The latest blog post from Phil Graves as he takes on Ironman Austria.
"I raced Ironman Austria at the weekend and although it was a dissaponting race for me as i was a DNF half way through the run, there were lots of positives I took from it. I love this race, the atmosphere, tens of thousands of spectators, its just amazing! I had good swim, a new Ironman PB for me for 44 minutes for the 3.8km swim and then out on the bike I was patient, sat in the pack and attacked hard with 25km to go and got a huge gap of just under 4 minutes on the guys i had been riding with - I would put a lot if this down to my amazing P5, it was just superb on race day, so fast and aero, I can most definitly say its the most amazing bike i have ever ridden! I rode the last 20km at an average of 49.7kmph and I felt so good coming off the bike, I ran comfortably through the first 10km in the lead until Andreas Ralert (who came second at the World Ironman Champs last year in Hawaii) passed me. I then ran in a comfortable second place with a two minute lead over Maik Twelsig until half way when my legs just became so shot to bits. I had tried to be cautious with my running since Ironman Lanzarote as I didnt want to do too much as it was quite a short turn around, trying to mix recovery from an ironman with training for your next race is very hard, and i think in hindsight I would have done a few half marathons and some longer runs before Austria. Its always very dissapointing to drop out of a race but I felt very comfortable on the run, if I had kept the same pace going I would have run just under 2.55 which I know I am capable of, so I cant wait for the next race!"