I arrived in Taiwan in some of the best form of my life… drinking form that was. However, in saying that I had also managed to fit in some decent weeks of training and combined with my Wanaka build-up I was confident that I had enough work under the belt to get through the race.
My biggest concern for my second attempt at the title was my lack of riding form and the threat of some pretty intense heat. Luckily for me only one of those came to fruition with the sun packing a punch through the ride and early on the run.
All in all I was happy to get back to Taiwan and was a lot more relaxed heading in for round 2 with a good understanding of the course and the conditions.
So I am lying here with time to kill before we hit up Uncle Petes Pizza for my standard pre-race dinner.
The time came after defending my Wanaka title to knuckle down a bit and line up another race.
Hi all and sorry for the delay in getting this posted! I have been absolutely useless since race day and really need to give myself a good kick up the ass.
Writing this took me back to that day and I think I may have a little more motivation again... maybe.
So, I am sitting here in Wanaka with 12 days to go until I try and defend my most prized possession, my Challenge Wanaka title.
Well it had been a busy 2 weeks prior to the race and to be honest, by the time I got on the plane to head to Sydney I was a little over it all. I realised it really hadn’t been that long since I was doing this in Europe and those psychological demons started their work, but all the while I fought them off.
Dunedin to Balclutha - 103km
2 stages – 1 KOM & 2 SPRINTS
So my season is over and it ended with the wrong kind of boom! But family and friends, that was not all of me out there today.
Being sick and having to sleep all week actually helped the start of the ride, as I felt really fresh and I rode pretty aggressively, but by 110km I was struggling and the wind was taking its toll. We had a rear NW here today, which meant almost no fast tail wind sections that come with the usual Southerly and a lot of cross and head wind grovelling instead. It was tough.
I was happy to get off the bike and start running, but knew straight away that things weren't the way they usually are, which is actually being able to run!
I was more exhausted at 22km in to the marathon today than I was at the 40km mark in Wanaka (which was border line tripping over myself) and I really didn't think I would make the finish line. I got my 'ironman shuffle' on though and managed to get there in the end.
I had so many questions coming to Europe this year, many have been answered, but I will also be coming home with many more and will be looking to answer them also.
All in all I have been super happy with my year and I can't complain with my 2 wins. Next year is already on my mind and I will be lining up at Challenge Wanaka come January and will get this roller coaster ride back underway.
As always thanks to everyone for the support. It has been awesome this year hearing from so many.
Next up is a we trip to the OC and Mexico for some surf and some corona's and I'll be home on 1st October for some flat whites and probably a few more corona's.
After a much needed break in the Portuguese resort town of Lagos I was somewhat reluctant, but also keen to get back in to training. I knew it would hurt and I knew the first couple of weeks wouldn’t be that enjoyable. On top of this I also decided to spend 3 big weeks of training up at the French Altitude Training mecca of Font Romeu.
After a patchy first 2 weeks finding my feet again. I was up the mountain and living at almost 1900m. It was tough to say the least for the first week, but settled in and got some great training done. All in all I ended with the biggest 3 week block of my life.
As usual, I am writing this little update on the train from Sete to Marseille Airport and I am in to my first week of taper. WOW, am I feeling the altitude affect or what! But not the good one yet… I very much hope it is coming next week some time. I am super tired after my effort up the mountain and I now have 9 days to let it all sink in, recover, and find the form and freshness that I will definitely need in Almere.
I am looking forward to racing the flat and fast course and listening to the sweet sound of a disc wheel rolling for the first time this season!
I will race hard and aggressively and see what happens. 4 Iron-distance events in my first year is a good haul and I am hoping my mind and body will respond ‘positively’ to the last race of the season.
Mexico is my reward at the end of this tunnel, so I better make sure I have a result worth drinking a few corona’s over.
Until next time.
Over and out
Roth is everything it is hyped up to be.
From the moment you arrive and are introduced to your homestay to the moment the massive fireworks go off to signal the end of another Challenge Roth year (and the volunteers party and after party!).