Saturday, June 21, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Come down to Ocean River Sports tonight (6-8:30) to hang out and try on an AquaSphere wetsuit or goggles.

Brent McMahon
@tribrentmcmahon on Twitter

Boise 70.3

Saturday's race was one of those ones where I will reflect back on and draw
strength for future events. Coming off a great win the previous weekend in
Honu, I was rested and excited to race but unsure how the legs would be.
The race began well with a good swim and quick transition to get onto the
bike course first with a small group of three of us. I started
conservatively on the bike with some fatigue showing slightly in my legs.
When the bike powerhouses of the race Luke Bell and Trevor Wurtele bridged
up and pressed the pace halfway through the bike I had to find some inner
strength and passion to stay with them and enter T2 with only 15 seconds
separating us. Onto the run I tried to set the pace but I quickly found my
legs deadened by the effort on the bike and I suppose the weekend before.
It became clear that it was going to be a struggle on the run and a nifty
move by Trevor at mile 4 left me no choice but to fall back and settle in
for a long hard run. Luke was able to respond to Trevor's move and the two
of them proceeded up the road without me while I tried to regroup while
plodding along. Going through mile 7 I challenged myself to increase my
turnover and see if I could inch along any quicker so I could be done sooner
and not get caught by fourth place. After a mile of effort I found my legs
sparking up and I started to feel like a runner again. As I began to get
rolling I was able to see that Trevor and Luke were duking it out up front
and I wanted to play. With 3 miles to go I was slowly dragging back time
and it appeared Luke had fallen to the sword of Trevor and was back 15
seconds or so. I worked my way past Luke as I kept my eyes on Trevor with
the final mile drawing closer. I summoned some courage and went for a nifty
move of my own and laid down an awesome surge (so I thought) only to find
Trevor using his giant legs to keep pace with my, what felt like, hobbit
legs. I couldn't sustain the surge and shake Trevor so I abandoned that
plan and waited for another opportunity later on. With 800 meters to go,
there were three sharp turns and a couple short up hills where I knew my
little hobbit legs would accelerate quickly. I pressed hard through this
section and as the blood started to pore from my ears and my legs thicken
with lactic I had managed to gap Trevor and somehow make it to the finish
line without falling over. I was able to pick up my second win in as many
weeks and it was a glorious battle with two great athletes, one a fellow
Canadian, and I was happy to have been a part of it.

Last week's win was about executing a plan and racing smart and to my
physical abilities, my sponsors and supporters allowed me to execute my
fitness and have that great success. This week's race my sponsors,
supporters and equipment were pivotal but it was the years of racing
experience and coaching expertise from Lance Watson over the last 17 years
that allowed me to find a way to win despite the challenges I faced.
Without the wisdom and confidence I have gained through the years of tough
workouts I would not have been able to persevere and battle back for the
win. Lance has taught me so many tactical and physical skills, coupled with
mental fortitude through difficult training sessions, that I wouldn't be the
athlete I am today without him. It's satisfy to win on days when you feel
great and can push the whole way, but it is a much different feeling to have
had to look deep within and fought my way back into the race and found a way
to win.

It was another stellar weekend for Canadians with myself and Trevor 1-2 and
Melanie McQuaid 1st on the women's side. Two weekends with two Canadian
sweeps and 50% of the podium, not bad Eh!

Finally in closing, the words of Iñaki de le Parra to Trevor Wurtele and
Luke Bell, "thank you for the pleasurable suffering!"

Brent McMahon
@tribrentmcmahon on Twitter

Friday, June 6, 2014

I am feeling well rested and excited about racing tomorrow.  I had a great recovery week and travel between Honu 70.3 and now and my body feels ready for another great effort.
I was really happy with how my race played out last weekend.  I was feeling strong going in but having the 3xIronman World Champion Craig Alexander and multiple Ironman winner Luke Bell meant I was going to have to stay sharp.  I had a few different race strategies planned out, but they all started with having a fast swim start and keeping the pace on throughout the whole swim.  I exited the water first with Luke Bell right on my heels and Craig Alexander 30-40sec back.  I had my usual quick run to transition and fast change into helmet and got going up the steep climb out of transtion (they were giving people pushes up it).
I put my head down knowing I had gapped Luke through transition and committed to pushing hard to the first turnaround and then I would assess where I was and how to attack the long climb up to Hawi.  As I headed out of the turn I had a significant gap (more than expected) and I had about a minute or so, but it was to Craig not Luke.  I would later learn that Luke had a flat in T1, changed it, then flatted again halfway through the course.
I decided to stick to my guns and committed to going solo up to the far turnaround at Hawi and again reassess the plan.  I have been climbing really well in workouts so I was looking forward to the undulating strength climbs.  I rode solid and controlled and by the turn at Hawi I had increased the gap to almost three minutes.  I was happy to see this, however, I knew that Craig had much experience on this course and didn't want to underestimate his strength on the second half of the bike course.  I pressed on and kept focused on riding smooth and keeping pressure on the pedals on the long descents into the headwinds.
I arrived back to T2 feeling strong and ready for a good run and to again see where I was.  I had a smooth transition and got a great cadence going right out of transition.  As I rounded the transition and headed out I kept an eye on the time and was off into the undulating hills of the golf course before I good see or hear Craig come into T2.  I would have to wait until halfway through the run after the third out and back leg to finally get a split where I learned that I was close to 7min ahead.
The second half of the course turned out to be one of the toughest I have done with almost 60% of it on golf green, some on fairway and some in the rough.  With the comfortable lead I was able to back off the short steep hills and focus on rhythm in the spongy fairway grass.  Though I backed the pace off the run just got tougher and tougher with the blaring sun and steam rising from the golf course adding insult to injury.  I kept my rhythm and ran excitedly to the finish having executed a great race start to finish with the fastest swim, bike and run of the day.
It wasn't until later in the day that I learned that Craig Alexander had been DQ'd after wearing a race suit that was not allowed in non wetsuit swims.  I felt terrible as it wouldn't have affected the race at all and he had put in a long, hard and hot day just like I did, but to be null and void at the end would be so disappointing.  As the classy and professional guy that he is, he took it on the chin and didn't stress about it.
All my sponsors played a very important role in this win on a hot and challenging course.  I had great swim in my new cool (both looks and feel) race suit from Fusion Sports which was covered by my Aquasphere speed suit and my favourite Kayene goggles.  Onto the bike the right wheels for this windy Kona course were for me the 808 Firecrest Clincher front and rear propelled by SRAM Red 22 groupo and my trusty polarized Oakley radar locks to block out the glaring sun.  In the heat and humidity hydration and nutrition can often be your toughest opponent but I have my PowerBar Perform drink with added Base Salts and Powergels dialled in for a successful day.  My coach Lance Watson of 17 years has always played a pivotal roll by giving me the skills and fitness to achieve performances like this.
Thanks to my girlfriend Carolyn, all my family, friends,  and sponsors that have supported me through this great season thus far and all the seasons prior!
Boise here we go!

Oh yeah! Pulled pork Mac'n Cheese w/side of tatoes c/o #wholefoods #preracelunch @#IM703Boise

Brent McMahon
@tribrentmcmahon on Twitter

Yet another terrible place for a 70.3 #gladtobeback #IM703Boise

Brent McMahon
@tribrentmcmahon on Twitter