Very dissapointing to be so strong today (after some changes with my mental approach and to my training the last 4 weeks) but to have a mishap like this and not make the $850 I was about to get if I just ran the last 8k at a decent pace.]]>
So that’s about it for now, next race will most likely be Powerman Florida in about 3 weeks.]]>
Leading to the race, I was swimming great in the pool (for me). Last time I was swimming this fast, I swam 51 minutes at Arizona ’06, and was not too far from the front of the race. With that in mind, I had high hopes for this swim. But that wasn’t to be, the water was really rough, and 200 meters into the swim, I found myself in desperation mode. I was trying to sprint myself onto the back of the quickly dissapearing front group. As they swam into the waves and out of sight, I had no choice but to settled in.
I had many opportunities to hop on with other swimmers. Like when Blake, and Justin came up on me late in the 1st loop. I tried to hop on with them. But they just pulled away, I sat right on the feet, but lost them so easily. Into the second loop I was hurting…people just kept swimming by, and I could do nothing to hop on their feet. By the end of the 2nd loop, my focus was on a solo race. I thought, “Okay today, I’ll ride my own pace, and not worry about staying in any bike groups, b/c I’ll be alone” “Save it for the run” I rememberd Max Longree, and how far back he was on the swim at Louisville last year. He went by me late in the bike ride, looking strong b/c he paced the bike so well, and just demolished everyone on the run to take the win…I was hoping for this.
Once on the bike, I was optimistic and enjoying the ride. I thought I was riding fast. I thought I had ridden through all the women, but about mile 40 I finally passed the lead women, it was a bit of a blow to the ego, to pass her so late in the ride. Then an age group athlete road up on me, and it really was getting to me now. “this guy has a job, a family, kids…and he has already made up ten minutes on me!!” I don’t know why, but it really got to me out there, like never befoer. A group rode up on me, including two women, and I could not go with them, unless I wanted to cheat and sit on the wheel, like half the group was doing anyways…but I didn’t want to do that.
Once I got to the bike out and back section, it happened, I saw the lead the the first 15-20 guys had on me…it went straight to my head, and I was done for. I lost all power, motivation, and heart at that moment. I felt so embarrased to be where I was, and at that point was riding to turn in my chip…and save it for Powerman Florida in a month’s time. I’ll get myself up for that race, and end of season assess where I am at. I know I have something more in me, I may just need a break and a re-organization of my life.]]>
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.]]>
I always knew I was faster than 7 year old girls!]]>
2 x 8.5 hour drives
2 x Waffle House All Star Specials
1 x South Carolina Half
1 x Half IM Run Split P.B.
It was a fun race this weekend, it was my third weekend in a row with a 1/2 IM race, and I been feeling stronger every race. Two weeks ago I race Savageman and it’s a great race, tough course, but I was pretty weak. Last week I stayed here in Clermont and raced the Florida Challenge Half, again on a really tough course, in some heat, and had a better race there than the week before and was able to win. This week was South Carolina Half IM, and I was able to win again. I forgot my wetsuit, and had to borrow one last minute. On the bike it was burning in my legs from the start, but it was good, b/c when you don’t taper and been racing alot, there is no shock or panic when it starts to hurt, it’s a normal feeling. I came off the bike in second and the rolling hills of the run were really fun to run over, I could let loose on the downhills, and work on the uphills. It was the best feeling I have had running in a race in over a year, and was able to run a 1:16:01 which is my fastest run split by 2 minutes.
Thanks to all the races the last three weeks.
Florida Challenge 1/2
South Carolina Half
- woke up, ate breakfast, on board my P2, 3.5 hours with 3×30′ at hard pace. Come home, eat some lunch, send out some workouts..watch some t.v. Run 60′ long way to the pool, 4k swim with main set some hard 300′s, and run short way home another 15′, eat, go to sleep. A day of living the dream!]]>