quit no matter how painful.
@bigmetztri who suffered a day of attrition himself summarised this race beautifully when he said about this sport that he gets to wake up every day and gets to see what he’s made of and that he hopes his resiliency to get back up and finish shows what he’s made of. - it does
In the end I now have an opportunity to take some time off and try get this injury resolved without trying to train through it and hopefully with discipline I can, because I want to have the opportunity to race injury free and nail my race execution. In the meantime I’m hobbling around NYC and enjoying time with the family.