Well, it’s about that time again. I neglected to post a blog after my last race just over 2 weeks ago. No reason really, just didn’t do it. I went to Anderson, S.C. for the Rev3 1/2 distance race there. The race was the same day as Kona, so that didn’t deter a lot of pros from hoping for an ‘easier’ day, relatively speaking. It was a solid field of about 40 men. I finished up 12th or 13th. It was about what I expected in reality as after my ‘ill’ fated attempt at Cedar Point, I was put on a 2 week course of Antibiotics as well as Amy for some sickness. So, I was off of those on the Thursday before Anderson. Anyway, nothing more to say other than things didn’t go bad nor did they go great. For the first time in 20 years, I was whacked so hard in the face during the swim that I had to stop. My nose hurt for several days after. Part was my fault as the start was not a ‘fair’ beach start, and I chose a bad line.
After Anderson, Scott and I headed to Austin. We trained here for a few days in the Big City. Scott’s a Jersey-boy, but Austin is way bigger than his city at home and quite busy. He’s certainly not impressed with the riding here, and rightfully so. It can be a tough place to just get on your bike and ride if you don’t want to deal with lights and cars.
We stayed in Austin and then went to see John Cobb of Cobb Cycling…I was pretty sure that Scott needed some tweaks to his fit…and boy did he get them. But, we put in 4-5 good solid days of training there around Cobb’s place, and then headed back to Austin. I’m sure Scott will blog about his TX experience, complete with dancing, big hair, and fake boobs. It was good to actually spend some time with one of our sponsors outside of a race or camp so that we could really get a handle on what else Cobb Cycling was about, meet the staff, and just learn a bit more about what is expected of a pro athlete who is also a sponsored athlete. And, for your viewing enjoyment, what would a BrandonMarsh blog be without a video of sorts. This one is a bit old, but it is an intro to John Cobb of Cobb Cycling.
So, next up for me is 70.3 Miami on Sunday. From what I heard it was a debacle last year, and IM was bound and determined to fix their issues for the race. I’m sure it’ll be a decent field as well. I will say though since it is post-Kona there will likely be 50 guys on the start list and only about 30 will actually show up. It’s a hole in the system that needs to be fixed more like the ITU system. It’ll be really good prep for IM Cozumel in a bit over a month.