Alan Potts race report – Boulder Ironman 70.3

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Alan Potts shown with his 2018 Boulder Ironman 70.3 finisher medal

Alan Potts provides  interesting insights into just how injury, the elements and mechanical difficulties can conspire to make an already difficult challenge alot worse !

Alan finished 32nd in the 35-39 age group in 5 hrs 15 mins 13 seconds with splits of

Swim : 39:17    Bike  2:35:12 (puncture)  Run : 1:54:23

Well done Alan !

RACE REPORT :

I entered  Boulder 70.3 having recovered from injury just hoping to be able to complete the distances again. It’s been a few years since my last 70.3 in Switzerland.
I am limited to which events I can go to as they have to be in school holidays but the lure of racing in the “home of triathlon” was very appealing and I didn’t think the effects of altitude would be too bad. I was sadly mistaken on that point. Although the swim course was great, nice and simple, flat water and never having to look into the sun, I found oxygen very hard to come by. I had been out the day before so having to work for the breath on every stroke was thankfully not a surprise on race day. Next time I will need to go a bit earlier and acclimatize!
I loved the bike course, super fast, smooth tarmac, some nice scenery and long straight sections to really settle into a nice rhythm, I had plenty of people to pass and was flying until I got my first ever puncture in competition. This added 10 minutes to my time but with the aid of some very friendly and helpful locals I was back on my way without too much fuss.
The run was tough. It was hot! I thought I had got my hydration right on the bike but by the time the first aid station was coming up I was desperate for the fluids. Unfortunately I took on too much and spent the next 10 km paying for it!! It was a nice course around the Boulder reservoir, mainly on gravel paths with only gentle rises, not much shade though so nowhere to escape the heat. This took its toll and I struggled to keep a decent pace. A lack of run training over the last couple of years through injury meant I did not have the strength I wanted over this distance and had to settle for a slower time than I wanted. I will take encouragement though from the number of people that resorted to walking a lot of it, due in no small part to the heat, at least I pushed on and kept the legs turning to run!
I loved the town of Boulder, such a beautiful place to visit and a trip out into the national park and up Boulder creek the day after the race really showed off the area. It was a very well run event that I would happily recommend to anyone thinking of doing it. Just be prepared for that altitude to have an effect.

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