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David Mainwaring's Ironman 70.3 Race Report

Coached by HPT Coach Pete and Sponsored by Caden Wheels David Mainwaring had a breakthrough win against a well credentialed field on Sunday.

Here is his race report: 

Coming into Western Sydney I was pretty confident of a good result as my training numbers had been really strong since my 2nd place in Challenge Forster 3 weeks ago. It was an early start with the gun to go off at 6am but we were greeted with the ideal racing conditions. I have been working on my swim for the last month which was rewarded with myself exiting at the back of the main lead pack.

Onto the bike I was in the pre race plan position I wanted thanks to my improved swim. There was a pack of about 7 of us with 3 guys out in front. The pace was solid for the first lap but we started to lose some decent time to the 2 leaders. Onto the 2nd lap I moved to the front to share the workload with Matthew Pellow to try to limit the time loss to the leaders. I was confident in my running ability but didn't want to give the leaders anymore than 3 1/2 min lead off the bike. We finished the bike with the group still intact with a split time of 2hrs 7min 7 secs.

As we went onto the run we had a deficit of approximately 3min 40secs to make up. I was feeling quite strong as I set off on the pursuit of the 2 leaders while also trying to gap a couple of the athletes I felt were the greatest threat in my group (Berkel and Kastelein). Through 5km I saw I had gapped everyone who I was riding with and was making up some good time on the 2 leaders. 

This gave me a boost of confidence and the thought that I could win this race. I ran into 2nd place not long after but it took me until about 18km until I caught the leader Montgomery. The last 3km hurt like hell as I was starting to struggle but knew i couldn't throw this opportunity away. It wasn’t until the last 500m that I was confident that I had the win and could enjoy the moment. I came across the finish line in a course record time of 3hrs 48min 23secs with the fastest run time of the day of 1hr 12min 39secs.

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I’m absolutely stoked to win my first Ironman 70.3 and hopefully this is just the start of many more to come.

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My next race is Ballarat 70.3 in 2 weeks where I'm planning to try to repeat this result. I can’t thank my coach Pete Clifford enough with his help over past 3 months since we started working together and of course my sponsors who provide me with the best gear possible, without it none of this would be possible.

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Text: David Mainwaring

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