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Cam Watt's Ironman Japan

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Wow what a week!!!!
This past week I have been hobbling around everywhere, the race in Korea took soooo much outta me, more than any other race I:ve ever done including Ironman due to the insane downhill run course and lack of running training ;)
Instead of tuning my engine this week, I:ve been trying to get myself to the start line without the use of crutches or a wheelchair!!!
Saturday I woke up to be able to finally touch most of my legs without too much pain, which lifted spirits no end.

I swam with the lead pack of Keiren Doe, Luke Mckenzie, TBB team mate Hiro and Tim Marr. Once onto the bike we unfortunately dropped Hiro straight away, and Luke and I took turns of setting the pace. Keiren and Tim, looked to be struggling a bit, as they also did the Korean race and I thought late in the bike there might be an oppotunity to drop them, so at 140km I lifted the pace and myself and luke pulled away putting 6min into them in the last 40km.
Due to my limited run prep, I had orders from Doc to target a top 5 place so I set off at a pace I thought would get me that as I had quite a lead over the rest of the field. To cut a long and painful story short, I lost 2nd at 24km, 3rd at 35km and ended up 7th:(.
So not the top 5 we wanted, but I guess, hey I ran a marathon, my achillies didn:t hurt once, and I finished an Ironman when 2days earlier it appeared impossible (in my mind I never doubted a finish though ;) )

I have been looked after soooo well here in Japan, my homestay has been absolutely fantastic, the food incredible, the race office awesome, the friendliness of the locals just shows how much they love this race here.

I also got to spend the best part of 2 weeks with Keiren Doe and Tim Marr who I got on with great, and enjoyed our week of hobbling and efforts to get right by race day.

Splits Swim 46:15 Bike 4:40:35 Run 3:31 ouch

(disclaimer:this was written 11pm race day so may or may not make sense hehehe)

Cam Watt’s Ironman Japan

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Wow what a week!!!!
This past week I have been hobbling around everywhere, the race in Korea took soooo much outta me, more than any other race I:ve ever done including Ironman due to the insane downhill run course and lack of running training ;)
Instead of tuning my engine this week, I:ve been trying to get myself to the start line without the use of crutches or a wheelchair!!!
Saturday I woke up to be able to finally touch most of my legs without too much pain, which lifted spirits no end.

I swam with the lead pack of Keiren Doe, Luke Mckenzie, TBB team mate Hiro and Tim Marr. Once onto the bike we unfortunately dropped Hiro straight away, and Luke and I took turns of setting the pace. Keiren and Tim, looked to be struggling a bit, as they also did the Korean race and I thought late in the bike there might be an oppotunity to drop them, so at 140km I lifted the pace and myself and luke pulled away putting 6min into them in the last 40km.
Due to my limited run prep, I had orders from Doc to target a top 5 place so I set off at a pace I thought would get me that as I had quite a lead over the rest of the field. To cut a long and painful story short, I lost 2nd at 24km, 3rd at 35km and ended up 7th:(.
So not the top 5 we wanted, but I guess, hey I ran a marathon, my achillies didn:t hurt once, and I finished an Ironman when 2days earlier it appeared impossible (in my mind I never doubted a finish though ;) )

I have been looked after soooo well here in Japan, my homestay has been absolutely fantastic, the food incredible, the race office awesome, the friendliness of the locals just shows how much they love this race here.

I also got to spend the best part of 2 weeks with Keiren Doe and Tim Marr who I got on with great, and enjoyed our week of hobbling and efforts to get right by race day.

Splits Swim 46:15 Bike 4:40:35 Run 3:31 ouch

(disclaimer:this was written 11pm race day so may or may not make sense hehehe)

Korean ITU Long Course

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

This past week I`ve spent in Korea for the ITU Long Course race. The week felt like a month as we packed so much into such a short stay. Mr Ki, the race organiser wanted to make it an experience we:d never forget, both the trip and the race, so we stayed at a different hotel every night to see different parts of Korea, we ate at different hotels and restaurants every meal and spent a hell of a lot of time in the bus!!!

The race went fairly well for me, 3km swim in 16degree water, 2 laps. 1st lap I couldn:t get going and felt like my heartrate was 90 but 2nd lap felt better but came out of the water 2nd to Keiren Doe.

Bike leg was 80km, 1st 40km hilly / 2nd 40km contained 2 big climbs. I rode the first climb average, but the 2nd one was more to my liking and was 2nd off bike. Keiren Doe was a still in front, the bike leg was pretty epic, had everything from me and Jan Rehula taking a wrong turn, to scary descents, to pouring rain, sunshine, altitude, sea level, and at top of mountain this thick fog/cloud that you couldn:t see more than 30m infront of you.
The 2nd transition was at the Korean Olympic training center and was on the running track.
The run was for sure the toughest course I:ve ever done there where about 4 1km hills that where really steep, the rest was down hill and 10km of it was on really rough cross country trails. It was smashing my quads and I was thinking my achilles was doing awesome not to be hurting on this course. Again I took a wrong turn, as there were no marshalls in the bush and the trail had a few turns on it, so I didn:t want to risk it so ran back to the junction and waited for 6th place. I really didn:t want to lose 5th due to this, but luckily for me when he arrived I started again and ran away…phew.

Other than this the race was put on incredible as the logistics were enourmous, especially as it was a 1st time event. I really can:t describe the scenery and atmosphere in words, hopefully Tereza can do better job at it than me.
I am now in Japan getting ready for the Ironman here in Goto Island this Sunday 21st. I can barely walk still and neither can Keiren Doe who I:ve been training with here, so my training is just trying to recover the legs in time for Sunday.
The course here is really hilly too, but more rolling hills. They have very smooth roads and the Island is much like Hawaii, really lush green by the ocean. I am staying with a homestay family and they are looking after me extemely well, there home is a shrine to the previous athletes that have stayed here for the race. The town must live for this event as everywhere we go we get asked our race number as they want to cheer for us on Sunday. The local TV station is doing a story on me, quite embarrassing actually, and where at the airport to greet me. Felt a bit strange especially with all the newspaper photographers there too. I made the local paper today, a big picture of me getting my temperature taken at airport, I:m happy to report that I don:t have swine flu and so are they!!!The camera lady even came to the house last night to video me eating dinner….traditional japanese dinner, so I hope I didn:t muck up the chopsticks too much.

Anyway this trip so far has been great fun, got to meet plenty of great people and roomed with a great guy from Hawaii, Tim Marr who I got on with real well with. I got to play with Tereza:s new bike too :) I:m sure the rest of the trip will be great too, even better if I do a good race on Sunday!!!!

Tour de Asia

Monday, June 8th, 2009

well I’m about to embark on a little tour of Asia, Korea and Japan to be precise. The first race is in Korea and is an ITU long course race, double olympic distance and one hell of a course. When I first saw the course map of it I thought it must be some kind of mistake as it showed the bike course starting at sea level and by T2 which is a seperate transition is at 1600m!!!! It looks like something outta the french alpes or pyrennes, so I am “kinda” anxious to find out if the map is a reality come sunday. The run is up the top of this “mountain” so the air will be a little thiner I suspect. Last race I did like this was Alpe du heuz in the French Irontour in 03 and I had a super run(not bike:) up there so hope to repeat something like that this weekend. I remember riding up that mtn real slow as my team leader in my team made me work my arse off to the base of the climb…. so was a real tourist going up the alpe. When I got off bike though I felt great and started runing with the leaders(oliver marcau and sylvain dodet) who had lapped me as it was 8x1km loops. I remember sutto yelling at me “don’t you overtake these guys”….there might of been a few expletives in there too…..but I wasn’t puffing and not hurting so I thought bugger it and over took them and went on to have great run, having the fastest split!!! I was so happy with that run(not race as I came something like 16th) but I’m hoping the altitude and course will present me with similar legs at the end come sunday!!!!!!

Training has been going ok, but trying at times as for the past month here in brisbane we have been having soooo much rain. The past few years we have been in a 1 in 100year drought and our dam levels, one which is just down the road from me, fell to like 18% full. Since last november they have steadily climbed but nothing like the last 3weeks, they went from something like 70% to 100+% in a couple of days, with them having to let some water out twice in one week.

My usual riding routes have had to be changed a few times due to flooded roads but it’s all good. Last weekend I took a couple of mates on a little 2day training camp up to the top of a mountain out the back of the gold coast called O’reillys. www.O’reillys.com.au it’s at about 1000m above sea level and is about 30km climb to the top. It was so nice up there, we had this beatiful villa that hung off the side of the mountain and had endless views, a nice spa bath on the deck etc etc. The riding was hard especially because we had to climb up to the top both days, and because one of my riding partners is dam fast and likes to drop me….. He always does, except on race day;) anyway we always have big battles in training and I hate to admit it but he won both days. Look out 40-44 males at world championships this year!!!!!

Another cool training story I have from the past couple of weeks was last saturday, my mate is training for world champs open water swimming, so he did 8km straight with the last 1500 for time. He practised the feeding etc that he will use for the races, mostly for the 25km of which the worlds will be his first ever!! anyway Trent never drinks coffee, or anything with caffiene in it. Well he decieded to try a “no doz” tablet half way in. No doz is caffeine, 100mg I think, so like a red bull and a bit and gee did it give Trento wings. Having held a steady 1:10ish pace for the 6.5km he kicked it down and went 15:42 for the last 1500!!!! he was white and shaking at the end and couldn’t sleep all day!!! His PB for 1500 is “only” 15:12 so maybe he is going to warm up for 6k from now on!!!!! Trent is a hard arsed trainer, for the past 5years I’ve watched him turn up to squad every afternoon 30min early to get in his extra 2km before the rest of the squad. His techinque is average, he has noooo speed but has worked his arse off to get where he is now and can’t wait for him to dip under 15min soon. Watch his name Trent Grimsey. He’s been great motivation for me.

ok will speak to you all soon, after my Korean “mountain” Race.
PS, i’ve just re-read this, sounds like i’m jealous of not being in sui with the team hehehehe so next blog will try not to use the words, Alpe, mountain, altitude, thin air, etc etc heehehe