This is the final journal entry of our Maui’s, Phil McGain as he crosses the finish line! As always, entertaining and very inspiring!
“I started to high five and low five anyone who put out there hand and even people who didn’t put out there hand, I was on a high at this point, I was about to finish, I wanted to make the most of it.”
The RUN 26.2 miles of pain and pleasure.
I sat down and pulled off my bike shirt, throw on my running shirt, get my compression socks on which are really tight and hard to pull on, shoes are on, tied, hat on, GPS on, I bolt out of there which seemed like a few minutes but I think it was more like 4 minutes. I look down at my GPS and see my pace at 11 minute per mile, slow down I tell myself, you want to be around 11.5 minute per mile until you get your running legs and get a feel for how your energy level is. I come to the first aid station, people everywhere, “water, coke, gel, Iso, cake, bars, fruit”, it’s all there. Yes this race is well-catered and good thing. I grab a water and have my first gel and a salt tablet. I’m feeling wonderful. The entire run course is lined with people, all cheering, sitting in chairs, drinking German beer, sleeping, enjoying the fact that we are out here doing all the work and they get to sit relax and watch. Continue reading Maui’s, Phil McGain Part 3 “The Run” Germany IRONMAN
Phil training in Paia, Maui
- before the start of the Hawaii half Ironman on Hapuna beach, Big Island
For those of you who know Phil, he is one of the most amazing athletes I’ve ever seen in training. Besides blowing by my on the water, it seems like every you go, there’s Phil on the bike, Phil on the road, and Phil in the water-swimming! With the help of Phil, he’s going to keep us posted on as he prepares for the grueling IRONMAN in Germany, July 5th, 2009.Phil called me today and asked who I recommended for massage, for I’m sure he could use some relief! He’s truly an inspiration to us all!
Follow Phil and send him support! SuzieFormer Windsurfing World champion’s first Ironman TriathlonPhil McGain currently residing in Maui Hawaii, a former Professional Boardsailing Association (PBA) Racing World Champion will be stepping off his Windsurf Board and into Ironman Germany (European Championship) in Frankfurt for his first Ironman Triathlon race come July 5th. In between testing, some racing and working in the business, Phil plans to train for the 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and 42km run in the months following up to July 5th. Phil, who will be 46 years old on race day has been a professional windsurfer since 1983 and has been competing on the windsurfing professional tour for over 20 years. Phil recently got into running marathons as cross training and this year decided to give Triathlons a shot. He was immediately drawn to the sport because of the extreme physical challenges and the adventure of training for such a long distance endurance event.Phil’s windsurfing titles include PBA Racing World Champion, multiple US National Champion, multiple US Open Champion and multiple Australian Champion. Phil was also Chairman, President of the Professional Windsurfers Association from 1995 to 2004.Phil has completed seven marathons in the past two years and in 2009 plans to compete in two Olympic distance triathlons and half Ironman Hawaii 70, in preparation for the full Ironman distance Germany.