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!).
Not long after touching down back in NZ from Taiwan it was time to jump back on a big aeroplane again and shoot off to Europe for the first time in a few years. I was heading to Gigean, between Montpellier and Sete, in the South of France. This is Laurent Vidal and Andrea Hewitt’s Northern hemisphere summer training and living base.
They have an incredible set-up in Gigean/Sete and it was great to be made to feel right at home as soon as I made the train trip from Marseille.
The training and climate are simply awesome, and together with that homely feel I finally think I’ve found a place that I can call a home away from home and a place I can get the job done in the Northern Hemisphere, something I’ve never done in the past.
I’ve never truly been happy or settled anywhere other than in Christchurch or Wanaka, but can now add Gigean to the list!
When I saw the footage of the course in Taiwan I was amazed of how little it reminded me of a stereotypical Asian race venue. What I saw was rugged coastlines through to massive mountains and it was exactly that which greeted us on our arrival in to Taitung.
So my last update was a wee while ago now and that one was my Wanaka race report. There hasn’t been a lot to report on race wise since then, but there has been a few things happening. One of the coolest things about racing such a major event so early on in the summer is that you then have the rest of the summer to recover and start the build up for the next race on the list. During this ‘recovery’ I have attended quite a few BBQ’s and drunk quite a few beers and have really enjoyed my post-Wanaka summer. It has been an interesting time since my first big win and it has been a nice feeling waking up in the mornings for training knowing that my job is triathlon, rather than the constant second guessing of my choice to chase this dream.
I wanted to clarify a comment I made on twitter about a week ago. Yes, below is a very big bitching session, but obviously I think this is a bit of a joke.
Here is the comment - @IronmanTri @HyVeeTri athletes race 5races with shit $ to qualify for the opportunity to make shit $? 100g's for 1st? #RichGetRicher
Like so many athletes this year and at years gone by I was woken to howling winds early on race morning. The good thing was it actually got me excited for the tough day that was to come and to race in the conditions I had trained for.
Good to get a little hit out and get the body racing again back home in Christchurch. Body felt good and it was nice to have some speed there even though I hadn't done an ounce of it in training for a long time! Congrats to Mike for taking it out with a lethal sprint. I really had no chance and was kidding my self when I thought I did. 6 Weeks to Wanaka and looking forward to making it all come together.
So it is definitely time for an update after continually putting them off in the hope I could find some form and get some results.