Another Successful IRONMAN Wales

By Kathryn Slade Ironman Wales

Well it’s been another successful IRONMAN competition. This year four of the Bluestone team took on the challenge and we are very proud to be the employer of four Ironmen! We caught up with Mike and Ian to find out how they found the challenge.

Mike Slack is our Leisure Manager at Bluestone; this was his sixth IRONMAN competition and second of 2016 having competed in Lanzarote in May this year!

“In my experience it was the perfect day. I started out with a fast swim; I was out of the water top of my category and in 17th place overall including the pro athletes. The limited wind on the bike leg meant it was a quick bike too in less than 6 hours which was my second Personal Best of the day. I was hoping for a really good run to finish the day off and up to the 30 kilometre mark (2:47 for 30km) it was all going well, after this the legs went to lead which made the last 12 kilometres tough. This could have been done quicker but that's for another day. I finished IRONMAN Wales 2016 in 11 hours and 35 minutes making it my best time ever and quicker than I compete in Lanzarote.”

Ironman Run

Along with Jack and Rhys, Ian Darbyshire the assistant Manager at the Blue Lagoon took part in his first IRONMAN this year. Ian raised money for MacMillan Cancer Support to thank them for looking after his dad and in memory of his mother-in-law and has already raised over £2000.

“18/09/16 22:45 I’m lying in the finisher’s tent getting a deep muscle massage in agony thinking I’m never doing that again!

19/09/16 04:00 I lay wide awake on cloud nine as the achievement of what I have just done sinks in. In a daze staring at my St David’s lodge ceiling I think I need to do it again to prove to myself I can do a better time! It was an adrenaline filled day full of mental battles with myself; pushing and pushing, putting nine months worth of training into motion. To hit that magic red carpet with all four marathon bands on your vein popping, dehydrated and hungered body is just euphoria. To have pain in places you never knew existed instantly leave your body and this rush of emotion to hit you like an 8ft wave is indescribable. As I shuffle down the finisher’s line feeling delirious with friends and family shouting my name instantly seem insignificant when you hear the magical words. Over the PA system like I’m the only person in Tenby and nothing else matters the deep Australian voice of Pete Kaye echoes ‘IAN... YOU ARE AN IRONMAN’. I’ve never been so happy to see a lump of metal around my neck. Bar my wedding day and the birth of my daughter, it was the 3rd best day of my life!”

Ironman Cycle

We think you’ll agree that our Ironmen all did brilliantly! There is plenty more for them to train for as the event has been confirmed for September 10th 2017. Furthermore, IRONMAN and Pembrokeshire County Council are working together on a contract to keep the event in the county until 2021 if it is successful which would be its 10th anniversary. 

Ironman Evening

If you feel inspired and want to compete in IRONMAN Wales next year why not book a break at Bluestone so that you can head back to luxury accommodation after hearing the words... YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!

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Ironman Wales 2016

It’s all happening in Pembrokeshire this September! For the second weekend in a row the county is hosting a global sporting phenomenon.