I was planning this weekend on racing Aqua-Bike portion of the 19th annual Great Floridian Iron Distance, and going for a short brick run afterwards…Sunday I would do my long run. So I was rolling in to the weekend treating it as the end of hard training block. Well about 4 p.m. the day before the race, I decided to do the full distance, b/c I’ve done back to back Ironmans before, and the second is always better than the first..so I figured this would be good for my result at Ironman Florida….and the race was just down the street, so it was so tempting to have an all day catored training session.
The bike course this year was changed a bit, and managed to make it tougher than years prior drilling us with endless hills. It was a warm day as well, so I thought it would be a good chance to try out some new things on nutrition that would help me in warmer conditions. In the past I have melted at every hot longer race I have done…and alot of my long workouts in the heat. (I still suffered a good deal yesterday, but partially due to the fatigue in my legs from recent training. and not so much heat) I stopped in to my local nutrition, and Red Bull sponsor “Gear For Multisport” and saw Kevin and Kimberly the night before the race and made sure I had enough supplies to finish…they helped alot, thanks!
It’s a nice little shop located at the National Training Center, I’ll do a blog with some pictures later. Lot’s of supplies for triathletes, from clothing, to shoes, to nutrition.
I came out of the swim in 2nd, and got into the lead in transition. Got to ride behind the lead car all day which was fun, and kept me motivated to ride hard. Onto the run, it was 3 x 14k loops, except there was a short course race going on and it was a 15k run…somehow the first loop i did an out and back section and made the first loop 15k..no big deal, until later in the run when you want to run 42k’s and not 43! My lead had grown, which it should, considering I was the only elite license in the race. I considered stopping after the first loop,to save my legs for IM florida, started walking for a while to give my chip in, but then thought it would be disrespectful to the race and other competitors….and then remember that this would help me not hurt me to finish.
I came across in first place, and was happy with the effort on some pretty tired legs.
Thanks again to SommerSports for putting on a great race here in Clermont. They put on tons of races here in town, and some out of the area. They are always very well run, and I hope to see more athletes at this race next year, it’s well worth the trip to race one of the longest running Iron Distance races in the world and one of the toughest in the U.S.