Belvoir Tri Club’s long distance specialists got to stretch their legs in the Outlaw Triathlon Ironman at Nottingham on Sunday.
And for the club’s Ove Andresen, it was his attempt at the distance and so nerves played a big part.
A sell-out field of 1,450 triathletes took to the start line at Holme Pierrepont, ready for the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile cycle and 26.2-mile marathon run.
In order to become an ‘Outlaw’, Ove would need to complete the event in 17 hours or less.
He decided to try and start the swim at the back of the pack to avoid the usual kicking and pushing. Despite swallowing water several times and cramping up, Ove managed to finish the first leg of the race in 1hr 19min 44sec, 12th in his 55-59 age group.
The second leg was the one that caused Ove most concern and he took time in transition to make sure he was comfortable with his clothing prior to mounting his bike.
Ove said: “The bike ride had been my biggest worry through my training, but once I got going I felt really good and my speed was much better than anticipated.
“There were literally hundreds of supporters lining the road in Car Colston, so going through there was a real motivator.”
He finished the bike leg in 6:38:27, dropping him to 18th in his age group.
Ove said the final run, including four laps of the rowing lake at Holme Pierrepont, was “amazing” but ended up being slower than he had hoped for in 4:54:43.
He said: “Being in such a relatively confined space, the support from the crowds was incredible. There were people encouraging us everywhere.”
Despite his run being slower than he would have liked, Ove still gained five places in his age group with an overall time of 13:18:02 to become an ‘Outlaw’.
Also taking part was clubmate Wayne Hackett who finished in a total time of 12:23:46, good enough for 97th in his 40-44 age group.