Sorry all for the lack of anything new on my site. It has been a tough couple of months after first getting sick the day before the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon, which included the worst flight I have ever had and hopefully will ever have. Spent the flight in the tiolet with stuff coming out both ends... not pleasent. After that I was out for a full week, being nothing but useless and struggling to walk anywhere. So since then it has been a slow progression back up to what I hope is some good form leading in to the Des Moines 5150 championships this weekend. I will endevour to write all my race updates over the next week and hopefully also have a good report to write from Des Moines.
Speak to you all soon!
After a long trip and many flights --> Christchurch to Melbourne, Melbourne to Sydney, Sydney to San Francisco, San Francisco to Baltimore, I was in Columbia. Got to bed about 1 am Friday morning, 5 hours sleep and a quick swim to try and get in to the time zone. Safe to say the body was all over the show with 14 hours sleep the next night and then no sleep the night before the race. However I didn't feel to bad and was just hoping the body would respond. The course was a challenging one with the bike not have a meter of flat and the run including many hills. I swam hard to try and get the body going early and had to keep pushing to hold off Jimmy Seear and Cam Dye, eventual winner. Exited the water first, got on the bike and knew straight away that the legs weren't really there. I watched people ride away from me left, right and centre and had to deal with that the entire ride basically. Got off in 11th position and couldn't do much to change that.Pretty disapointing after building up so well for Busso and then perhaps being a bit keen on racing straight after such a trip. Anyway lesson learnt.
Off to Boulder now for a few weeks to my new base for the season before heading to San Francisco for Escape from Alcatraz and then down to Santa Cruz for a couple of weeks before racing in Mont Tremblant 70.3, Canada.
So I flew off to Western Australia for Busso 70.3 after 5 weeks of the best and biggest training of my life and my final hitout before I head to the USA in a couple of weeks.
It’s been a long two weeks here in Singapore building up for the 70.3 – Its hard on the mind getting out there everyday and feeling lethargic and generally bad all round in this heat and humidity, but in saying that, when i tested the body over these weeks it always responded well and therefore knew I was in good shape.
I arrived in Miami Monday before the race, straight from Galveston. Miami isn't the ideal place to train, but this wasn't a bad thing as it forced a very light taper. A massive thanks to Pat Mac for hosting me and to Bevan for sorting it out. It was great having a guide to get things done and one of the big benefits of a home stay. Come Thursday though I was in to the hotel and in race mode. My mate from Germany, Horst Reichel, arrived Friday and gave me a few pointers on what to expect and how to get the most out of racing longer distance, mainly nutrition!
First up in my 'home town' was the sprint distance race on Saturday. Just 6 days after NY 5150 I had struggled all week to recover and I knew that I would have to push my limits again if I wanted to beat Tommy Zaferes (the real local). The swim was hard, the run to transition was hard and the bike was hard. Tommy put a little gap on me in the swim, then a little more on me running to transition, which is about 500m and then more time in to me on the bike. I ran hard for the first 2.5km and realised that I had only caught about 10seconds of 30. I knew I couldnt catch him and with the Olympic distance the next day I decided to shut it down and cruise to the finish.