Ironman Success For St Mary’s Woman
Bryony Lishman travelled to Copenhagen for the city’s Ironman Triathlon on Sunday.
She had just 12 weeks to train after her husband Nick won a place in an online competition.
Nevertheless, Bryony managed to juggle the intensive preparation with the duties of running Mincarlo guesthouse, her yoga classes, arranging the Scilly Swim Challenge and being a mum.
The Danish event was not for the inexperienced. Professional athletes enter alongside amateurs and the intense physical test lasted all day, from around 7.20am in the morning until 11pm at night.
During that time Bryony ran a marathon in 5-and-a-half hours, she swam 2.4 miles in 1 hour-and-40-minutes and cycled 112 miles in 7 hours-and-50 minutes.
There are minimum times for each of the events and Bryony says she had to work hard to avoid being rejected from the bike session, her weakest discipline.
She says she was “by far the slowest cyclist” in the field but managed to push hard and get through.
And she says the amazing support from the crowd helped in the more challenging stretches, especially the race commentator who shouted encouragement to her as she completed the cycle stage!
Nearly 3,000 people took part in the event and Bryony says she’s “chuffed to bits” with her performance in the 35 to 39 year old grouping.
Parts of the day were emotionally testing too. The event took place one year after Bryony’s dad, former Council Chairman and boatman Roy Duncan, passed away.
Bryony says she’s been bitten by the ironman bug now and she’d consider entering another event in the future.