(from left to right) Joe Doyle, John Mongan, Tony MacPherson, Norm Driskell (Mr TOTKat), Kate Stannett, Bethan Fowler (Pro) and Paul Hawkins (Pro). Eimear Mullan also finished all 4 (1st at UK 70.3 and UK and 2nd at Galway 70.3 and Wales), but as she didn't commit at the start was not counted as an Ultimate Challenge finisher.
I am not jealous in any way of these people. Yes, I did want to complete the challenge, but it was completely outside of my control that I could not start Ironman Wales. Thanks to a healthy training schedule, a good plan and pretty good attention to detail with the work I'd been given by my coach (Rich from thetrilife.com), I was ready to get through all 4 races and have no doubts at all that I would have finished Wales in the time limit allowed. It would not have been a quick race, maybe 15-25 minutes longer than Bolton due to learning a few things and the Wales course being really rather tough, but I am certain that I would have completed had I started.
|The view from the other side shows the floating big chunk much more clearly, but we have no light box...|
|My Ultimate Ironman|
|I was actually crying a bit at this point|
|Definitely must wear glasses in a race - stinging sand blowing around *hurts* when it gets in your eyes!|