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A communist Endeavor.

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

I had my typical swim, jumped onto my 2008 Cervelo P3 with HED. 60 wheels and immediately got into my pedal stroke. Once Tim “the Hawaiian” Marr rode by me, I decided to pace off him, that decision cause some chronic so called “aussie liquid laughs” while sculling down water or electrolyte or any solid calories. To my amazement, it would only be at the 130km mark of the cycle portion of the race that the eventual race winner Olaf “super low cadence’ Shabatus would ride up to us.

Then, systematicaly, all the numbers increased, of which caused me to lose touch, and ride into T2 in 4th position, over 6 minutes down the lead.

I started the run slow and steady, climbed in 3rd place halfway through the run.

My legs seriously started to tighten up by 23km, genuinely hindering my range of motion, making me feel like my legs where 10 inches long!!!

I jogged and speed walked to the finish line.

I need to get some ‘Chris McDonald toughness” in a bottle and have it for breakfast, as my abilities to push my body when stressed and strained beyond anything I have ever felt, is well, questionable…

I sincerely believed for the majority of that race, that a podium finish was within grasp, it was, it is, and it will be!

SBMA Triathlon

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Last Sunday me and a handfull of my squadrons competed in a race organised right here on our training grounds!

It was a bizzar sprint distance, long swim, hilly bike and running around the airport drinking tap water.

I really enjoyed the format of the girls leaving 5 minutes before the men, just like the equalizer at the LifeTime Fitness Triathlon.

So, I had my work cut out for me, I had to chase down a multiple Ironman champion and a World Cup champion.

After a clean start, I quikly swam through a few and then passed some more until I realised that Nicola “the best drafter in the world” Spirig was on my feet for her 3rd lap, which was my 2nd, I was left with an important desicion, slow her down or drop her? By the time I made up my mind, I was on my bike ridding up hill.

Up and down up and down I caught up Belinda near the end of the ride and was looking for to running down Nicola, because well, you gotta see the race suit se was wearing. Anyway, as I dreamed, I passed Nico early in the run and cruise to the finish line.

I was quickly greated by my doc who prescribe a 9km run around the airport to warm down, done and done.

China here I come!