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Dean Kirkham at Challenge Weymouth!

Dean Kirkham at Challenge Weymouth!

So, my last event before the Ironman World Champs at Kona: a 6hr drive to take part in the new Challenge UK Weymouth!

I had switched to the half Ironman distance as Kona is only 4 weeks away. Weymouth is a very cool place and the course looked great, but things were different on Sunday morning itself… there was a huge swell in the bay and the swim start was delayed by nearly an hour so the organisers could adjust the course. Now you can either panic about nutrition and hydration etc. or simply accept it and relax. So I put me feet up and relaxed!

My swim start came. The swell was still big and you could see the first wave swimming all over the place - this was gonna be fun. I’m not the fastest of swimmers but I don’t mind large waves and chaos in the water. It seemed to take ages to get to first buoy but as soon as you turned to head back to shore you could feel the current pushing you back and in no time I was back on the beach and getting ready for lap two.

On to the bike leg. 56 miles on an undulating course - definitely not flat with 3,381ft of climbing, but potentially fast. I rode the first 12 tough, then settled into a rhythm for 20 miles and picked the pace up towards the finish. The final 10miles were flat & fast.. perfect for the Planet X Exocet 2! Bike done in 2hrs 32mins.

The Run – 13.1miles. The plan was to run hard from the beginning and then hold on to the finish. The course was 2 1/2 laps along the beach front of Weymouth, the weather was great and the route was plan flat! The nutrition stations had everything you’d need to stay hydrated & fuelled. Run done in 1hr 22mins

Overall Finish - 7th! Not bad considering I’d not rested and stuck to my normal training plan this week.

Well done to Dean, things are looking good for Kona on October 11th! We'll keep you posted with Kona updates from all our competing athletes in the coming weeks!

22 September 2014