My mom sent this to me and I thought it was pretty good. People don’t realize how hot the summers are in Texas. Well…here you go.
Stay tuned for my IM Swiss report in the next day or two…or week:)
I received an unexpected rest day today from coach so that means catching up on e-mails, blogs, etc… I have been in Switzerland almost two weeks now and it’s going by fast. I went back home to Texas after IM Brazil for a couple of days to unpack, repack and say goodbye to my better half (Brandon) for the summer in Switzerland. The travel over to Swiss went quite smoothly. Of course it takes a few days to get back in the swing of things after an Ironman and all the traveling and there were definitely some ups and downs the first week I arrived here.
Within the first two days that I arrived to my new place the ceiling started leaking. So, for a couple of nights all I could hear was drip…drip…drip every few seconds. It drove me nuts and I couldn’t sleep. I tried ear plugs, pillow over the head, and then finally got my Ipod out with music blaring so that I wouldn’t hear the dripping sound anymore. It was some kind of holiday here so no one was around to fix the leak right away. It seems that there is a holiday here in Swiss every other day! Anywho, after about two days or so the maintenance guy was able to find out where the leak was coming from and the dripping finally stopped! Unfortunately, there was some water damage on the walls and the owners came to take a look at it. The owners felt bad for all the trouble and opened up the other half of the apartment complex that they own for me to use while they fix the leak. So…my place has now doubled in size which is a bonus!
Luckily this year I have a washer in my apartment. It’s not a very large washer like we have at home in Texas where “everything is bigger in Texas” but it’s a washer and very convenient to have in my bathroom here. I had quite a bit of laundry to do and probably got carried away when I was loading the washer. I didn’t know the washer here would only be able to handle one clothing item because it’s so small!!! Instead I put about half the clothes I brought into the washer…and they fit (with some jamming) so thought it would be o.k. When the cycle finished my clothes were stuck inside because the load was too heavy to spin around to open. My clothes were locked inside the washer for about a day or so before the maintenance guy (same guy as before) was able to get them out.
So that was some of my excitement the first week here in Switzerland. Everything seems to be working now and training if off to a good start. The maintenance guy and I have become friends but hopefully he won’t be seeing me for awhile!
Thought I would change up the race report a little bit and use some music to describe my race in Brazil last weekend.
It’s true, I got knocked down in the swim but I did get up again…a few times. Probably one of the scariest swim starts I’ve done. The age groupers started 5 meters behind us. Not 5 minutes but 5 meters. It was a beach start so I knew I had to get out quick so that I wouldn’t be trampled by thousands of age groupers. Well, unfortunately that didn’t quite happen and I got pummeled by the waves and age groupers all at once. I tried to claw myself through the chaos but never did catch the front pack or the second pack for that matter. I came out of the water further back than I wanted and got on my bike with a mission.
It’s a long day and anything can happen so I just got on my bike and rode strong. Mostly rode angry because I was really upset with my swim. Felt good and strong on the bike and just tried to push the pace throughout the whole ride. I finished the bike with a 6 minute lead. (I was definitely riding faster than the guy in the video above!)
My legs felt great when I hit the run. The course was one 21k loop with a couple good climbs and then 2x10k loops that was flat. There were spectators cheering throughout most of the run course which made the run seem to go by quickly. Had some GI issues within the first 10 miles but once I resolved those I was able to run a steady pace and hang on for my 4th Ironman title and 5th Irondistance win. I can’t believe it! I am now back in Austin, Texas only for a few days before I head to Switzerland for some solid training in the mountains.
I raced St. Croix 70.3 this past weekend which is known for it’s beautiful location and beast of a course. It certainly didn’t disappoint. This was the 23rd year of this race and it has been on my “to do list” for quite some time. Although my race didn’t reflect what I’ve been doing in training it was still a great experience and a race that everyone must do. It is known as a classic in this sport.
I arrived in St. Croix on Wednesday which is a bit earlier than I usually arrive for a Sunday race. Not sure if it was because this race was the same weekend as the Royal Wedding but I received the royal treatment from my amazing homestay, John and Patty Colburn. They picked me up at the airport, showed me around the island, and took me to incredible gourmet dinners every night. They were absolutely wonderful.
The swim starts on an island about 100 meters or so from the dock of the Christiansted Harbour . It was a nice little warm up before the race. I had an o.k. swim exiting first out of the water and grabbing the swim prime.
The bike course is honest, challenging and a bit technical. The roads were probably some of the worst roads I have ever ridden on. Lots of cracks, gravel and potholes. Supposedly the race organizers have the roads re-paved every year for this race. Although they did a great job re-paving some of the roads, there were still sketchy parts throughout the course. I felt strong the first 20 miles of the bike until I hit the infamous “The Beast” hill. Wow…thought I was going to have to walk my bike up the hill! Tough climb but I also thought the last 35 or so miles were just as hard or harder. Lots of wind, hills and technical descends. I loved the hills but the descents got the best of me as I would slow way down on the switchbacks so that I wouldn’t end up in the bushes. A bit disappointed with my ride I came into transition ready to have a solid run.
The run is a rolling out and back that takes you through a golf course with one nasty climb in there. The first two miles were extremely rough and even included some walking. My stomach was in so much pain that I didn’t know how I was going to keep going. Not the way I wanted to start a 13.1 mile run. There were two girls close to me starting the run and I thought I could stay with them. Unfortunately they were moving forwards and I was going backwards. I started to feel much better half way through the run (think I even negative split my run) but ended up so far back by then that I wasn’t able to move up from my 6th place position.
So although it was a tough day out there for me I still had a great time exploring a new place and meeting so many new people. It was great seeing so many people from the island out cheering and supporting this race. Back to work for the next few weeks to get ready for Ironman Brazil.
After about 24 hours of traveling we are now back home in Austin, Texas. It was a long day but everything went smoothly. We unfortunately ended up coming home from TeamTBB camp bit earlier than planned. The race in Samui, Thailand that we had on our race schedule for the end of the month was canceled due to all the flooding that occurred a couple of weeks ago. However, we enjoyed our time at camp and got in some solid training for the next couple of races ahead. It was great to meet all the newbies and look forward to seeing everyone again in Switzerland very soon!
Brandon has a bunch of videos to post from our time in Krabi but doesn’t want to overtake me on the blog list just yet! So…stay tuned.
For now, I’ll leave you with some entertainment that we had on our flight home. This kid was probably 12 years old or so.
Impressive. Notice that he is using a 5×5 rubiks cube. I remember having a 3×3 cube (standard cube) growing up and could never solve it. I would end up peeling off the stickers and changing them around so that it looked like I was a genius.
have been a whirlwind.
Tuesday March 8th- Leave Austin, Texas
Wednesday March 9th- Arrive Abu Dhabi sans bike
Thursday March 10th- Visit the Mosque, wait until 1:00am for my bike but still a no show
Friday March 11th- Bike arrives 2 hours before check in.
Saturday- Abu Dhabi race
Unfortunately not the race I was hoping for and ended with my first DNF as a professional.
Sunday- Leave Abu Dhabi
Sunday p.m.- Arrive Singapore. Camped out in Terminal 2 for 10 hours. Felt a bit like Tom Hanks in the movie The Terminal.
Monday- Arrive Krabi, Thailand. Bike made it. Easy ride with B.
Tuesday- Photo shoot with sponsors (Avia, 2xu, John Cobb), e-mail Singapore 70.3 race director to see if I can get a start for the race
The race director e-mailed back and said that I could get a start since someone dropped out last minute. Now I just needed to ask Coach is I should race. His answer was of course yes but he didn’t know if I would be able to get in. Little did he know that I had already e-mailed the race director the day before!
Wednesday-More photo shoot with sponsors at the beach. Short run in the morning. Spent the day on the boat. Home by 10pm.
Thursday- More photo shoot with sponsors. Brick and afternoon swim.
Friday- Easy bike, packed biked, short swim. Leave Krabi, Thailand
Friday p.m.- Arrive Singapore. Eat at airport. Grocery shop at airport. Arrive at homestay at 8pm.
Saturday- pre race events for Singapore 70.3
Sunday- Singapore 70.3 race
2nd overall. It was a good effort all things considered. Of course, I would have liked the win, but it was good to see my fellow TeamTBB (TeamTBB USA) teammate Mary Beth Ellis take home 1st.
Monday- Leave Singapore. Arrive Krabi, Thailand
Now back at training camp ready to train hard hopefully uninterrupted!
Not the blog I had in mind to write but this gives you an idea why I haven’t blogged in a few weeks!
We have a comedian in the family! Last night I went to my 5 year old niece, Mackenzie’s, talent show at her Elementary School. She was one of two kindergarteners in the whole school to participate. Everyone else was 1st through 5th grade. Mackenzie’s talent was telling jokes. I must say…she stole the show (and yes, I am a bit biased!). My job was to film her performance and as you can tell by the shaky video…I was a bit nervous for her! Enjoy…
She did a great job in front of a very big crowd!
Last Friday I was on my way home from a workout when I received a tweet on my phone congratulating me on being named USAT Non-Olympic/ITU Triathlete of the Year. I had no idea what the person who tweeted was talking about until I came home and checked out a few websites on my computer. And this is what I found…
I want to thank USAT for this great honor. It’s nice to see all the hard work this year get noticed. Thank you to all my sponsors that made this year as successful as it was. Looking forward to an even better 2011. Also, thank you to everyone for the kind e-mails, tweets, and facebook messages that I have received the last few days.
A local cycling team (Wolly Mammoth) hosted a unique event here in Austin this past weekend. It was a 100 mile bike “race” consisting of 5 person teams. There were 16x 5 person teams that participated and each team was staggered at the start by 2 minutes. The team that finished with all 5 people first would win. Our team actually started with 7 people because only 4 of us were relatively confident in our training in the last month or so. So, we had some substitutes just in case! Of course we captured some TeamMarsh videos during the ride. Enjoy…
The weekend forecast called for rain on and no one was looking forward to riding. We woke up Saturday morning and there was not a cloud in the sky. So, the ride was on…but deep down I think everyone was hoping for rain.
Notice that we don’t look too concerned with how quickly we transitioned at the halfway point.
50 mile pit stop quotes…
Corey: “We have 48 more miles to go???” I’m sure there was also a 4 letter swear word in there as well!
Missy: “I’m not worried about making the distance it’s the speed I’m worried about”
George, in reply to Missy. “Yeah…me too.’
George, in video responding to comment about balancing…”That’s the most impressive thing I’ve done all day”
As you can see we finished with 6 people instead of the seven that we started with. George now has a whole year to train for this event next year! Good job team.
In the end, we have no idea what place we came in but it was a fun experience spent with friends.