Ironman Klagenfurt 2017 was the race where Frodo would smash the 7.35 world record…no it did not happen. But some things happened for me. :)
For me, Klagenfurt was my 5th Ironman, with the main target to beat the mythical 11hrs!
Everything had to be perfect. Good temperatures, no rain, neoprene swim, and most importantly very strong legs. With 2869 athletes at a start, it was important to find a good line, not too close, not too far away from the turning points.
The last 800 meters of the swim was a canal of only 6 meters wide, so here we received a lot of hits. Many athletes there lost goggles and swim caps.
Pretty OK swim of 1hr 14mins but a bit slower than what I expected. After a pretty long 250 meter run to T1, I took the time to mentally prepare for a killer bike. Thats what happened. 180.2KM at 32.9K/hr avg took me back to T2 in 5hrs 28mins. With 1807 height meters, Klagenfurt is not really flat :) so pretty happy with this part. Getting of the bike went pretty good and after just 3mins in T2 I started very fresh at my marathon. Not really the most beautiful run course with hardly spectators for about 25KM. Despite a breakdown between KM 22-33, I was still able to run a decent 3:45 marathon. No extreme pains or weak legs.
The finish line in the ´Kona of Europe´ is cool. I was running on pure euphoria. I finished my Ironman in 10hrs 40mins, smashing my own PB with 23 minutes. This time gave me an overall ranking of 617th (on 2869 athletes) and an AG ranking of 100th (on 528 athletes), so pretty nice within the top 20%. But other message, even with a 10:40, I am still miles away from a top 10 spot. Amazing that so many 45-49 AG athletes finish under 10 hours. Machines.
Despite this solid 10:40 finish time, there are some reserves available. So up for another year of training, moving up to the next level. Thanks to coach Maros and all Realiz team mates for the great training sessions. You all are part of this!
Photo credit: Behame.sk, Realiz, Vivafoto