Mostly good news as we reached the halfway stage , having completed 12 miles of swimming , 560 miles cycling and 131 miles running. For the first km of the swim, I was still feeling rough but then got into a rhythm tofinish in 52 mins 50 , covering the last 100 lenghts side by side with Harold Oswald of Austria . The bike ride from the pool in Enna to the circuit is 4.3 miles and includes a lengthy ascent , followed by a high speed descent into Pergusa and the motor racing circuit . Each lap is just over 3 miles , so we have to do 35 laps to make up the 112 mile distance. The track is approximately the width of a 3 lane motorway and our service area is in the ‘pits’ of the circuit. Today I was lapping in just under 10 minutes at an average speed of 18.5 mph . I took the planned 15 minute break at 80 miles . I ran the first half of the marathon today in 2.15 and total of 4.55 . We’ve not yet seen today’s results but we think I was 3rd fastest and may have moved up a couple of places . Various ailments are now inevitably appearing for many competitors and 2 more people have dropped out today .We also had another storm — Today I timed it perfectly as I completed the bike and rode into the garage– seconds later enormous hailstones were once again bouncing down .
A race like this can only be taken day by day . There is no point racing . It’s vital to just concentrate on your own speed and see what happens . Previous race leader Arnold Wiegand had a tough day today and dropped back to third . Anything can happen .
brilliant work by Sam yet again today. He’s a star . Many thanks for the continued messages . The support really helps