Team Fitique take on Majorca’s Ironman competition
Team Fitique from Alresford take 3rd place in the Women’s Team event in Majorca’s Ironman last weekend.
You would be forgiven for thinking that entering an event in Majorca in May would mean good weather. Sadly not- whilst the UK basked in hot sunshine, they had clouds and rain…in fact, torrential rain and all on the day of the race!
However, three middle aged Hampshire women, drew deep breathes and decided their mission had to be completed, despite a number of professional and more experienced triathletes pulling out due to the weather.
Lou Walker from Northington, a sports massage therapist, lined up on the beach with 3,500 other competitors ready for the swim. Thousands of what looked like penguins, wiggled their way to the start...5 swimmers, every 5 seconds, starting with the professionals and then in order of their estimated swim time.
Rebecca Caplan from Alton and co-founder of Fitique waited in the transition area for Lou to finish her swim. Rebecca’s nerves kicked in…. “What if I slip and fall off?” “What if I have a puncture?” “What if I can’t cope in the wet conditions?” “What if I am just so slow and they shut the course before I finish?”
Lou did an incredible time of 39 minutes, swimming 1.9km, was stung several times on her feet by jelly fish and then had to run a long way to meet Rebecca in transition.
Timing chip handed over, big hug, “stay safe” Lou said and off Rebecca went on the bike phase.
90km winding its way from the town of Alcudia, along the coast and then up into the Tramuntana mountains before a fast and technical descent. The weather made the bike course extremely treacherous – a number of crashes and torrential rain made for a grueling time on the bike.
Finally, back in Alcudia after 3hr and 40m, the second transition from Rebecca to Karen Hazlitt, another of Fitique’s co-founders to complete the third and final phase, a half marathon run.
Karen, was in the zone and very focused on her split times. She ran an amazing race, picking off runner after runner and finished on 1hr 33m, for a half marathon - a seriously impressive time.
Her two team mates met her shortly before the finish and all three crossed the line together.
Medals and t-shirts were collected, lots of photo opportunities and all round relief and delight at having finished an incredible event. Despite the weather, this was a brilliant event, well organised and very impressive.
There can’t be many events in the world where amateurs compete alongside Olympic athletes.
However, the icing on the cake came some time later that evening. A text was received informing them of their remarkable 3rd place in the women’s team event. Never in their wildest dreams did they imagine they may have been placed.
Rebecca commented “this challenge was way out of my comfort zone however, having a goal and fear of failure has been a great motivator to train. I would recommend anyone finds an event, enters and tells their friends. You won’t regret it and will feel a huge sense of achievement and pride at what is possible when you really put your mind to it”.
Rebecca has raised just over £7,000 for a Southampton Hospital Charity, Robbiesrally which will fund a role to support children struggling to cope with life post brain tumour. Any further donations and more information about this amazing cause, please go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Rebecca-‐Caplan
Rebecca and Karen are co-founders of the independent women’s fitness boutique and studio in Alresford, Fitique - www.fitique.co.uk
Lou Walker is a Sports massage therapist - www.louwalker.com