As hard as the hype?

Since the blog posted following the Gauntlet on Sunday the results have been published and in summary:

I came 195th out of 274 finishers – they said there were 400 competitors doing it so either 126 DNF’d or they exaggerated on the entry list.

In terms of a breakdown:

Swim 114th

T1 106th

Bike 185th

T2 136th

Run 236th

So a good swim, average bike and disaster for a run. ‘Pleased’ with the fact 79 others were slower than me or I was faster than 79 others.

I have also had some very positive conversations with Mark and there is the strong possibility I still have the after effects of my cold from last week rattling around in me.

I also spoke to a friend who asked me if it was ‘as hard as the hype’. He refered me to a series of blogs on the Tri Talk website and the initial blog is below. It compares the UK 70.3 half race versus the Gauntlet:

Swim
Iron 70.3 – 1 lap, large lake, plenty of space, boisterous field!

Gaunlet – 900m out and back a bit, then 1000 up a narrow, muddy, winding stream!

Bike
Iron 70.3 – 2 laps, 1 big hill, long 14% and 2 sharp 12%ish, rest is undulating, mild hills and part flat

Gauntlet – 2 laps, hill after hill after hill, all approx. 10%, 1 at 12%, but no flat or undulation, just constant up and down sharp hills.

Run
Iron 70.3 – 3 laps, mostly made-up hard packed gravel trail, some grass, some mud, bit of tarmac, 1 short sharp hill, rest either flat or undulating.

Gauntlet – 2 laps, 1 ploughed field, grassy fields, mud tracks, steep bridges, up a steep bank, muddy (#@?#) bridleways, up and down a regular gradual hills

You decide!

Pro winner times 2013 (the winner of Iron 70.3 was in both races)
Iron 70.3 – 4h 20mins
Gauntlet – 4h 40mins

20 mins is a massive difference at the pro end, and equates to over half an hour extra for Joe Average!

Anyone else has an opinion as which of these is harder!!!!
I wouldn’t under estimate either of these middle distance Triathlons!

So it seems I shouldn’t be disappointed with my result – it was a bloody hard race!

Thanks for reading.