Last weekend marked the start of my 2012 race season even though I raced Challenge Wanaka back in January I felt as if that was the end of my 2011 as from NZ I went straight to camp where I spent 3 hard months of training in Australia!
So Saturday’s race at Wildflower was a good opportunity to shake the cob webs as well as get in 1 last big effort before my upcoming Ironman TX on the 19th of May… I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was terribly disappointed to finish 11th and just 1 spot out of the money but as usual Doc was right as he told me before hand that I wasn’t going to make any cash that this was about getting in a hard effort but as I crept my way through the field all day, receiving reports that I was as high as 7th, to finish and find out I came 11th, left me gutted for a few hours!
But all in all it was a fantastic weekend, as the organizers did an incredible job with this event! The way they looked out for all the athletes, not just the pros was such a great sight to see! I sometimes rang on racing in the states because at some events the atmosphere can pail in comparison to over seas but this was not the case here, far from it! I highly recommend the Wildflower experience!
I won’t bore you with the details of how my race went, I will simply state I had my best swim over this distance, rode strong on the flats and uphills, and fought like hell on the run! A bit of a tough course for the “little man” but perfect preparation for Ironman TX! I will admit that I did underestimate the course as well but would embrace the opportunity to go back next year as these types of course make you hard!!
I’m now back on the Jersey Shore with James in tow…My original plan was to stay out in CA until the Ironman TX but James loves the Jersey Shore soooo much that he insisted we base here for the next few weeks while I do some final prep work for TX and he continues to race himself back into shape!
Check back in a few weeks to see if I can take another chunk of time off my marathon time!!!
Thanks for reading!