Ironman Tenby 2017
Ironman Tenby 2017
We had an exhausting weekend watching Ironman Tenby 2017 one of the toughest athletic events in the world.
We originally wanted a long weekend away, and booked a hotel in the picturesque seaside town of Tenby, not realising it was the weekend when thousands of athletes and spectators descend on the seaside town for Ironman Tenby 2017.
The race starts early at 6.30 am and commences with a 2.4 mile swim around the South Beach Bay, followed by a 112 mile bike ride and culminating in a full marathon.
If that sounds exhausting enough, all stages of the race must be completed by midnight and the three stages of the race have final cut off times or contenders are at risk of being swept up by ‘The Broom Wagon’ and being disqualified.
This year athletes were subjected to a fairly choppy sea in the morning and torrential rain and high winds hitting cyclists in the afternoon, although the weather did calm down a little for late finishers, the majority of the triathlete’s, were battered by the most awful weather throughout the day.
One of the athletes I talked to rather unceremoniously described his day as ‘A tough day in the office’. I should says so.
The atmosphere in the town is palpable with the excitement/trepidation building slowly throughout Saturday.
Ironman Tenby 2017 was run on Sunday September 10th, and we had a few contenders staying at the same hotel as us.
When we arrived at Myrtle House Hotel lunch time Saturday, they were all busy making final adjustments to their bikes, oiling chains and checking the adjustment of gears and brakes.
There were some very impressive and expensive bikes on display, and one of the guests told us that unless he was sponsored there was no way he would have been able to afford his travel costs from Germany, never mind the £10,000 for his top of the range bike.
He finished an impressive 20th in his age category in Ironman Tenby 2017, but the day before he said he’d ‘Not been feeling it’, and was slowly recovering from a virus.
I have never seen so many people in Tenby, with spectators lining the streets three deep.
Not even the rain kept people indoors, and their enthusiasm was fantastic to watch.
Many of the contenders thanked them as they wound their way around the course, and speaking to them on Monday, they all said what a difference the support makes to them as they battle fatigue as the race progresses.
I was once a fit and athletic young man, or at least I considered my self to be so, but after watching Ironman Tenby 2017 I was a rank amateur.
These athletes take fitness to a totally new dimension.
Ironman Tenby 2017 was the most impressive race I’ve ever witnessed, a battle of not just sinew and muscle, but a battle of sheer will to finish the event.
Congratulations to all competitors in Ironman Tenby 2017, it was fantastic – See you next year.