21/07/2014 at 11:23
The Bastion was my first Iron distance race, and even though the terrain was incredibly hilly both across the bike and run, I thoroughly enjoyed it! bizarre as it may sound, the depth of the challenge made the finish all the more special. I knew I had been in the ultimate race, and conquered it.
I have just turned 50, and decided last Christmas that this was the race for me, a treat for being 50 in June, in spite of friends warning me about the 2700m of climbing on the bike - luckily they and especially I did not know the run course was also up and down. I had targeted 12 hours, but was proud of 13'20, and finishing 3rd in the super veterans category.
The whole event was brilliantly run, and high fiving marshals as I ran down the finishing chute is a highlight amongst a few. The biggest moment for me however was the support of my two sons, Ben and Richard, and particularly my elder son, Ben, running with me at the start of the 4th and final lap and telling me how proud he was of me. It made me well up, and still does at the thought of it a week or so later.
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