Its been a while since we sat down and got a blog on the go. 2018 was a super busy summer for Team Brems, but it’s now time to get 2019 ramped up, and plans are being laid down and training is well underway to take us through to the summer season.
Looking back on 2018 we had some great trips for races:
- IM Mallorca 70.3
- IM Edinburgh 70.3
- IM 70.3 World Championships (Port Elizabeth, South Africa)
- IM Barcelona
Getting to the 70.3 World Championships in September for the second time was amazing. We had a great trip the year before to the same event in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The the championships are on a global rotation, so this year it was South Africa, neither of us had been before so it was a bit of a trip into the unknown. But with all things ironman whole spectacle of the World Championships is really impressive. The trip did have a sour point however due to luggage (and bike) not arriving on our flight and add to that some inclement weather.
Harrison got to do his Ironkids race again, we had registered Harrison knowing that he would be the youngest one taking part by quite a stretch. His group had to complete an 800m (1/2 Mile) loop, Julie was allowed to run alongside him for the majority of it. However he had to go down the finishing chute on his own, probably a 100m or so. We were doubtful that he would be able to do this seeing as ehe had only turned two in March. Worst case however we could’ve pulled him out if he got upset. Like all things Ironman the start of the race was set up with music pumping and the race MC on the loudspeaker. They even had Ironman royalty in Dave Scott, Mark Allen and Paul Newby-Fraser (google them) taking the kids on a little warm up before the start. Pretty sure none of them had a clue about the Iron War (Again, Google). But the parents got a kick out of them being there.
Julie and Harrison took off in the race, running the first 700m together before we had to get out of the way for the final finishing chute. The finishing chute at an Ironman can be intimidating enough for adults with all the people, big screens and MCs on the speakers, let alone for a 2 year old. We were quite apprehensive and ready to pull him out as soon as it looked like he was upset. It turns out he just sauntered down, taking it all in. With the MC Paul Kaye (Voice of Ironman Europe) eventually taking his hand and running the final 50m or so. Safe to say we were super proud.
Once he had milked the finish area getting is new medal to add to his collection. We were reunited, the staff were amazing in looking after the kids and taking them out to us. Harrisons only problem now is that his medal rack in his bedroom has one empty slot and he keeps asking for another medal…..That came in later on.
Once of the cool things with the 70.3 World Champs is that they split the men’s and women’s races over the two days. This allowed us to watch some of the women’s pro race on the Saturday morning. In particular the battle between the Daniella Ryf, the current Ironman World Champion and last year runner up Lucy Charles from the UK. As we waited for the leading pair to finish their bike leg the atmosphere was building and building as we could see the TV helicopters getting closer. When they arrived there was literally seconds between them and they were close to 10 minutes in front of 3rdplace. Once on the run Ryf began to open up a gap on the second lap and eventually won by quite a margin. It was amazing to see these elite athletes up close, like every sport when you see the best competing they make it look so easy. Their running style was effortless
The season ended for me at Barcelona in October with my second full distance race. I was often told that your second full distance is tougher than your first. Even though I bettered my time by almost 30 mins I suffered for very long stretches on the bike and the run. Second half of the bike I paid the price for not taking on enough nutrition. Starting the run I had turned the corner and was feeling good again and got through the first 25K with very little issue. Then bang! Everything began to hurt badly and it was a case of just getting to the end. Lots of learning to take into 2019.
Highlight of the year was seeing Mrs B take to this madness with ease. Even getting a couple podiums in some of our events here in Aberdeenshire. 2019 has an exciting first half to the year as she prepares for her first 70.3 race in May. She is now a few months into her training program with Total Endurance which is going really well and should take her to Mallorca in great condition to race. We’re all really looking forward to getting out there for some sunshine, and myself taking up the support role this time around. I and H will ready to shout mummy home!
We have already got our first race of the year done, we both took part in the annual Detox 10K at Lumphanan on the 2ndof January. It was a stunning frosty bluebird day, with close to 500 runners. With all these local event there was a fantastic atmosphere. We both did well and are super pleased with our times. Especially considering this was Julie’s first ever running event.
Hope you have all got your 2019 plans ready?
Will try and share our journey through 2019 as much as we can.