It has been almost two weeks since I arrived back home in Brazil! It is always great to come back after a long trip, everybody is very excited to see you again, your mom cooks your favorite food and the happiness is everywhere!
I took three days very easy with my training to make my body get back again in the jet leg then I already started to follow a program with the goal of slowly build my strength back in the next few weeks to be able to reach 100% of my fitness in beginning of November when I will race Ironman 70.3 in Clearwater.
Last Sunday as party of my preparation I decide to race one of the three stages of the Brazilian championship in Rio de Janeiro!
The race venue is very well locate just in front the most popular post cards of the city what make the event much more enjoyable.
I had a very good swimming and exit the water in top 3 position, however the group was very big at this point, so I push very hard on the 150m run from the beach to the T1 and just hammered on the first 5km bike ride, the peloton broke in two groups, one with seven athletes in front, and another on with around 20 athletes behind. I try to make the guys in front with me work hard and by the end of the bike we have almost 3 min leader. Diogo Sclebin whose one the first stage of the championship in April was with me, he was age group world champion ( 20-24) in 2006 and since that he has improving his level each year. I knew he could run fast as well because that I try to put the pace on straight after the T2 where I got a gap of 20m immediately, I was felling very strong and kept pushing until the end where I had a comfortable leader and then I could enjoy the last meters of the race!
I am happy with my day and I know it was important to bring the felling of racing in front back again once my last races was not good at all. Now my next race it will be in 2 weeks time in Dallas –TX , the last race of the “ Life Time Fitness circuit”. That it will be my first race of this kind in America and I am looking forward to see how I will compete.