Arrived at Costa Teguise at lunch time and got settled in. Got my bike out of it’s box ( it survived the flight) and built it up. Took it out for a 10 mile ride then straight into a 4 mile run to meet the others at the food shops
Over to Club La Santa to register. Got my ruck sack with all bags and numbers, go to race briefing, rack my bike and hang up my kit bags. OK! So it’s tomorrow.
Up at 05:00 Porridge for breakfast, shower, race kit on and drive over to Club La Santa. Wet suit on and walk down to the start. Into the lake for a swim to loosen up. OH MY GOD, silt up over my ankles and the SMELL! Rotten eggs (nice?).
Race start 08:00: Claxon to start and we’re off. Not a nice BLUE salt water lake but BLACK SMELLY salt water lake churned up by 700+ competitors. 1.2 miles later just a short jog up to transition. Wetsuit off, helmet and sunglasses on and a quick spay of factor 50. Grab my bike, jog over start mat and jump on my bike. I’m on the floor with blood pouring from both knees – I DIDN’T GET MY LEG OVER!!!! Bad start in front of loads of spectators. Try again and make it this time.
The wind is in my face and its uphill, that’s the way to start. Road surface good, overtaking loads of people. Turn left it’s false flat up. OK, so who’s turned the wind? Long drag up to Teguise and turn right downhill 38 mph. Legs just turning over. Turn left up hill, who’s moved the wind again? Lots of ups and downs on this section. It’s a long haul across the Island to the start of Tabayesco Climb 12 km at 6% average. Met up with guy in the same age group as me and chatted most of the way up. Don’t know how as he was Spanish and his English was worse than my Spanish. It’s all downhill (HA). This is more like it- 49.2 mph. Oh no! HAIRPIN bend at the bottom, Work brakes please! Just keep pedaling now with ups and downs all the way to Club La Santa and into the stadium to rack my bike. That’s 56 miles done, helmet off, mitts off, trainers and hat on. Another quick spray factor 50. Lovely temperature about 28 deg C.
Out of the stadium to start 13.1 miles of running. There’s Margaret – quick kiss and see you soon.
Downhill, oh I don’t like this! My feet are really painful. Next bit is flat and I managed to hobble along here into La Santa village. Uphill round a corner and there’s the turn round point that I walk around. The pressure on my feet was murder but I start running (loose interpretation).
Feed station – grab some red bull (didn’t give me wings) cold sponges and water. Back down the hill onto flat. There’s another feed station – grab some coke, cold sponges and water. Uphill into the stadium. First arm band – only need two more. There’s Margaret – kiss for her. She’s with my sister and two friends. Just got to run that again twice (it was nothing like running). Into the stadium and collect last arm band with just 100 metres to go.
Under the finish arch 6hrs 43mins 34secs!!! “You’ve done it. Well done Geoff!”- the compere shouts. WOW that’s two hard races in 4 weeks .
Now comes the really hard part! Collecting all the sponsorship money! With everybody’s fantastic support, I should have raised £1800+ this year.
Thanks very much from myself and Herts MS Therapy Centre.