January 9 – The day after !

Well I did it. 6 hours 36 minutes and 55 seconds officially. I have to say I felt most them too.
But there is a tremendous sense of achievement for having completed the distance.
There were times when you just thought “I can’t go on” but you somehow dig a bit deeper and before you know it how the rhythm has returned and you’re away again.
I was glad to finish the swim because that is always the most nervous part of the race with the mass start and the water being like a washing machine. But I was comfortably under the hour – well by a few minutes – and the bike went well. The wind direction was helpful, with the easterly helping on the way back to the Mount from Papamoa.
The run was a battle and my legs never really kicked out of low gear. But thank goodness for the water stations and the flat Coke that was on hand at the feed stations for the second lap of the run.
I have to say also that the support from friends and family, and from the general public was just sensational. Despite me wearing headgear and sunglasses for all of the bike and the run, many people on the side of the road recognised me and there seemed a constant chorus of “go Pete” from the side of the road. All of which was rather embarrassing but very encouraging.
I must also thank the many people who have donated through this website and through cheques and cash. We are well over $7000 now, and I’ll be delighted to hand that money over to Look Good Feel Better in a short time. Yvonne and her team from LGBF were down here yesterday cheering me on, and that was fantastic also.
My contribution to the cause is that I’ll pay the Paypal commission, meaning every cent of your donation will go the cause.
We’ll offer a few more thoughts in the next few days, but this has been one of life’s most rewarding experiences – the training process, the event itself, the charity cause and the publicity associated with it – has been a real privilege to do.
As yet I haven’t decided if I’ll do this Half Ironman again, but speaking on the day after, the odds are not great ! However, as the kilos pile on in the next few months, who knows what I might be motivated to do!

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