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The Philippines & Koh Samui

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

A little over 2 weeks ago I travelled from Mooloolaba to the beautiful Pico De Loro resort on the Hamilo Coast in the Philippines for the launch of the new ‘Alaska Team TBB Philippines’ which I’m proud to be part of in 2012. I was already well acquainted with Ali, Matt and of course Caroline but it was great to meet all of the young Pilipino kids who’ll also be making up our new team. We had 4 days at the resort to get to know each other then we travelled to Manilla for the official launch of the team to the Pilipino media and a I have to say a big congratulations here to Alex, Brett, Fred, David and everyone else involved with organising this event because it was a much bigger show than I was expecting.

I stayed the night in Manilla and then flew out to Thailand the following morning for the inaugural Koh Samui triathlon. I had been looking forward to racing Koh Samui for some time but to be honest when I arrived I was really tired from all the travel I’d done the week before. It was warm and humid in the Philippines but when I got off the plane at Koh Samui airport I was shocked at how unbelievably hot and humid it was. Because of my tiredness and the heat I really cut back the amount of training I usually do in the lead up to a race and spent most of the time lying in bed with the aircon on.

The race kicked off at 7:30am and it was already 30 degrees, it wasn’t much of a relief diving into the water for the 4km swim either because the water temp was also 30 degrees. About half way through the swim I was already feeling the heat and I just decided that the race today was going to be about survival. A group of 4 of us left the water with a good gap to the second group. We got out onto the 122km bike course which was two laps of the island and we rode pretty solid for the first lap and our lead over the second pack had blown out and extra few minutes. At this point our group was joined by TBB’s Aaron Farlow. Unfortunately about half way through the second lap of the ride young Australian Ben Allen punctured so it was down to 4. Then with about 10km to go on the bike Aaron Farlow dropped his chain on one of the many steep pinches so it was down to 3.

The last 7 or 8km of the ride was a real struggle for me because I was cramping badly in my abductors which was a bit of a concern because I had a 30km run coming up in the heat of the day. Myself, Faris Al-Sultan and Dirk Bockel entered the second transition together. My legs felt good when I started running but then after about 500m I cramped badly again in the hamstring this time. I had to stand there and stretch for 30 or 40 seconds as Faris and Dirk ran away. The cramp eased eventually and I got into my rhythm. About 5km later I caught Dirk and went past. The run was out and back with a lot of long stretches of road so I could see Faris in the distance up ahead of me the whole way.

Coming into the 15km turn around point I crossed paths with Faris – a world and European ironman champion, I took the turn and 30 seconds later crossed paths with Marino vanhoenacker – the current ironman world record holder, 30 seconds later I crossed paths with Aaron Farlow – 2 time iron distance champion and then 30 seconds later I saw Marcel Zamora – 5 time ironman champion. I was feeling good at the turn and I thought I was in with a chance of the win but I knew I’d have my work cut out for me with the blokes that were around.

At the 18km point I picked up the pace and eventually reeled in Faris after 23km. I got a lead over him straight away and just didn’t look back. I crossed the line in first which I was really happy about firstly because despite this race being in its first year it’s one of the best paying races on the circuit and secondly because my goal now is Kona and this race showed I can handle the heat.

I’m back home at Mooloolaba now preparing for my next race at Ironman Cairns in 5 weeks.

All the best.

DD.

Some highlights from Koh Samui

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Ironman Melbourne

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

A few weeks back I competed in the inaugural Ironman Melbourne. Going into the race I was happy with my preparation which consisted of a five week training camp up at Thredbo, then another great camp at Mooloolaba with Team TBB. Despite the great preparation I still had a few nerves leading into Melbourne because this was a very important race for me in regards to earning points towards Kona qualification. Towards the end of 2011 I had skipped some good opportunities for Kona points in Europe to solely concentrate on the Noosa triathlon. That decision had paid off but left me with only a few points that I collected at Phuket 70.3 leaving me ranked well outside of the top 100 (there’s 50 slots available for Kona)

The swim went well and I just settled into the front group of about 10. There was a few ups and downs for me on the bike but I eventually got into the second transition with the front group of 9 or 10. I got a bit of a shock in the second transition with how fast all of the others got out onto the run, I thought with a marathon to come everyone would take their time a bit but I only had both socks on and I was the only one left in the change tent. I eventually got out onto the run and the first little section was an out and back and I got to see everyone in front of me and I got another shock of how fast they were running and how far I was behind already. I tried not to get too flustered and just started to get into my own rhythm. It was 5km before I pegged back the first competitor, then at 20km I was feeling really good and caught a group of three and moved up into 5th. At this point I made a pretty big mistake, I was in a great rhythm and doing it easy and I backed it off for the whole 3rd 10km stretch. I took this conservative approach because in my first iron distance event 9 months before hand at Challenge Cairns I absolutely went to pieces at the 25km mark and went through the worst hour and half of my life just to get to the finish. I really should have backed myself and my training more and kept up my pace. I made it to the 30km mark and picked up the pace again and was taking time out of the guy in 4th but I’d left my run to late and came in 5th. I was a bit annoyed after the finish because I still had some fuel in the tank but that was a good race experience and I won’t be backing off after 20km ever again.

I crossed the line with an 8:04, a 2:45 marathon and 2400 Kona points which moved me up into the top 25 on the rankings. I’ve recovered well from Melbourne and I’m looking forward to my next race now in Koh Samui, Thailand on the 22nd of April.

All the best.

DD.

Myself and Caroline at the finish line after her awesome race.