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From Monk to IM
CBD Cycles - 16/04/2014
First Ironman done and dusted...what a relief!

I’d trained for 51 weeks for Ironman Melbourne (since entering) with a dream goal of finishing in around 9 hours (broadly, swim an hour, ride five, run three) and qualifying for Kona. Having never done an Ironman I knew it was a lofty goal but I managed to stay healthy, train consistently and over the months the goal seemed to become a little more realistic...come race week any confidence I had was gone and I just hoped to merely finish!

Fast forward to the last 10k of the run and I was on track. I’d run into 2nd place (male 30-34) around Sandringham I think and knew if I could hold on I’d be a certainty for a Kona spot. But even with 3k to go I was worried I might bonk and have to walk to the finish line so the lid was still well and truly on. It wasn’t until I hit the Giant crew at the St Kilda Marina that I realised I was going to make it to the finish line. From that point on I was a bit more relaxed and started to really soak it in. Running through the barricades I made sure I high-fived as many people as I could (I think I ran about 100m with my right arm out high-fiving people). Turning that last right hander into the finish chute was such a relief, the finish line was now in sight! Without knowing my exact times I knew I’d secured 2nd place and a Kona spot and as I walked over the line it all sank in and I was totally overcome with joy, relief and satisfaction. It wasn’t until afterwards that I found out my exact times but in the end I had crossed the line in 8:47 with a 0:53 swim, 4:51 bike and a 2:56 run (plus some transition time). All in all, a dream day out!

Massive thank you to everyone at CBD Cycles for all their support and advice over the past season. The Giant Trinity SL 1 ran like a dream and the position felt super comfortable for the whole 180k! I also owe a huge thank you to all my training mates... including The King and co. They are what make training so much fun and without them there is no way I could've achieved what I did.

I know I've got a lot of work to do between now and October if I'm going to be any chance of a good result but I'm looking forward to the challenge!

Cheers, Jordy

Ed's side note.
Sorry it's taken a while to get this to you, Jordy went on a week-long charity ride (Tour de Transplant) immediately after Ironman Melbourne.....( the monk loves a challenge)