As you will all know Ed Cross loves his Traithlon, but he has just been given some great news from Ironman, I will leave it to his words to describe all…..
“Funny how things change, when I raced in the half Ironman in Turkey back at the end of October I came away feeling disappointed, I swam well, rode ok, then had a disappointing run, I had hoped to run 1:35 for the 21km, but my legs refused to keep up at about 13/14km, and I had to grind out the last 7 or 8 km with very gritted teeth. Finishing the run in 1:45. I was also disappointed as I had felt I could get into the mix, but the competition from across Europe and wider afield was very strong. I spoke to Harry and he gave me great advice, and in essence asked me how I would respond; this boiled down to rise to the challenge and learn from the experience. I did learn from it, and realised that by working hard and showing more grit I can improve.
Anyway I got an email from Ironman yesterday telling me that I was bronze in their all world athlete ranking for my age group (top 10%), this is calculated by taking your best three results. I only did two races and secured 5515 points, putting me 24th in the UK from 460 Brits and 427th in the World from 8362 athletes. This placed me inside the top 5.1% – and just 6 or 7 places off silver. I am really chuffed by this, all the more so as I do not come from an athletics background, having played mainly racket or team sports in the past. It really shows what you can achieve through training and commitment, and I am really surprised, as well as proud of where I have got to.”
Well done Ed from all at Parogon.