Liz Stewart (45-49) : 6hrs 28 mins 15 secs – 9th out of 17 in age group – 43:22 swim (3rd fastest in age group), bike 3:23:17, run 2:12:01.
Steve O’Reilly (50-54) : 5 hrs 47 min 23 sec – 17th out of 85 in age group – 43:48 swim, 2:54:50 bike, 2:02:27 run.
Steve’s report ( with some editing) :
Swim was hard as I wrestled with about half of the 85 other men in my wave like eels in a bucket for most of the 1900 m.
Bike was okay. Hilly and windy out but a bit of sightseeing on the way in. Mostly a regular highway of occasional white knuckling quality with lots of bike drafting officials out and about but saw no penalties given. There was space to ride and respectful athletes of all ability levels.
The mid day sun is a heat lamp at 10 degrees North of the equator. Thankfully the old city streets of the walled city of Cartagena have shady sections which were a huge relief for the run course . But the race organisation was super with lots of water stops with sponges and ice as well as the usual drinks.
I was happy to finish with a decent placing but questioning whether these hot country races are for me. The South Americans seem unphased by the heat.
Liz had a great run and good swim (3rd in her AG!) but didn’t enjoy the bike so much owing to some cramping issues. (She did loosely try to say it was the new electrolytes I did for her !).
Fantastic place for a holiday. Colombians are lovely people and the food is off the chain amazing! Lots of flights from the US and quite unlike some other less appealing parts of Latin America of which I have visited quite a few.