By Ed Cross
Ironman 70.3 Cascais is the first Ironman event in Portugal, situated close to Lisbon, in a beautiful and I think up-market Portuguese resort area. It is likely I suspect to open up a full IM there in the future alongside the half distance race.
The event was overall well managed for a first time race, with one hiccup in that racking was completed on the race morning, as opposed to the day before – they suggested this was due to expected strong winds, these did not materialise, and I suspect was due to teething problems in setting up. Anyway I preferred racking race day!
The sea swim was very flat, within a natural bay, though quite cold – I got an ice cream headache for most of the swim. It had an Australian style exit at about 400/500m which was not really needed, though I still went about as quick as I can for 1.9km at a touch over 36 mins, so didn’t really make any difference. The bike course was very flat for the first 50km, which made for a quick one, but was followed by 25km of hills including a ride around the ex Grand Prix circuit at Estoril (I like this stuff, was an interesting 5km diversion). The final 15km were fast furious firstly down hill followed by a flat wind behind you rush!
Now to the run, which was cited at flat, but was anything but – though I have been injured for the last 12 weeks with an Achilles problem (caused me to only race the Swim and Bike of Challenge Roth back in July) – it added 10 mins to my expected run time. It was very up and down, and caused quite a lot of people to walk some of the hills – but not me ‘cos I am British!
Overall I came 21st in my oldies Age Group (50-54) in 5:27:53. This was from 118 finishers (no idea how many started). And 534 / 1627 total finishers (think 2200 were due to start).
Swim (1.9km) 00:36:23
Bike (90.1km) 02:52:23
T2 (with pee break) 00:05:55
Run (21.1km) 01:47:23
Next up Ironman Italy in 2 weeks