|The coolest club ever...|
So to start off, I forgot to put is race in my workoutlog, so Chris AIMP Coaching was unaware of it until the Monday before the race---when he gave me a pretty daunting week leading into the race not only with zero taper, but with a 3 hour bike/90 minute brick run on Friday...and raceday was Saturday. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday all had swims of 4000+ yards, with a bike after the swim on tuesday and a run after the swim on wednesday---yikes! This has been the norm for the past few weeks..really working monday, tuesday, wednesday, with active recovery on thursday, then a tough weekend starting friday.
|Just a cute pic while on a date with Sophia|
Bikes were racked friday afternoon---and enjoyed some time with Dan Cadriel, John and Cyndi Dean before heading home to hopefully recover from the friday workouts. I usually don't have sleeping issues the night before the race (I consider myself lucky!)---I take the mindset into the race that I am "overtrained" for any event other than an IM at this point---and it works for me. I was up at 4 ish, eating my normal breakie: scoop of Ultragen, serving of steel cut oats, flax seed powder, craisins, almond milk (about 700 cals total). I also worked in some EFS and my daily consumption of MultiV and Optygen HP all from First Endurance...can't live without any of it (and I have tried!). I got to transition decently early, and actually was pretty fired up to race---there was going to be a swim finally! I had my normal tunes going, my breakfast was treating me well, and I was ready! Well, ready to race, but I hadn't really worked out a "game plan" yet. As I warmed up, I sipped on Pre-Race and EFS with water, of course! I was very excited to have Jenny AND Sophia coming to this race---I love their support and cheering, and it gives me something to look forward to as well as a break in the action on the course.
Swim: 23:43...10th overall, 1st in 35-39
I almost forgot my timing chip (thanks Brandon!!!), but managed to slide into the ONE Sailfish wetsuit with moments to spare. I jumped in and decided I was going to start on the right side---I wanted to see what was happening. I knew I would go out decently hard, and breathing on my left gave me a full view of who was where once things sorted out after the first 200 yards. A quick Hi to Jenny and Sophia (yes, they spotted me as I grabbed a quick seat on the docks to adjust my goggles, another Hi to my ONE teammate Anthony Hirschman, and the horn sounded. I liked the line I was on, and was going stroke for stroke with Kevin Taddonio for the first portion of the "long" out section, then decided to drop in on his feet as we were literally making eye contact on every other stroke (always an interesting situation!). We hit the first turn and I was settling in well...I think Kevin may have made a bit of a "line error" heading a bit too far to the inside---although my goal is to always swing just a bit wide so I don't have to stop while I make a broader turn. I ended up losing Kevin at this point and was alone basically till we hit the steps...I was 4th out of the water in my wave (which was male below 40, male pros), and 1st in my division (didn't know this yet). Thanks Bill...you are becoming a professional spotter!! My plan on the swim was to stay near the front (whatever that means...), and I was feeling good about the swim.
T1: 0:51.2 secs I did have a transition plan...keep it abnormally simple! Helmet on, shoes already clipped in (thanks LG for the helmet and shoes BTW!!!!)...grabbed a couple gel blocks and threw them in my mouth, and I was off---happy with it!
Bike: 62:37...14th overall, 2nd in 35-39
|Coolest LG helmet...thanks LG, and Andrew for the shot!|
T2: 0:44.3 secs--again kept it simple, but I always feel like I am forgetting something, so I hesitate before heading out (some day I'll get it!)..shoes were off in the final 100 yards of the bike (still on the pedals..), helmet was off running to my "spot,"...running shoes on, belt, glasses and watch in hand, then RUN!!!
Run: 38:31...5th overall, 1st in 35-39
|Our ELITE Oakleys, courtesy of Airpark |
Bikes...they ROCK!!! Thanks guys!
I wore these on the run...
|On the run...|
So Ill take it! All in all feeling pretty happy about the results, finding out who my competition is for future races, but really only caring about challenging myself, enjoying the celebration of my training, and having my family and ONE friends around as well! BTW, to my ONE teammates volunteering---awesome job! I saw you everywhere---wetsuit stripping, ice cold water on the course...you rock!! And Bryan, GREAT WIN!!! Like I said above, being on the race course with you, Dan Cadriel, John Dean, Super Sue Meno, (missed you Carlos!)...make racing a blast for me!
|Nike LunarElite +2...ONE edition (not even|
|Training with Power! (no it's not an engine!)|