Ironman 70.3 South Africa 2015


Pictures can tell a thousand words, thanks Chris Hitchcock for capturing the day.

Paul Ingpen: Oh faak, those saffas aren't here to lose! #wilddogs

Paul Ingpen: Oh faak, those saffas aren’t here to lose! #wilddogs

Ready to step into the ring. The picture above sums up my intent leading into 70.3 South Africa, Stuart Marais had the same goal in mind apparently.

Swim Exit

After a pretty rough 1.9km’s, Stu, Kyle and myself came out the water together with a 2min lead over the chasing pack, which included former Duathlon World champ and 2013 IM70.3 SA winner Bart Aernouts. Better keep charging…

Bike

After swapping the lead for the first 30km’s. I went to the front and stayed there for the rest of the bike, focussing on keeping the pace honest and trying to hold off the fast running Europeans behind us.

Run

Stuart and I got off the bike together, and the foot race was on. After a pretty impressive kick by Stu in the opening few kilometers, I stayed just in front of him and tuned in to keeping a good rhythm and maintainable pace.

Red Carpet

Going up Bunkers Hill for the second time with around 6km to go, I eventually managed to get a small break and worked hard to extend it from there.

Finish

Greeted at the finish by my fiance Nicole, none of it would be possible without her continued support as well as that of my sponsors. T3 Multisport, Red Bull, Huub, Falco and Darkhorse Wheels.

Thanks as well to my coach Brett Sutton, it was a great build up to the race and a fantastic way to start 2015. I couldn’t be happier with the result. My next race is the African Champs- Ironman South Africa on 29 March.

 

 

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