Before I go into details about this race, let me remind you – that 4 years ago I did a marathon in Bremen – but had not trained properly, barely finished it (just below 5h) and was so exhausted I slept for 2 days in a hotel afterwards. And did not run at all for at least 6 months after so much suffering.
So when I started training for Ironman 70.3 – I was aware it will be much harder than a marathon, and I need to be serious about preparing. This time I trained for 10 months, sometimes up to 10 times per week (3 run, 3 bike, 3 swim, 1 strength) and did a bike training camp in Mallorca in April.
My goal was to beat the average finish time – for an average Ironman 70.3 race it is about 6 hours, but the average time for Mallorca race in 2013 was 5h39min according to RunTri analysis. Taking into account that the weather can get very hot and bike route is not an easy one with a 850m climb, my guess is that competition in Mallorca is tougher than in other races.