well yesterday didn’t really go to plan. My conditon is great on swim and bike and since finishing IM Japan 3 weeks ago with no pain at all in my achillies I trained well and looked foward to improving the run…ok not a proper run time, but off the run training I’d done, enough to win the race.
The swim went ok, was real rough surf conditons that obviously doesn’t worry me coming from Australia. Myself and Jan Rehula broke away instantly and did a good job I thought of negotiating the currents, waves and navigation. Although with 200m to swim Jan pulls this awesome wave and flys right by me so opens up 1min lead on me just like that….that’s surf for you, I’ve watched 1million hours of it to know most times its just luck but Jan is very good in surf having lived in Manly beach,Australia for a long time body surfing.
Once onto the bike I felt average to start, but worked into it and knew the harder parts would start at halfway. I got a split at 50km and was 5min!!!now behind Jan, but we then turned into psyco headwind and hills now and I went by Jan just before 90km. Not long after this is where the course got really ugly, the wind was just insane, dangerous insane and I was waiting for an official to tell me the race was cancelled, but I pushed on, then we entered this thick fog, I couldn’t see more than 30m infront and descending on wet roads not knowing the course was scary as hell especially when all of a sudden you would pass an intersection not knowing if they had stopped the cars as being first through and not being able to actually see me coming until it was too late, so I had to go soooo slow and never on the tribars. Eventually the fog cleared as we got back down the mountain but then the crosswinds began to be real bad again, again no tribars, and not really racing, more just survival to not crash. Thoughts went to a guy, Paul Crake, an aussie pro cyclist who was blown off the road a few years ago in a race and became paraplegic, so now can easily see how that happened. The last 30km I went into a hole as for the last 50k I hadn’t been able to eat or drink much at all due to not being able to let go of the handle bars.
I got off with about 10min lead to Jan and what looked like 30min or more to third. My energy returned and actually felt like I was running ok pace in parts, but after about 12km my calf and achillies started to nag, I tried not to worry about it but it continued, so I started to walk a bit and thought maybe it would loosen up. I started to run again but it was still there, by this stage Jan went past me, but I wasn’t too concerned about that as I thought if I can walk/shuffle I’ll still get 2nd but it was getting worse and so I just walked. After 14km of walking(loooonnnnnggg time) I got in contact with the race director to see if they are putting into effect the 10% rule for prizemoneny(if you dont come within 10% of the 2nd places time no prizemoney) and he said yes for sure. So that was it and I pulled out. Didn’t see the use of walking another 14km just to say I finished, sure I would of if my leg didn’t hurt and I was just tired, but to risk damaging it more and just to say I’m tuff, that ain’t me, I’ve lost enough run training in past 2 years (12months all up) to go though more time off. If I sound a little depressed, well that’s cos I am, when you train so hard, and have all the skills to be fighting at the front on the world stage, but injury is holding you back it can really piss you off. I know many have it tuffer and many have it the same as me so I just have to keep on keeping on.
On a positive note, Jeju Island is beautiful, as a training venue I can easily see it being ideal, especially for hawaii Ironman, I mean how much better could it get being able to go to Hawaii and know that you’ve trained in hotter, hillier, windier place!!!!
Congrats also to the Wongstar, that was a great race, for a “non” swimmer these conditions would of been extremely daunting.
Also Jan Rehula has looked after us really well, he is of course a true sutto sucsess story and although he coaches the Korean National team now, believe me he still trains alot, a real lot. How about waking up race morning and feeling too full still from dinner the night before???hmmm what to do, I know myself, I’d think well it won’t be a problem I’ll burn through that tody I’m pretty sure. Not Jan, he jumps on the treadmill for a light 6.5km run warm up!!!!!!!!!!!
Also, this morning my achillies feels not too bad, but my lower calf is sore and tender, so I think my crack diagnosise is I might of slightly strained/torn my calf. obviously not too bad though as I can still walk on it easily, so hopefully not too much of a setback and hopefully something seperate to the achillies that has plagued my season so far.
Ok off to swim training now bye bye.