Andrew Raynor Dover
Laura Nadeau raced her first Ironman this weekend at Ironman Phillipines in Subic Bay. A sweltering race of 40 degree heat high winds and hilly course. If you ever want to test yourself against the elements, and make Kona feel like a breeze this is the event for that!
This was Laura’s debut in the lead up to the big dance in Hawaii, the Ironman World Championships in October. Laura’s training has been exceptional. I knew we were going into the race without a stone unturned, but as this is Laura’s first attempt who knew what was going to be thrown at her?
We were both nervous and excited to see her finally put all that hard work into practice. In the days leading up to race, I wanted to send some much needed words of wisdom. So, instead of giving her what speeds to ride, pace to run etc, I reached out to old coachie Sutto to give me the right words to send to Laura. As I suspected, those words were simple and perfect.
“Forget numbers….hydrate, eat and run slower then slow! This race is a sauna!”
Laura executed this race to perfection. A few key sessions into the lead up of the race gave Laura the confidence she needed. I knew we were going to see something special, but only if she stayed controlled, listened to old Sutto’s advice and raced within herself, and stuck to her nutrition plan. All those working for her, Laura had a great swim, stomping bike and just a great run. Laura said she felt great the whole way! This is what I wanted to hear!
Laura crossed the line with 1st place in 35-39 age category in a time of 10h35m – 20mins faster then her nearest rival, 2nd Age Grouper overall and 7th female to cross the line (including Pros.)
Now back to the grind to prepare for Kona! Congratulations Laura and Team, a very well deserved result. So much time effort and commitment from yourself, your family and friends has gone into ensuring your success, and you 100% deserve this result.