Earlier this month Matthew Pears was back in action in another 70.3. Here is what Matt had to say.
“Crossing the finish line at Vietnam 70.3 was probably the best feeling I’ve ever felt crossing a finish line as on this day, I truly thought that it would never come. The day started well. Relatively calm sea for my first non wet suit swim. Started in the fastest pack and after some poor hasslehoff esq water entry running and some hustle and bustle I eventually found some clear water. Felt quite strong and despite not clocking a fast time I was out first in my AG in 27 min , quick run on the beach, through T1 with no issues and out onto the bike course.
and throw the towel in I decided to be content just walking and shuffling my way around the course. The aid stations and volunteers were outstanding. Never chewed on so much ice. Made it across the line after 2hrs 15 mins on the run. Later to find out that around a 1.50 may have taken the AG win. Ice cold beers the perfect recovery drink. Lessons learned and experience in the bank. A summer of run training and I’ll be back”.
“Tough race on Sunday – no rain (unlike Saturday for Tom and Jonnie) but strong winds and heavy currents with more than 150 swimmers pulled out by the lifeguards in various stages of drowning. Happy to be 4th (of 150) out of the water (3 minutes faster than last year despite the conditions.. and even happier to have avoided the jelly fish the size of hub-caps), lost a few places on the bike, regained a couple on the run to finish 6th.
Beer o’clock now and a few recovery days in Japan before back on it for kitzbuhel in a few weeks”.