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Ironman NZ 11 Sean Foster
CBD Cycles - 16/03/2011
Still cut the Mustard??
Ironman New Zealand 2011 – Sean Foster

I had just recently clicked over to the 40-44age group. I felt a very long way from the peak of my racing powers. I hadn’t finished an Ironman in over 2years, and most of the 20strong Melbourne Tri Club team that I travelled over with could only remember a DNF in my last Ironman.

As I took a walk the night before the race to reflect, my distinct lack of confidence belied the fact that this would be my 17th finish if all went to plan. My lack of confidence seemed intrinsically linked to the short prep I had done, after some troubles with Osteitis Pubis for most of 2010.

First of all for getting me to the start line, I would like to thank Anthony and CBD Cycles. They are my long term sponsor since 1999. Thanks for the help in tweaking my Giant to accommodate my old man stiff back. To Rick and Sam from Active Feet for the ace Nike runners and gear, Dextro Energy for the nutrition and my good mates at the Melbourne Tri Club and Fluid Movements for their loyalty and continued support.

Race Day
The weather was average. It was windy and poured with rain all day, but for those that know me, that was what I was hoping for.

Had a solid swim, was hoping for 53mins and came out in 52:33. No dramas after an initial rough start, and got out on the bike safe and sound after that long run to T1.

Had a surprisingly good bike, finishing with a split of 5hrs. I was hoping for anything sub 5:10, as I hadn’t felt good on the bike in the lead up. I ended up sitting on the front of a group of around 7riders for around 150k of the ride. With 45k to go I managed to get away, with only 2 coming with. I arrived in T2 leading my age group and top 3 age grouper.
Onto the run, and it was a matter of take it out hard and hanging on. This is where I thought things could fall apart for me. I ran strongly to 25kms, averaging just over 4:30min k’s. From there though, I lost a lot of quad condition and it felt like I was running on egg shells down the hills on the run course. I hung on for a 3:18h marathon.
I finished up 2nd in my age and 22nd overall in a time of 9hrs 18mins, and took my spot for the Hawaii Ironman in October.
Now to step it up for a long hard cold winter of training!