As this was first ever Bearman Xtri race to be held, I thought I would jot down my thoughts on paper, for those who might be interested in doing it in the future . They will be opening up registration in the next couple of months and as it was seen as such a success, and only limited to 200, it could sell out quite quickly . I would definitely recommend as a alternative to Ironman Barcelona, its close enough to Spain. I warn you its long, but then again it was a very long race.
Great report, Lisa, but I'm not sure that you've conveyed the challenge adequately! All joking aside, I can add little to Lisa's report except to say that I had never trained as hard and as consistently for a race before and thank goodness I had. Long, long, LONG, hills with hairpin descents (admittedly I love descents).
The swim was the most enjoyable IM swim that I've ever done. Pitch dark, and after an initial collective confusion as to the direction to take, the most relaxing swim ever.
The bike was an exercise in patience and pacing; neither a particular strength of mine. The hill training through every Wicklow hill John Baugh could find, paid off and I felt stronger as the day went on.
The run, mostly in the dark, suited me as no one could see my suffering!
I enjoyed the entire experience immensely. I can honestly say that after 3 Ironman races, 5 ½IM races and now this Extreme Ironman race, that the Bearman was my favourite of all.
Congratulations Lisa on your podium finish. You are far too modest in your race report. It was an extraordinary result on a day when just to finish was a substantial achievement.