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Learning a few lessons

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Last few weeks have been a bit of a fight. I really wanted to go and do this Ironman NYC race. the doc told me not to go. as we don’t do Kona race. so no need to do a points race, travel, loose training days. but I thought it is good money and a great course mixed with hot and humid weather. a few ingredients for a tough race. yes, not tough like Embrunman, but I would say in the list of WTC races it is in the top 5. which is really sad. as now they dont have St.George anymore. and most of the tougher courses have no points and no money. I observe this developments with concern.

Since Ironman Switzerland I had a few issues with my right hamstring. not strained or anything. just neural pain which I later (too late as after IM New York) found out had to do with my lower (more aerodynamic) position on my new bike. Lesson learned once more. More aerodynamic is not always better. as it also means more tear on your hamstrings, lower back etc. if this are your weak areas already, you better be careful with changing to a lower cockpit. in my case, I ended up with cramping on the bike after 90km already. one big fight to make it back to T2 … then walking , jogging, walking until 12km … to end up on the side of the road in full pain not ready to keep going like this.

So now I hope to get all back to normal. As I have a few more goals this year. Maybe there is no Kona, but I think this is a good thing as well. For me it is all about the training now. Throwing in a race here and there. But just to mix it up a bit. Focus must be my running now. as long term, this is where I have to make the next step. then we go back to Kona. when I am ready!

long term thinking

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Ironman Switzerland is 3 weeks back now. it has been a disappointing race for me. Reflections are good, but too much thinking is not gonna help much. It was not my first bad day at the office. And at the end I still finished on the podium. So it was “failing” at a high level. No point to try to find reasons for it. there could be hundreds of them.

So, best thing to do is keep moving forward. get back into training, get the routine back, work hard day in day out. I know what I have to work on. I can swim and bike with the best in the world. but my run is just not competitive enough (yet) to get into the top 5 in Kona. We have a long term plan and I have to be patient with myself. Sometimes you take a few steps back before you take a big one forward. But I am a big believer in hard work and I know anything is possible.

So tomorrow I fly to New York City to race in the Ironman US Championship a week later (August 11). It will only be 4 weeks after IM Switzerland. But this wont be about the result, this will be about getting a good long training day in and just see what happens. Expectations are not there for once. I just go , do it, and come back home. Not breaking my routine too much. It is not even about the points now. It is about the process to be able to run a fast marathon of a super strong bike one day.

after 11 X Ironman top3 it is time for the next step. maybe not this year or next year, but sooner or later … it will happen.