Well let’s start with a spoiler: I didn’t get to the finish line. After 35 hours, the pain in the back of my knee had become so great that there was no way to continue. Of course, I would rather have finished, but I am genuinely not too disappointed. Let me tell you why.
The whole Breca experience was incredible, but the race was a game of two halves. The first half, till the final exit of Buttermere - where the sprint race ended - was a tough adventure race that involved some technical running and some beautiful swimming. The second half, consisting of the brutal fell run over Dale Head and the weary swim across Derwent, was more of a trial of strength. Strength of body and mind.
In this blog, I’ll be talking about our first effort at swimming whilst tied together with a rope, but first I thought I’d share the full kit list that I’ve settled on. There are two weeks till Breca Buttermere and, after a lot of trial and error, I think I have finally decided which paraphernalia I’ll be using.
They say you get what you pay for. The Ironman experience is taxing, and not just on the wallet. The time and sweat that’s required to get to the start line is as draining as the price tag; but the experience is incomparable. The Ironman brand completely took over the town of Calella for the weekend, and we felt like VIPs at the party.