Mallorca Ironman 70.3
Boston Triathlons Katie Ball travelled out to the Balearic island of Mallorca last weekend to compete in the IRONMAN 70.3 Mallorca.
The course took athletes on a tour of the island, starting in the town of Alcúdia. The 1.9km sea swim was in the waters of the Port d’Alcúdia beach, the one loop bike course of 90km took cyclists into the Tramuntana Mountains up to the Lluc Sanctuary and across some of the inlands emblematic towns before heading back to Port d’Alcúdia and transition to the 21.1km run along the Alcúdia Bay.
With 4000 athletes and over 500 women IRONMAN 70.3 Mallorca represented one of the toughest courses and fields Katie had faced to date.
Neptune was kind and provided near perfect sea conditions for the swim, combined with a great line, cutting close to the marker bouys meant Katie left the water having achieved a PB for the distance. The bike was into the mountains felt great but was as tough as expected. The decent practice earlier in the season paying dividends on the return leg back to Port d’Alcúdia. The run always her strongest discipline, saw Katie make up several places along the three loops of Alcúdia Bay. Katie finished an impressive 6th in her age group (F25-29) and 36th female overall with a time of 5 hours 14 minutes.
Sunday 12th May had the Boston Triathlon club head to the seaside for the SBR organised Skegness Triathlon. The event, hosted at the home of Skegness Triathlon, took place in and around Fresh Fitness at Richmond Holiday Park in the town.
Part of the Lincolnshire Triathlon Series, along with Grantham and Louth Triathlon, the Skegness Tri has always been popular with Boston Triathlon club. This year seven athletes made the trip to the coast along with the very enthusiastic, and loud support crew.
All seven took part over the sprint distance, starting in the the Fresh Fitness pool for the 25m swim, exiting across a short grass run to T1 and the start of the bike leg which saw athletes on an 18km “there and back” ride to the Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve, returning to the holiday park for the transition to the run element, a 5km trail run through the Skegness Eco Coastal Centre.