Just few hours ago I was racing here in Washington my first ITU race since Beijing oliypic games.
It feels quite strage to be back to the circuit but after a while it gets normal once all the faces around are still the same.
Because I don´thave many point in the ranking at the moment my start number was very high what means I will be one of the last ones to pick a position in the pontoon to start the swimming.
The 1500m swim was in a river and because of the bad wheater in last few day it was full of robish as tree pieces on the chanel whose it was crossing one of the side of the pontoon. Of course this side was were the last positions were lefting and where I started the race.
I tried to do a good start but I kept hiting all this robish what made me breack feel strokes and put me behind the pack.
Even with a bad swim I was able to get on the main pack with out problems,however 5 guys were ahead us and by the end of the bike there had a gap of more than 2minutes.
I had a good T2 and start the run with the leaders of my pack, but after 1500m my body really hurt with that fast pacing what I guess it is not that used anymore, it took my few km to put my everything together again and I end up running my last 5km very well and picked up few position back, however I was not able to catch up with the front guys anymore and I finished on 19th place.
Now I will try to correct the some detail to have a better race at Des Moines next weekend.
Archive for June, 2009
Last weekend I was racing in Florianopolis the race that I considered the most important in my season until now: “Ironman Brazil”.
As always the days before this race were quite busy because the media coverage it is more than what we are used too and also in such long race as this one there are much more detail to be taken care, but slowly everything was set up and I could rest well before the race.
The weather condition for the race day was the big question before the race once the first cold winds of the year were just hitting the region and that could bring the temperature very low very quickly, however the day on the race was cloud but warn enough to be nice to everyone.
I had a very good start on the swimming and after couple hundred meters I was just on the feet of the leader where I stayed pretty much to end of 3.8.km swim with out problems.
Right after T1 I got the leading of the race and I started to ride solid but under control. Around 40km mark the argentine Eduardo Sturla caught me and started to push the pace vey hard for 20km, I was suffering a bit to hold that speed but after some while the pace started to slow down and I could ride again comfortable.
I rode right behind Eduardo until 25km to go when he got a little gap on me and he used that to attack and get some time ahead before the marathon. I exited T2 around 5 minutes behind but I was confident I still could put a nice pace and fight for the victory and I did that for the first half, however after 21km my legs started to feel very dead and they were not smoothing nicely as before, so the distance between me and Eduardo just increased what I could see with 10km to the end that it was impossible to get back to him so I just took easier to guarantee my second position and my Hawaii slot.
Even with out the victory on the race I am pretty happy with my day, I know the winner put together an amusing performance what made my day very hard, however my slot to race in Kona this year is confirmed and I am looking very forward to race my first time put there.
Nesse ultimo final de semana eu estava competindo em Florianópolis a prova a qual eu preparei-me com um foco maior praticamente desde o inicio dessa temporada, o Ironman Brasil 2009.
Como sempre essa é uma prova especial e os dias que antecedem o evento são bastante cheios, pois a cobertura da mídia é muito boa e também os preparativos para uma prova de longa duração como essa são sempre mais detalhados, mas aos poucos tudo acertado e puder descansar muito bem antes da prova.
.O clima do dia da prova era a maior duvida que se pairava sobre os atletas, pois a cada dia que se passava a temperatura ficava um pouco mais baixa e as noticias eram que uma grande massa de ar Polar se aproximava da região trazendo a primeira frente fria mais intensa do ano, no entanto no dia prova apesar do sol não ter brilhado com muita forca o dia acabou sendo bem agradável.
Tive uma boa largada na etapa da natação e logo nos primeiros metros já estava posicionado na segunda colocação onde permaneci ate a saída da praia sem maior dificuldade.
Logo no inicio do ciclismo assumi a liderança e procurei imprimir um ritmo sólido ao qual eu me mantivesse sob controle. Por volto dos 40kms o argentino Eduardo Sturla me alcançou e começou a pedalar num ritmo muito forte ao qual eu pude acompanhá-lo porem com certa dificuldade, após uns 20km nesse ritmo alucinante o ritmo começou a se estabilizar e então pude voltar a pedalar com maior conforto.
Mantive-me em contato direto com Sturla ate os últimos 25km do ciclismo quando então ele conseguiu abrir um pequena distancia antes de uma subida e percebendo-se dessa pequena vantagem se aproveitou-se para atacar, eu mantive-me no mesmo ritmo ate o final dessa etapa da prova e inicie a maratona por volta de 5min atrás do Líder, estava me sentindo muito bem e minhas pernas respondiam muito bem durante os primeiros 20kms porem após essa etapa não pude mais manter o ritmo e lutar pela vitória, dessa forma procurei me poupar nos últimos 10km para terminar a prova sem maiores problemas uma vez que o terceiro colocado se mantinha a uma distancia muito grande.
Apesar de não ter obtido a vitória eu estou feliz com minha prova, pois o vencedor da prova apresentou um desempenho “impecável” e realmente dificultou minhas chances de brigar pelo titulo, porem a vaga para o Mundial de Ironman no Hawaii desse ano foi garantida e estou muito ansioso para competir pela primeira vez na ilha de Kona.