On Sunday September 25th, our instructor Diana Galosi completed her third Ironman 70.3! We asked her to share a little bit about the event and her experiences with training and the event itself, and here’s what she had to say.
“This race was my third Ironman 70.3, with my last full Ironman completed on December 4th in 2016. The Ironman 70.3 is a different race [to a full Ironman], not as brutal yet challenging enough- especially when you haven’t trained like I used to! However, my base fitness let me believe that I could take on this race even with three weeks of training. I knew I could handle the swim [of] 1.9km (40 min) and I knew I could cycle on my tri bike for 90km (this time took me 10 minutes longer than last time), to a total of 3 hours 20 minutes. The funny bit is I haven’t ridden my tri bike outdoors since 2016 in my last full Ironman… but it was like ‘riding a bike’!
I took my time in transition as it was a cool morning, so I took m time in putting on my base layer Lycra, arm warmers and gilet. I loved the bike ride, the road was great with not too many potholes and a stunning blue sky surrounded by the Blue Mountains. The run was rather challenging, especially the first 6km, but again I took my time in the transition to make sure I’d be comfortable with the half marathon. Since I hadn’t practiced a brick session at all (a bike ride followed immediately by a run) I kinda thought I could jus give it a go and see what happened. Because I only did training runs of 10km lengths, after 6km I started to feel the blood circulating and felt stronger bit by bit. I used all the available aid stations to ensure my hydration was up, and kept my body temperature cooled with ice handed out.
The best thing about my race was my husband, daughter and friends cheering for me, and I got lots of hugs from my daughter along the way (which probably cost me 6min of my running time, but it was the best run I did with the most enjoyment!). The run took me 2h and 20 minutes, about 21 minutes longer than my previous races, however it was the best run I had in a while.
Since I had no expectations and I had nothing prove I could really enjoy this race. Going through postpartum, knowing how it feels to do a race of this calibre before giving birth to my child, having pretty much no time to train (or not like I used to before) I can say I’m happy I did it. And I am happy to say to all women out there, especially mums, if you have given birth and had a labour of 47 hours, an Ironman is nothing to compare!
I loved it and was smiling all the way – I was back at my happy place.”
We want to offer a huge congratulations to Diana, and a thank you for sharing your story with us! Has she inspired you to give an Ironman a go?
Photo: Photos of Diana throughout the race, receiving hugs from her daughter all the way. Plus a cameo of DSS swimmer Nick Noble alongside Diana in the swim! PC: Diana Galosi
Some parts of the above story from Diana have been edited minimally.