My alarm went off at 3.52am, but I was already awake. It was time for Iron-Distance race number 3 for the season.
I had done almost everything I could, in the time that I had, to be in as good a shape as possible for Challenge Atlantic City.
The course promised to be flat and fast and, with a run almost entirely on the famous AC Boardwalk hopefully the body wouldn’t be as destroyed as it can be after 8-9 hours of punishment.
Tomorrow is Iron-Distance race number 3 for the year. I’ve had a great start to 2014 and it’s safe to say it has been busy.
Hi all and thanks as always for reading!
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