Chris Legh - In his own words!FOR EVERY ACTION THERE IS AN EQUAL AND OPPOSITE REACTION"
Another Ironman completed and once again I realized that the only certainty in Ironman racing is the fact that my right shoe is usually full of pee and my left shoulder is covered in vomit. People have often told me that I am a well balanced athlete!!!!!
One hour before the race start Huddle entered my trailer to wish me all the best on this longest of training days, which is fully catered for with almost 2000 friends and a well fueled, hydrated and rested body. It was now a matter of nutrition and pacing, the delicate difference between failure and success which now laid firmly in my hands.
Moments after the cannon was fired the tension of the pre race build up was released and my premeditated dream start had been realized, no kicks to the face or tugs on my legs. It was all smooth sailing until a mid swim loss of concentration which was to influence the rest of my day. In a sport that has seen the evolution of complete athletes there is no room for such mistakes, particularly with the caliber of athlete which was present at this years event. As a professional athlete I always want to see the front of the race and hopefully control or influence the days results. Excluding the bike and run turns, I never got to see the head of the race, maybe I needed a few more turns to get a feel for the pace of the race or to intimidate my opponents with my race day stare. I had been working on my stare intensity over the past few weeks so I was obviously disappointed when I was unable to put it into practice!!!!!
Coming off the bike I had moved into forth place but I was 13 minutes and 11 minutes from 1st and 3rd positions respectively. A win on this occasion would require a PB run split from myself and a large faltering from Tim, Tony and Craig.
I run out in control but at a relatively fast pace, reaching the first turn in 38 minutes, the only problem was that the guys ahead were holding a similar pace. It had been a year since I last found myself pounding after a relatively long swim/ride warm up and I had actually forgotten how much this whole process hurt. At the conclusion of the day I had moved to within a couple of minutes of third place but I had definitely lost ground on the De Boom boys. I think they were the only two pros who didn't totally implode after an overzealous approach to the first lap of the run.
As Paula always says, " I think I could have won if I had gone a bit faster"….
On a more positive note I successfully qualified for Hawaii. To this point in my career I have a 3:2 DNF to finishing ratio on the Big Island, it's definitely time to square up the ledger.