Pavel Drastik - from Ironman to sub 3hr marathon and lifelong friendship
Prior to racing the Lanzarote Ironman in May 2014, I only had a mountain bike background, a vague idea about running and no idea about swimming. I was confident in the water – albeit on my surfboard! I travelled from Norway, where I was working as a surf instructor to Lanzarote to complete a huge goal of mine – the Lanzarote Ironman. Little did I know what was in store for me! Fortunately, after only a few weeks in the village of La Santa, Lanzarote I met Colin and Trevor who couldn’t have been more helpful and generous. After just a few weeks Colin and Trevor took me under their wing and my crash course apprenticeship started.
My biking background gave me a good head start on the bike training and my running improved dramatically with Colin and Trevor’s guidance. My swimming, however, was the main challenge; I could barely swim a length without being out of breath. I joined Colin and Trevor on their weekly open water swims and improved rapidly with their guidance – and patience!
I completed the Lanzarote Ironman, with a 1hr 3min swim, unthinkable 5 months previous and with the help of Colin and Trevor, I fulfilled my dream. APB gave me faith and confidence, and in the following months after the Ironman I finished the season with a sub 3 hour marathon.