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Galway Ironman 70.3 Triathlon

A sign of how windy it was!
A sign of how windy it was!

Congratulations to Tracy Paterson for her excellent performance in this triathlon, the culmination of all her hard work and training this season. This was the first year the event was run, and the weather was a bit challenging, but the Irish welcome and the organisational staff made sure that everyone had a great day. As for Tracy, what a performance! Superb effort. Read her report and view her photos below. Well done.

Place (1,498) Gender Pos Category Cat Pos Swim T1 Bike T2 Run Time
Tracy Paterson 800 79 FV40-44 11 00:24:24 07:43 03:07:31 06:02 02:03:17 05:48:55

Tracy said: “In spite of 20 weeks of training, I felt slightly under-prepared for this event, as I’d be struck down by a chest infection three weeks before the start. Thankfully, I was over the worst of it to participate, and had a fabulous time. My mate Lee came along as support and I couldn’t have done it without her reassurance and help. I underestimated how much organisation an event like this can take. Saturday 3 September was spent in open water swim practice, organising kit bags for both transition areas and racking the bike. On the morning of the event, transition opened at 05:30 for participants to sort out their nutrition on the bike, so it was an extremely early start!

The swim course in Galway Bay was unfortunately reduced to 1,000m (should have been 1,900m) due to treacherous sea conditions and concerns for safety. The swim set off in separately-timed age groups, with all females the second last to set off at 08:30. The choppy sea conditions didn’t bother me nearly as much as the aggressive fight for space, and it felt a bit like being stuck in a washing machine with a load of people fighting to get out. Fortunately, I can give as good as I get, so I fought my way to the end.

The transition tent was a short run to collect bike bags, but the run to my bike was about 500m given the huge racking area. The bike course (90km) on closed roads was only gently undulating, and lived up to the flat and fast reputation, with some beautiful views of Connemara. The major downside was the weather, with torrential rain so heavy it was bouncing off the roads and flooding the streets, making for very treacherous riding conditions. At some stages, I couldn’t see very well for the water running off my helmet into my eyes. I tried to ignore the ambulances that seemed to scream past every half hour, as there were a few serious accidents as a result of the conditions. Many locals in the towns we passed through braved the conditions to support along the route. I was very happy to finish safely and within my planned time especially as I’d had to make two ‘convenience stops’ due to over-hydrating.

Coming into T2 was a delight and the marshalls were fantastic help in helping me sort out my kit bag. The run (21.1km) was my favourite part, not just because the weather had cleared up by then, but also because the crowd support was brilliant. The three-loop course took in the centre of Galway, passing under the Spanish arch and back along the bay. I was very pleased with my steady pace on the run which meant I had sufficiently held back on the cycle.

In spite of the weather, the Galway Ironman 70.3 was brilliant and I think it did an amazing job for its first year hosting the event. The organisation, marshalling and support were fantastic.”


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