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Challenge Iskandar Puteri / Season Update
Challenge Iskandar Puteri
It has been a busy few months. From Taiwan, to Ireland, to France, and now Malaysia.
Although busy, it has been good too. I really enjoyed my time in France training with Tony Dodds and Sam Ward, under our coach Tim Brazier, and basically just doing what I was told each day. Generally I have quite a bit of input and set my schedule to how my ‘non triathlon’ week is looking. In France it was nice to not have to worry about that and simply get out there and ‘enjoy’ it, some days more than others! It was also cool to do some ITU training again, and pretty incredible to see how far Doddsy has come since we raced German league together a wee while ago now!
After France I made a quick 10 day trip home for a wedding before heading back to Malaysia for Challenge Iskandar Puteri. I had been feeling great in France and continued to feel good while at home.
I had target C.I.P as a race I could win, and felt as though I was in the shape to do it.
It was a hot swim, but relatively uneventful apart from the huge schools of fish making the odd appearance.
I climbed the ladder out of the water with about a 45 second lead.
On to the bike and the legs didn’t feel too bad. I knew on arrival to Malaysia that I hadn't brought my best legs with me, so I was hoping that they would turn up on race day.
I saw that Brad Kahlefelt and Mike Phillips weren’t too far behind after 5km on the bike so waited for them and we got in to our work. After about 30km I really wasn’t feeling it, but we were still putting good time in to the chasers.
The 3 of us were surprised to get off the bike with an 8 minute lead and new that the race was essentially between us.
Mike had a penalty, which I thought was a 5minute drafting penalty, and so decided to go for the win. I ran with Brad for about 500m and basically blew up then! I got one hell of a fright when I saw Mike only a 100 or so meters behind, he only had a transition penalty of 10 seconds, so I now realised that I had a race on my hands. Brad continued to pull away little by little and Mike slowly caught me.
I had done some ‘sprint’ training in France and was looking forward to testing it out come the finish chute against Mike, who's got a serious turn of speed. However, at about 3km to go the wheels seriously fell off and I was left to mope home for another 3rd place!
Not the result I was after, but always good to be on the podium.
I am now building up for a real focus of mine this year, the ITU Long Distance World Championships in Oklahoma City, 24th September. It’s a distance that really suits me, 4km swim, 120km bike, and 30km run. I am seriously looking forward to having a crack.
On the news front, after ITU Worlds I will be going under the knife to have surgery on my Hip. The condition is called FAI (Femoralacetabular Impingement), and has been an issue since Challenge Wanaka this year, where I finally tore my Labrum – a common occurrence with FAI. Up until then it has been a gradual process of grinding away at my cartilage and hindering my muscle function.
I have been managing it as best I can since Wanaka – lots of physio and strength work, but it is safe to say I can not operate at 100%, even more so the longer the race goes.
So ITU worlds will be a stretch, but one I am really looking forward to.
I will update again on this front soon.
In the mean time thanks for reading and I hope everyone is making it through winter well, or enjoying their summers up in the north.
Until next time,