Team MaccaX were represented in numbers at the world’s greatest triathlon, Challenge Roth. Mathias Amon did a great job co-ordinating everyone! The results of those racing were inspiring from Kenneth Heney with a 10.03 including a puncture to a couple of DNFs. Included below, some race reports, quotes as well as the race times from the team, and of course the pictures!
“Challenge Roth 2015 – my first full distance. Everything went well until the run where I struggled with my stomach. But overall result as planned so satisfied! Big thanks to everyone who supported on the course as it helped me to get through.”
Our Iron Couple Kenneth Heney and Vicky Arscott certainly had different experiences on the day. Kenneth had a puncture but still finished in 10.03, Vicky didn’t fare so well “An unfriendly German shove and it was game over. Reached 160km on the bike but had to pull out since I could no longer pedal the bike. Very disappointed because the race itself is really great. Thanks for all your support and concern”
Ian Graham 10.22
Well what a day…everything that could go wrong on the bike pretty much did go wrong! Worst of which was a big tear in my tube which couldnt be fixed with pitstop etc. so hosited the bike on my shoulder and ran till I could find a mechanic…only solution was duck tape around the rim/tube, more pitstop and about 20 psi so I could wobble the 7km down the road to switch out wheels. Decided to stop “racing” at that point and just soak up the atmosphere of the biggest triathlon crowd in the world. Stopped in t2 for a feed, actually used toilets, walked the aid stations, smiled and waved – had a ball – couldn’t be happier
Craig Toh 13.24
Another full IM distance race in the bank.. Was a bummer to get GI issues and not do as well as I hoped to do and after training so hard.. gave up ‘racing’ during the marathon and just soaked up the atmosphere. The crowd and volunteers were phenomenal and they are the real heroes of the race standing in the hot sun and cheering us on. Happy to make new friends before and during the race as well as finally meeting up some members of Team MaccaX. This is why I love this sport
“Not my day. Ended after the swim and 60some miles on the bike. Had 2 flats and the seat post clamp failed so I couldn’t really sit for about twenty miles. Messed up my hip some. But even without the bike mechanical issues it would have been a rough time to finish in time. I just didn’t have the training for those hills. Had my best swim time time ever though so I was hoping for a good day. It was an incredible experience though. I’ll be back in a few years to finish this one! Thank you for the support and encouragement. It means a lot to me. And the opportunity, Roth is everything the say it is…and the Solar Hill crowd is unbelievable. If you ever thought about long distance, Roth should be on your list! I’ll do a more detailed report later when things quiet down some. My family and I actually had a pretty bad event last week that for personal reasons I won’t go in to, so much that I almost canceled this trip but focus on Roth and getting away from home was just what we needed. So thank you for that too.”
Craig Willows-Keetley – 14.57, Cory Spooner 14.37, Stuart Gray 14.32
Craig’s race report:
4.2km…whoops, i think i need to learn to swim in straight lines
T1 i took my time to get some food, the volunteers came and put sunscreen on me, but the missed most of my arms and legs
Bike – 6:57.02
For the first 6 hours of the bike i was dealing with some pretty bad abdominal cramping, consequently i couldn’t get in any of my nutrition, this combined with the heat and strong winds that didn’t seem to let up until about the 150km mark had me considering pulling the pin from about 100km into the bike. Had to walk a couple of the aid stations, which i have never had to do before.
T2 – again took my time made sure to get the sunscreen applied really well this time, got some food in.
Run – 6:09.50
Had nothing left for the run after the bike,i saw Lucy WK at the start of the run and said to her “never again”, found a couple of MaccaX team mates and we walked for most of the first 20km, then we decided from there we would walk 1km run 1km to the end, stopping at every aid station to use the portaloo.
Well outside of my goal time, got there in the end and glad i didn’t pull the pin, a lot of lessons from the race, and a sore body today.
“Thanks for all those that were following me and supporting me from all over the globe and thanks to Cory and Stuart for helping me get across the line when things were getting tough”
“And Triman Jack 1st dnf. Collaspsed at t2 spend 50 minutes in medical then thought I’ll give the run a crack. Passed out at 31kms and got evacuated. 3 bags later I’m good. I left it all out there but shattered I didn’t finish. Oh well you win some you lose some. Congrats to all above who finished. Tough day”
“I was really proud too – to be a part of the team. And I was really happy to meet some MaccaX team members in real life. last few days i’ll never forget! Thank you all! “
Monica Haydock 10.58
Here’s an excerpt from Monica’s race report – you can read the full report here.
The swim went quite well. I didn’t get kicked in the face or swum over. At one stage I clashed arms with someone in a green swim cap from the previous wave. “Wait a minute, weren’t there only pros in front of me? How well am i swimming?! Oh no, also the 65 year old men…” Then I felt like a real bully. I wished the guy a great race and said sorry in my head, and swam past.
I finished up in 1:18. Still, it was sub-1hr20 and I was very happy. I raced up into the change tent and was slightly overwhelmed by how busy and loud it was. But I changed quickly and headed out to pick up my bike.
Onto the bike and I was greeted by HUGE cheers. Then I realized they were for a man just in front of me, cycling his disabled son, not me. I wished them a great race and took off……Anyone who has cycled hills with me knows I am not a great descender, with my hands constantly on the brakes. But in a race, I overcome my fears and I flew down the hill to bring my time back up. Unfortunately around the 60km mark my stomach started cramping up. I’m not sure what caused it, but it felt like hands were wringing out my stomach. Not good, but hey, I still had four hours to cycle, so I figured it would calm down. I stayed off the nutrition as long as I felt was possible, hoping sticking to water would help the stomach. It didn’t.
As I started my second loop though, I did feel a second wind and took advantage. I was about three minutes off pace, but over 90 km that was not bad.
The wind had really picked up though, so now the continued ascent was tougher – and for most of the rest of the course we faced a headwind. I watched the time carefully, but was still off the pace. The chances of me going under 6 hours were disappearing … would 11 hours still be possible?
Solar Hill. It’s every competitor’s opportunity to feel like they’re in the Tour de France. A relatively short, but steep stretch of hill rises before you, with pedestrians lining the sides, almost touching, only to part as the triathletes come through. They are cheering so much it is deafening. The first round, I tried not to get too caught up, as I know too many stories of people getting too excited and going too hard, only to regret it later. The second time, I really reveled in the moment, a huge smile splitting my face as spectators cheered me on. The emotion hit me – what a fantastic opportunity I had to race this course! Over the hill and to the home stretch. I was relieved when the transition was finally in view and it suddenly it was over … In 6 hours 7 minutes. I stumbled off the bike.
Onto the run course, my legs were wobbly, but not too bad. I looked down at my watch and saw I was doing my half distance pace, about 45 seconds a kilometer too fast. “Slow down!” I instructed myself. “You feel good, but it’s not the plan.” My stomach was still in agony, but I hoped the change of position from bent down on the bike to upright on the run would help. Nope. My thought of taking on my gel had my stomach heaving in addition to the cramps.
A couple of friends from the Macca X community saw me and cheered me on, which helped me ignore the pain for about … twenty seconds.
After about 10km, my cramps still hadn’t subsided, but I was keenly aware of the fact that you can’t run a marathon on no nutrition – especially after 180km on the bike. So at the next aid station, I grabbed a coke.
I was really hitting my stride now, a few seconds per kilometer faster than my goal pace, allowing me to slow to a walk every time I hit an aid station and take in water, one of my salt & electrolyte tablets, and cola.As I approached 30km, I allowed myself to look at my watch and start some calculations. It would be really tight to come in under 11 hours … Did I feel good? Then now was the time to hit the gas.
From kilometer 36 I really started a charge… Winding up the speed to finish as fast as possible. 1km splits: 4:44 … 4:32 … 4:40 … 4:36… 4:35 and 4:56 as I slowed down to high five my excited fiance, and smile and wave to the crowd in appreciation for all the support as I was cheered in across the line … In a time of 10:56:28, buoyed by a marathon time of 3:25. I’m absolutely delighted with the result!
And finally the rest of the results, Volker Stahl 12.04, Anthony Holdsworth 11.41 and Daniela Trinca 12.13
Huge well done to all!