Monday, June 04, 2007
The Oliver Half Ironman would prove to be tough as by the time we began our run the temperature would soar to 35C and by finish it had peaked to 38C. The water stations had a hard time keeping up to the demand. The water stations were always packed with people and grabbing water and running was difficult. My first 10k of running was fine. I felt I had a good tempo going but after that it was like someone cranked the temperature up and the wheels came off.
Here is how everyone made out:
Final time: 4:47:36
Placing 10/39; 23/376
Final Time: 5:37:13
Final Time: 5:14:17
Placing 11/72; 69/376
Final time: 5:31:52
Placing 2/48; 33/303
For me, this was 11 minutes slower than last year. This year my swim was exactly 3 minutes faster, my bike 3:15 faster, and my run was 1:57 compared to 1:39 last year. The good news is that my age category record which I set last year still stands at 5:20:35. Had it been in the lower 30s, I feel I would have crushed my previous record. I say this confidently, as the last two years, I have done Osoyoos in similar conditions and have held it together on the run. I think the biggest difference this year is that I did not spend time in Penticton, like in the previous two years, to adjust to the heat. I recall last year biking in Penticton in mid-May, we hit temperatures in the the mid to high 30s for the entire week. I love the heat and have always competed my best in the worst heat conditions but this time I had zero preparation for this heat. I think that most Albertans were in the same boat.
Dan got his Ironman Canada spot and had a smoking time for his first Half Ironman and for an old dude of 45+. Dan commented, "I had a great race. I wish it was hotter."
James bettered his time over last year by close to 10 minutes. James had blisters on his feet and seemed to enjoy walking on the asphalt with bare feet to soothe those blisters.
Ryan did awesome for his first Half Ironman, and like me, suffered on the run. Ryan commented, "I have never done anything in this kind of heat before except for laying on the beach." Kyla smiled indicating that Ryan may have participated in other events in this kind of heat.
Sandra just complained that she could not put any pressure on her feet as the arches of both feet cramped severely in the last 5k. James attempted to talk to Sandra, but she firmly told James that she would not like to engage in conversation until it was all over.
In the end, we all had burgers, chips and pepsi. In a week we all will have forgotten about how DARN HOT it was!
How HOT! So hot that my digital reading on my wireless computer was no longer reading and had to wait until later to revive itself. So hot that my cell phone, which I left in my car, would not charge until it left the heat of the Okanagon and entered Golden. So hot, that my anti-perspirant melted so I smelled all the way home. So hot, that my smarties melted. So hot, that I had three slurpees and three 1.5 litres of water on the ride home. So hot, that today I am still peeing yellow. So hot, that I will have a stupid looking tan for the rest of the summer.
You learn you can do your best even when its hard, even when you're tired and maybe hurting a little bit. It feels good to show some courage.