One week ago when I crossed the finish line at the IM World Champs at Hawaii, I was kind of glad that it all came to an end. I`m not talking about the race itself or the somewhat resinous marathon at the end, no I am talking about the past 4 months.
The Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, the most important race of the year. Kona is the place where are racing the best long distance athletes of the year. Every athlete is showing up in his best shape. The Tri Magazines all over the world full of racing tactics, reports, comparisons, material studies and other race reviews. All the big companies show there newes products. The expectations are high, you want to be good and not disappoint your self or your team, coach, sponser, family, friends.
My last four months have been marked by huge training volumes, hard racing and sponsors/media commitments. Again and again I was approached on the subject of Hawaii: “second place last year, now you want to win?” I tried to circumvent this issue diplomatically or something to bring to the understanding that a ranking can not really be an objective goal. Together with the still somewhat new and unusual media attention, I had to handle with my first injury (foot) which came at spring. My preparation for the european season had to get changed because I missed 3 month of good running. I tried to remain myself to be professional and get the best out of the situation.
It is now seven days ago, when I had crossed completely exhausted the finish line in Hawaii. I used the last week to recover in my way and let the race going through my mind again and again. My feelings fluctuate between, “I am overjoyed and proud that I`ve shown an offensive race and finished fifth at the World Championships in Hawaii” and “with a tactical mistake I`ve forgiven the top3″ . What is worse … to mourn for something you tried but has not worked that well … or … to mourn for something because you have not tried it?
About the race itself, there really is not much to write. I swam, biked and ran. I opted for an aggressive race and it didn`t discourage me, even if the race changed few times. Go hard from the gun, thats how I`m racing, thats how taught me my coach. I suffered got back in to the race and tryed to do my best at the moment – that’s what makes me proud. I made some mistakes, some wrong decisions and I know I can do it better – that’s what makes me keep going. ”Victory comes in different shapes and sizes sometimes”.
Thank you all for cheering behind the computer or TV on raceday and the countless mails, text messages and FB mails after the race.
Thank you : Team TBB for possibility which I received, coach Brett for your trust and Thank you to all my sponsors (Cervélo, 2XU, AVIA, Louis Garneau, 3T, John Cobb, Sponser, Currex, FuelBelt, Oakley, BC Beaker Concepts Inc ) for your support this year.