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Brazilian champs…

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

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Hi,
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.

Keep going…

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

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Hi,
After couple weeks from my first Olympics games race, where things did not go as I expected and prepared to, I left Beijing few day after the race and I was able to put my feet on the ground and focus in my next race: Singapore 70.3.
My first days of training in Subic Bay-Philippines were very busy, my only team mate here with me ( Matt) had a bike crash on the way to the pool in the first morning after I arrived and he broke his colorbone. I went with him straight to the hospital and after few hours there to do all procedures and the exams we had a meeting with the doctor and he said Matt should do a surgery once that would make his recovery much better and quickly, only matter in this case it was the hospital it was just allowed to do bone surgeries on Tuesday and Thursday what mean we would need to wait 3 more day before Matt to get to the surgery room. Few days very hard for Matt once he was in a lot of pain and could not move at all his right arm! However on Tuesday night his surgery was over and everything went great, in 2 day he left the hospital and now he does not feel any pain anymore and he also can move already well his arm!
After this unplanned situation I finally could get my head down to the train program and make my body ready for my race.
Last year I had a very happy day over there and I was able to claim my first ever 70.3 victory, this year I am coming back with more experience in this kind of race once I won Pucon 70.3 in January of this year and also I had very good performances in other race with this same distance. The start list of this year it is very strong, many good guy are expect to be on the race what it will make the competition level very high, I am confident I can have another good day and perform on my best what it will give me a nice chance to defend my Title.
Watch up for next Sunday because it has everything to be a much exacted Triathlon race!