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Learning a few lessons « Mathias Hecht's Blog


Learning a few lessons

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!

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