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Ironman Lake Placid – Sunday July 22, 2012

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Me loving a really fast descent at IM Lake Placid

Photo with thanks © Dave Erickson is a nice bloke

Well today was crunch day – my first Ironman since IM Moo in 2009, several accidents, horrible injuries, several operations and now a return to IM competition under the patient development and brilliant encouragement of Coach Brett Sutton as a member of Alaska teamTBB Philippines.

“Alaska” evokes lots of patriotic positives and questions amongst my many US friends and followers, whilst it is in fact a leading brand of milk and milk products sold in the Philippines, where my team is based.  Cheer me anyway – I love your support!

For Lake Placid I was keen, focused, and motivated to get back to Ironman racing.  Today was going to be a voyage of discovery for me, but it wasn’t to be my day.

The problem was my left leg, and without recounting the ghoulish clinical history the problem started in the swim with cramping, leading to an average swim some 3 or 4 minutes off my usual pace.

Putting this behind me on the bike, problem leg replaced cramping with excruciating pain, then numbness.  I pushed on, denial sort-of working with the pain, but numbness is hard to ignore as you have nothing to work with.  I ended up doing most of the power work on the bike with my right leg, managing a time off the bike just over 6 minutes behind the lead girl.

But a triathlon is not only a swim and a bike.  Off the bike my leg simply did not work on the run – the pain was too great, and my numb leg did not respond to commands – I ran barely a mile before further progress was impossible.

Any race that you cannot finish is devastating as a professional – this no less so as it was my return after injuries that I had hoped I was on top of, although in truth the race was in part to discover where I was up to in Ironman competition.

Back to the drawing boards with the Doc, as this race has made me even more determined to beat the greatest challenge that I have ever faced as a professional Ironman – the battle with my own body, and my mind.

Huge thanks to my sponsors Cervelo, Alaska Milk, Ignite Naturals, On Running Shoes, 2XU, Campagnolo, 3T, Cobb Cycling, Louis Garneau, Solrx sunscreen, Beaker Concepts and Timex.

Hayden sprint triathlon, Idaho USA Saturday July 14, 2012

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Me on the winner's podium, Hayden sprint tri

A fun sprint tri today racing a local non- profit event in support of local sporting teams, especially the swim team.

A poor swim start in very rough conditions where I got pummeled, but led out of the swim, held my overall lead through a very windy bike, and got “bloked” with just a mile (1.6kms) to go on the run.  Placing first female and third outright in an exciting sprint finish, with just 0.7/second separating me from second.

A nice vignette in preparation for my first IM this year, at Lake Placid next Sunday.

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho USA

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Chatcolet bike bridge, Lake Coeur d'Alene, on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes

I arrived with Stuey in Coeur d’Alene Idaho USA on June 25th,  the day after 5i50 Subic Bay Philippines where I placed 2nd.  An impressively organised event which should attract a lot more international interest in future years.

Subic Bay 5i50 trophy

First week in Coeur d’Alene was sick (booo!) but took the opportunity after several “down” days to ride part of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes (see pics top & below) with Stuey and good friend/host Paul Burke – have wanted to ride this trail for years.  Leisurely ride with coffee stop and pics.

Stu & me, Chatcolet Bridge, Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes

Me tormenting friend Paul Burke

Then a bush-bash (walk) in the forest up behind where Paul and his wife Katie live, to keep up the exercise but the heart rate down.  Amazing lush country as you can see in the photo compared with the harsh landscape around Darwin in Australia.

Me & Katie, gone "bush"

Off to celebrate US Independence Day 4 July that night with lots of fireworks down at Lake Coeur d’Alene.

4 July fireworks, Lake Coeur d'Alene

As I recover from my bug I am enjoying swimming in Lake Coeur d’Alene (especially as it warms up), and getting lost around Idaho & Washington in the hills on my Cervelo P3.  I now have maps from the Chamber of Commerce.

The Centennial Trail, a paved multi-purpose track, runs 21 miles (34kms) in Idaho and another 37 miles (60kms) along the Spokane River in Washington State.  I plan to explore all of it while I am here.

Ignite Naturals

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

An exciting new sports nutrition product ...

Exciting news for my Team is a new partnership with Ignite Naturals, a 100% all-natural sports nutrition company.

The new product covers the foundational elements of sports nutrition: pre-workout, performance & fuel, recovery, and maintenance are found in Ignite Naturals innovative product line – a product line that is formulated with 100% natural ingredients.

More details coming plus the opportunity to purchase Ignite Naturals directly through my web site alifitch.com.

Watch this space ….