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One week to go

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

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(photo: Jay Prasuhn)

With one week to go before Brazil Ironman I already did all the work I should do to prepare myself to this race. I feel very fit and for sure this year is the one I could dedicate more time to train for this race.
To work a bit my speed and also make some cash I was last weekend on Brasilia to race an Olympic distance race, as usually a race like this become so “short” with all the long session we do to train for an IM race, so I could push all the way long from the start to the end, with a good swimming I jump o my bike in 3rd place and with my feet still out of the bike shoes I attack very hard to gain a gap on the pack and ride away. I start the run almost 3 minutes ahead the main group but I still felt very good to go hard until I crossed the finish line to take the victory.
After the race I came back straight to my training where my sessions this week surprise me a lot what makes me very confident in a good race next Sunday in Florianopolis.

Com uma semana para o Ironman Brasil eu já fiz todos os principais treinos que eu deveria fazer para me preparar para essa competição. Eu me sinto muito bem treinado uma vez que esse ano dentre todos os anteriores foi o que eu tive mais tempo para me dedicar na preparação para essa prova.
Para trabalhar um pouco minha velocidade e também fazer um pouco de dinheiro eu estive semana passada em Brasília para competir a segunda etapa do circuito nacional SESC de provas olímpicas. Como de costume um prova olímpica se torna bastante “curta” com todos os treinos longos que fazemos para um Ironman, então eu pude puxar o ritmo do início ao fim, e com uma natação muito boa eu fui o terceiro colocado a subir na bike e consegui atacar logo de cara com meus pés ainda fora da sapatilha para consegui me desgarrar no grupo principal e abrir distancia ate o final do ciclismo com a ajuda de Adriano Sacheto, o único atleta que permaneceu comigo, no inicio da corrida tínhamos quase 3 minutos de vantagem para o pelotão e logo na primeira volta já estava sozinho na frente, mesmo assim me senti muito bem para puxar o ritmo ate o final e vence pelo segundo ano seguido essa prova.
Após a competição eu voltei direto para os treinamentos onde tive desempenhos que me surpreenderam muito nessa semana o que aumenta minha confiança numa boa prova semana que vem em Floripa.

Avia Wildflower Triathlon

Friday, May 8th, 2009

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(photo: Tey Eng Tiong)

Last weekend I was racing in Wildflower.
It is not too far from Brazil if we compare with Asia or even some places of Europe, but my trip to get there was quite long if we add all the driving plus flights time, however I had couple good day over day to rest well.
Everybody when I ask before the race keep telling me how demanding the course was with all the hills on the bike and on the run. On the race day I could feel it by my own what exactly they were talking about, I exited the water few second behind the main group but with less than 10km on the bike I was already in touch with the leaders.
I was felling very, very strong to go up hill how ever for some reason I was struggling to keep up with the guys on the down hills, so every time I build ahead the guy on the hills they were taking back to go down.
Anyway I kept up with the guys almost until T2 when they just put a little gap on me, by the time I was getting my bike on the rack they had pretty much exited to the run. That actually was not too bad because I could start the half marathon on my own pace and slowly start to build up. After couple miles I started to get some position back and by mile 6 I was in second position with just Andy Potty ahead me. However the hilly course took a lot from my legs and I was not able to keep the same pacing to the end, so I lost one position to Eneko Lanos by mile number 9 and he slowly opened the a gap to me finishing few second ahead.
I was not 100% prepare to race a half ironman once I am in my heaviest part of my training to IM Brazil, so… I am very, very happy to reach a podium in this race.