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Cam Watt Ironman Jeju Korea

July 7th, 2009 by cameronwatt

I leave oz again in the morning headed to Jeju Island, Korea for the 10th anniversary of the Ironman there. Although no longer an official M Dot Ironman anymore it is still the same course etc as the old Ironman Korea.

I’m looking foward to getting there as I’ve heard such good things about this place as it’s the venue of the TBB pre Hawaii training camp, and Rei has told me about it also from his pre Olympic camp there too. I also have friends that have done the old Ironman Korea and tell of how brutal the heat is in the run, well I’m prepared mentally for it but don’t think it will be that bad as it used to be held in August not July.

The body is in great condition after Japan Ironman, and after having the week after that race pretty easy, this past week I’ve been abole to put in some pretty hard training, done some good work in the pool with the swimmers finishing off there worlds prep, done some tuff riding in the hills including a smash fest last sunday up and down the sunshine coast hinterland with the sunny coast crew and well more running solo, but my biggest week since January!!!!

I’m not sure who’s racing other than the Wongstar, and Korea’s favourite athlete Park Bung Houng. Park is great, he;s had some great podiums in Ironmans over the last 10years and has run a 2:19 marathon(not in tri) but he is an aweful swimmer. When he’s in the race though you can never give up as you know he won’t and he’ll be doing his all to catch you by the end. In Japan I put 12min!!! into him in the swim, another 11min on the bike but at 38km of the run I got a tap on the bum from him as he ran by!!!! I’ve raced Park 3 times this year, it’s 2-1 to me, but he’s so funny he loves to smack talk before the race. He cracks me up.

I can’t wait for the rematch hehehehe So the goals for this weekend,
1) Build on my Japan race……ie shuffle quicker hehehe
2) Beat Park
3) avoid wongstar trying to die my hair black n pink
4) act as bodygaurd to wongstar when mobbed by her 18-29 male grouppies
5) burn enough calories so that I can come back and eat and drink up at the cafe on the bike the week after the race!
6) earn enough money to buy the above coffee’s and sticky date puddings as I think it’s my shout

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Cam Watt's Ironman Japan

June 21st, 2009 by cameronwatt

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)

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Cam Watt’s Ironman Japan

June 21st, 2009 by cameronwatt

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)

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Korean ITU Long Course

June 16th, 2009 by cameronwatt

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!!!!

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Tour de Asia

June 8th, 2009 by cameronwatt

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

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May 3rd, 2009 by cameronwatt

Today I raced the Noumea international Olympic distance race. End result I came 10th. I knew I would have my work cut out for me against the short course specialists but that’s no excuse as cam brown and and pat vernay came 2nd and 4th.
I came out of the water in the lead pack but parts were quiet hard as they didn’t allow speedsuits and my suit had pockets for ironman and felt at times like I had dragsuit on.
I got dropped after 20km on bike by brown and vernay and eventual winner aussie Aaron Farlow which left me in between the front pack and the chase pack for the 2nd half of the bike. I’m pretty dissapointed with getting dropped by these guys but I always seem to struggle when the intensity is real high for some reason, I guess I’m a deisel kinda engine guy. Anyway, I know the pace was high as cam brown said after race he rates his ride as best ride he’s ever done averaging 330watts! Small consolation I guess although i want to be the one dropping this guy. I ran pretty well I thought for my run prep, I think I ran 36 or 37 worst case with no pain in my foot or acillies so I’m happy that this was a big step in puttting this injury behind me.

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A thought piece…C.M.Watt

April 24th, 2009 by cameronwatt

It’s been nearly 3 weeks since my last race (attempted race anyway), Ironman Australia. I physically recovered really quickly from it, as I pulled out after 14km and a lot of the physical damage done in ironman is from the remaining 28km of running that I didn’t do. I admit though that for a week after the race I struggled to mentally recover from for lack of a better word, dissapointment. I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to race for the win, but I guess that I want it so bad and have worked so hard for it for so long it was painful to watch others achieve what I know could have been mine had I not injured myself.

My girlfriend Mel, kicked my butt everyday as she knew I was down, Brett was swift and to the point with me too, and then at swim training the coach much in the same way Brett and Mel said reinforced it, I got no time to waste, so stop feeling sorry for yourself. Pretty soon I was distracted by training pain, instead of mental weakness pain.

So I have put in a few good weeks of training now, and some great running on my improving foot. It’s feeling much the same now as it did the middle of last year, and it wasnt long after then that I was running 100%.

I am racing next weekend in Noumea, New Caledonia; which is an French owned Island in the Pacific Ocean just east of Australia. It is an Olympic Distance race that has been going for a long time and if you ever get a chance to skim through the past results you’ll see how prestigous a race it once was. Mark Allen in the mid ninties came 8th!!!! Greg Welch, Brad Bevan, Scott Molina, Spencer Smith, SImon Lessing,Craig Alexander, Chris McCormack, you name it they’ve raced there, and not all have won it.

The race is put on by Guy Vernay, father of Patrick Vernay, winner of Roth 08, and Ironman OZ three times and they are very gracious hosts, hey it’s the least they can do when Patrick , the quintessential athlete, keeps coming to Australia and winning our races!!!!

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IM OZ 2/3rds

April 5th, 2009 by cameronwatt

well the mud has settled from ironman oz for 2009. The whole week rained and race day was no different.
I took off hard at start and lead for first 1km but probably a bit too hard but I wanted to make a selection early, but once pete Jacobs came round me and surged I had to loose his feet and then watch him swim 25m ahead of me for the remaining swim. Once onto the bike a group formed of deboom, hect, thompson and Jacobs but they were sitting on and not looking like they wanted to push pace so I pushed hard and opened up about 2min which stayed like that for 150km. Behind me the group had swelled with all the top runners such as vernay and tim Berkel. Into transition I had 3min and settled into my rythem and pace that Brett had planned for me, as our goal was to be able to run the whole 42 and maybe that pace could get me 5th or so which we would of been estatic with considering my pretty much non existant run prep. I lost the lead at the 6km mark to vernay and Berkel then dropped place after place. After 12km my foot started to niggle so I thought best not to ruin it for another month for no reason so I pulled out after 14km.
So last year I was first outta water here, this year first off bike so next year will be first after run!!! I’ve won the half ironman here so just have to work on joining the pieces together….
So I’m looking toward next race which is in noumea,new caladonia home of patrick vernay on may 3rd
Now off to presso to celebrate beks 2nd n abi’s 4th!!!

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Singapore 70.3

March 22nd, 2009 by cameronwatt

well I have just finished the Singapore 70.3 for 2009. I went into this race with two objectives set by the boss. 1) get a good effort out in preperation for ironman Australia which is only two weeks away and 2) don’t hurt my achillies and foot injury, so shuffle run:(.

The swim went well despite getting bogged down at first turn where I was 2nd and giving myself a hard chase for next 400m to get back onto 1st place feet. The pace then slowed quite a bit so I rested and began thinking of the bike. I was first onto bike and put in a effort straight away to break away but at top of climb I had macca, crowie, rei, Simon Thompson and pete Jacobs tagged on. So went to plan B on bike wait till 60km for an attack. Until then it was just me and macca pulling turns until the base of climb on last lap where I attacked it with a bit more gusto, I managed to drop thompson and Jacobs but just didn’t have the legs today to rid myself of crowie or macca( hey they are world champions)but was stoked Rei was there. So I pounded away for the remanded of bike leg hoping that the high pace would suit rei for the run. Once onto the run I got into my shuffle mode straight away which is soooo frustrating when you want to go and have the lungs and legs to go but can’t due to injury, but I had doc’s voice in my head the whole time to slow down and be dicsiplined to protect my leg. So in the end I think I was 7th, good swim bike session despite having bad legs from the hard training this week butthis will help me when I freshen up for port maq in two weeks.
The whole weekend has been great, I love this town and the race organizers look after us so well. So thanks to all my sponsors, Alex, Brett made this weekend fun, meeting and speakng with Morgan Nicol of Oval concepts, thanks to Nick and Ali Munting, Graeme Hannan and crew. I’ll be back for sure for a 4th time and run this next time like I can!!!!!
I am tiring of the swim biker tag, I can run, I have run, so all have patience with me and I’ll show you too!!!cos it sure is testing my patience!!!!!

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Thank you subic hello Singapore 3rd times a charm

March 18th, 2009 by cameronwatt

well today I leave subic bay, where I have been based for past 3weeks. The training has gone well and its been great to meet all my new teammates even though havent got to spend extended time with many of them. I am off to Singapore for the 70.3. I have been looking foward to this race for a while now, almost impatiently. I have raced it twice before, the first time I was extremly dissapointed as I got a punture while in the lead of the front pack at the 70km mark, nearly taking the others down in the process. So a DNF.
Last year was a little better where I lead off the bike by 2min, but with limited run training was run down by the itu specialists, end result 5th.
This year I am so happy that macca and crowie are racing, yeah it will be tuff for sure but I seem to get more motivated when I race the best, they aren’t the only two in the race aswell so will be a tuff encounter, just what the doc ordered!!! Tomorrow we have an interview with ESPN which will be good but will have to get infront of mirror before it, as we don’t have one here in subic for the past 3 weeks. I even had to ride down to Bretts hotel room to shave the other week before the team photoshoot. Last night Reinaldo and I were at the local mall and he tried on some new clothes and caught a glimpse of himself in the mirror for tue first time in a week and his face was covered in bike grease!! He asked me how long it had been like that hehehe.

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