Thursday, April 14, 2016
I felt so good and confident going into Texas 70.3 after a great camp on Maui that I didn't even let the small warning signs of GI distress take me off my mindset. The tune up workouts going into the event went well despite having some GI issues so I felt I was good to go and would be able to use all that great fitness.
However, those issues only get multiplied when putting your body through the stresses of a race. I started the race with things going smoothly and I was comfortably at the front of the swim where I wanted to be. A good quick transition got me onto the bike in second and within 5km I had separated myself from the group behind and was solo in the lead, again, where I had planned and wanted to be. I built in my gap as the as the uber bikers such as Starky would be coming and wanted to be settled in a groove and able to try and move with them as they came up. Not long into the bike I wasn't settling in and I was stiff and moving around a lot. I then started to tighten up more and thought I needed calories or sodium so I took both on. I continued to try and press forward and Starky had moved passed by this point and I was slowly letting him ride away but I couldn't lift my game. Eventually calories or sodium were clearly not working and I starting cramping in my stomach and my legs and even shoulders. I kept pushing but less and less watts were being produced.
By the far turn I was leading the group I had ridden away from but Starky, Dreitz, Weiss and my main contender Lionel Sanders were gone up the road. I couldn't take more calories and was only taking on water and my stomach started to turn and churn. The closing 20km of the bike were very uncomfortable but I managed to stay with the group and actually go to the front and get a gap in the last 5km in the hopes of giving me a time buffer in T2 to hit the porto potty and get back going on the run.
Oh how I had hoped. Things were definitely not going to my plans anymore. After a lengthy stop and not having any calories I started on the with the intent of having a go a fast run despite where it would place me now after a self induced time out.
Within a few kilometres is was clear a fast run wasn't happening and that a run at all was going to be difficult. I don't mind difficult, challenging or even near impossible, that's what I love and why I do this sport. But when your health isn't good, you are going backwards quicker then forwards in the race and you have important goals ahead, you have to look at the big picture. I shuffled my way back to transition giving encouragement to my fellow athletes and headed home where I proceeded to curl up in a ball and sleep the rest of the afternoon.
Friday, April 8, 2016
It's time to kick the season off!
After a big season with three Ironman's and finishing my last race December 5th at 70.3 Bahrain, I went into complete shutdown mode for December. Having validated for Kona 2016 and having enough points I was qualified going into the offseason. So I got fat in three weeks! Well, as fat as I could in three weeks in order to get my body rehabilitated from my first year of racing Ironman's with a total of four in 12 months. As a result I didn't want to rush my start to the 2016 season so I pushed back racing a couple of times and moved my annual winter training camp on Maui a few weeks later. After a great block on Maui I got all cylinder's firing and I am set to test the body with a great effort here at Ironman 70.3 Texas. Coach Lance and I went back to some speed work on the run after 12 months of slower paced Ironman training to get the leg speed up again. We even hit the track in Victoria with the young development ITU guys that coach Carolyn Murray has been training. It was fun and tough getting my but whipped into shape by the young kids, but it will be nice to have that under my belt going into the first 70.3's of the season. I feel strong and ready for the season and the challenges that lay ahead.
I'll be racing in the Bahrain Endurance 13 colours again this year with the big S of Specialized as well, but the suits got a new custom look thanks to Sugoi Custom Apparel, so keep an eye out. I'll be running some new fuel in my Nathan fuel belt thanks to a new Canadian partnership with PhD Nutrition. I'll again be swimming, riding and running with these same great partners as well, Aquasphere, Sram, Zipp, Quarg, Compressport, Lifesport, Synergy Health, Sportstats and Oakley.