Mission accomplished, I can say now that I am an Ironman!
The marathon at the end wasn't very pretty but the other parts went well.
No need to describe the difficulties of the race, QB did an excellent job last year and you can always read his blog.
The day started well with a calm and warm sea. The 3.8 km leg of the swim was slow but this was expected. My goal was to finish in about 1:30 and be fresh at the end. It's exactly what happened (1:28).
Up I went with the 180 km bike ride. I wanted to somewhat take it easy to keep some strength for the run but of course I didn't do that.
My time was 6:05 (almost 30/hour average with over 2000 m climb in scorching heat (32 Celsius and not a lot of shade). I passed over 900 participants in the process.
When I started the 42 km run (4 loops) my legs where amazingly good but the heat started to get the best of me. The two first loops went fine but after that, my stomach refused to ingest any food or drink and I felt like vomiting at every step and also felt dizzy. So I walked the entire 3rd loop and felt at my worst.   I regained a bit of strength for the final loop and finished with a sprint but the damage was done (5:55).
With two 10 mn transition the total time was 13h 49mn (over 1 hour more that I had anticipated) but other than some blisters under my feet I felt quite good at the end.
For the record, the winner, a Belgian named Frederik Van Lierde finished in 8:21:51 (new race record) with a 39 km/h average in the bike segment!!!
Now I can enjoy one more week of real vacation including wine at meals and look forward to riding with you guys again.
I hope that the few of you who participated in the Welland half ironman did well Sunday.

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Comment by DY on June 25, 2012 at 6:15am
Thanks for sharing!
Comment by qb on June 25, 2012 at 11:21am

Charles Robba, you are now an IRONMAN!! The best sounds to be heard anywhere. That is a tough race - one that the world champion Chris McCormack has shied away from because the bike is too tough!

Great work Charles, make sure you get that finishing certificate framed!

Comment by Jeff N on June 25, 2012 at 12:19pm

Congratulations Ironman Charles, great job on the home course. 

Comment by Mel on June 25, 2012 at 12:58pm

Wow, congratulations!

Comment by Paul McKeever on June 25, 2012 at 5:08pm
Awesome job, Charles! With the way you were riding leading up to the race, it‘s no surprise that you obliterated the bike portion. Enjoy the much more relaxed part of your trip.
Comment by Peter Cahill on June 25, 2012 at 5:46pm

Bravo Charles! What a feeling that must have been crossing that finish line. Now you can savour your remaining time at home.

Comment by Alexx Hooper on June 25, 2012 at 6:05pm

Charles, sounds like the swim was actually enjoyable, and you KILLED the bike! I wish you'd felt better for the run. Truly amazing to have accomplished an ironman! Congratulations, and enjoy the rest of your vacation. Have some champagne and imagine us all "cheers"-ing you!

Comment by Paul van Dongen on June 26, 2012 at 12:29am

Felicitations, M. Robba. Vous êtes un Ironman. And in that heat, way to finish.

Comment by Steve Wolowich on June 26, 2012 at 11:48am

Yes congrats Charles. Enjoy and celebrate your success!

Comment by Dave Ogilvie on June 26, 2012 at 1:39pm

Great work and congratulations Charles- you're a certified ironman!  Hope you're enjoying some of that great wine on a patio somewhere- see you on the road soon!  

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