Its so good to be fit and firing again. Since the disaster at busso I have been head down and bum up and just focusing on executing each and every training sessions as best as I can. We have seen some nice little improvements but I think the biggest one I have taken on in my positive mindset.
My mindset took a battering in busso and I need a few weeks to get my head straight but the way I feel right now is I cannot be beaten. Thats not saying others are not better than me what I am saying is if I execute my race in Cairns I WILL have a great day.
In planning out my training block for Cairns the decision was made to use Port 70.3 as a race to practice race execution. I did this just so I could have a stress free race to focus on numbers I needed to follow and execute. If the end result was I had a bad day then better to have a bad day now than in 4 weeks time at Cairns.
I toyed with the idea of tapering for this race and really racing it or keep my training up and just back off the last co...
I arrived down the south coast the night before the race. It was raining on the way down, which didn’t look promising for race day. However, waking up the next morning the weather was much nicer.
We arrived at the race, registered and put our bikes into transition. Having done quite a few races in the last two months, Im getting much quicker at setting up and getting out before it gets too crowded. This race was definitely not popular, there were only 3 bikes in my rack, so the extra space was an added bonus. Waiting around for race briefing, it was starting to get a bit hotter, and there wasn’t much shade around.
I walked down to the water to see what the conditions were like. The one thing I noticed was the quite large sand bank in the middle of the water.
Our race briefing got underway, the same as always, and we headed down to the start point. The wave starts were quite simple, all kids, all women then all men.
The kids wave went off and immediately they hit the sand bank and start ru...
At the end of 2017 I sat down with my coach to talk about my training, after not achieving results that were expected of me. I was stunned and appalled to find out that I had only executed 35% of my slow runs correctly and this was impacting on my results. To be honest I hated slow runs. They frustrated me no end. I began to hate running these, as I really didn’t understand the benefits. However, this was not from lack of education from the coach. I always had good intentions when I went out on these runs but I felt like I was failing not being able to run at a higher pace with a low heart rate. In hindsight, the negative thoughts subconsciously set the tone for these training sessions so not really surprising that things didn’t go well. Invariably at some point my frustration levels would eventually boil over and I would just throw in the towel. This started to become the norm for my training. I decided after that meeting that I needed to take some time out to short circuit this patt...
My honest and open account on the changes becoming a dad again has brought to my personal life, my working life, my training and me as a person.
Prior to Sophie Isabelle being born Bec and I had numerous conversations about how we would go about things to ensure we worked as a team. One of the the areas of great importance to me was being able to continue to train towards my goals.
Bec has never swayed in her support for me and does all in her power to ensure I have the freedom to make them happen and whilst we did all the necessary planning and signed up for multiple races, having Sophie has brought both challenges and an abundance of joy to our lives.
Honestly, I thought my time having more kids was done, I told myself that I am over 40 and way too old to be a dad again. I would express to Bec that I do not want to be a 60 year old father to an 18 year old, and she would happily tell me 40 isn't old and I will do as I am told haha. Truthfully I was just scared, I was scared of the...
I love racing at busso its my favourite race of the year so it pains me when I think of IMWA it is a day that I want to forget. However its a day that I cannot forget as it taught me some very valuable lessons.
Many people know that I love to ride my bike, however on race day I chose to ride it so hard that I simply had nothing for the run this is known as biking to bike rather than biking to run and whilst I never gave up it is definitely a case of lost opportunity to qualify for Kona. Put simply I believe I should have qualified and if I didn't I should have set a really good marker for where I am at.
In the lead up to race day everything was progressing rather nicely, my training was good, my markers were leading towards a good day. All my sessions in race week were pretty good although I was pushing some higher power numbers than I needed to (this should have been a red flag to reign it in). On the Friday I encountered my first issue that gave me some stress. My Garmin 510 decided to...
The best nights sleep I have had before race day ever. Managed to get a reasonably early night and was in bed asleep by 9pm. My alarm went off at 3am, I was up and in the mood to get ready and race. I felt I had worked hard in the lead up to the race. I was slightly nervous though as I hadn’t done a lot of training for two weeks prior to race day. But I felt really fresh. It was just Nik, Zac and Niks parents coming out to the race with me. We left home about 15mins later than we originally intended. Arriving at the Regatta Centre I rushed ahead of the family to ensure I had enough time to set up my transition area. I tried not to think about what was ahead to much. Headed back to the grandstand to finish off getting ready with my tri suit, timing chip, suncream etc and took my transition bag to baggage holding tent and managed to get myself to the bathroom on the way back as well. It now wasn’t to long until start time so I said my goodbye and headed down to the hill where...
Pre-race was something of a comedy of errors! Having arrived at the G at 5.30 for a 7 start so as to not be late I then missed the start by quite a few minutes hahah!. After dropping off my bag, stretching, going to loo, doing a short warm up run and some more stretches I checked watch. At which point I saw the HR was not picking up. Mild panic at this but told myself everything would be ok if I applied more water to strap which I did. Still no HR. Little bit more panic now but told myself all would be ok if I just took off strap and ran it under water. So I joined the loo line. At this point it was somewhere between 5 &10 mins to start time. Luckily other runners saw my situation and allowed me to queue jump. I striped off, ran water onto strap and dressed again, hopped out and checked watch again. Still no HR. And then I became strangely calm and decided not to worry about it, just run and have some fun.
I missed the start by some distance partly because of my technical issues and par...
This was my fifth marathon in 15 months! This is something that I am proud of considering where I started. I wasn’t going to run this race and only made the decision after Canberra, where for the first time I executed a race plan! The last two were a bit of a disaster to the point that I wasn’t sure that I wanted to do this again. I did not think that I could cope with another failure. My self confidence is not my strong point, but it was pretty nonexistent after Canberra and Gold Coast. However, I continued to train and tried to execute my training plan.
I completed the race in 4 hours 35 mins and 07 secs.
5 weeks earlier I entered a race in Canberra and exceeded my goal. I practiced a new nutrition strategy here to assist with my food intolerance and IBS issues which can impact on my running. Everything went well, no meltdowns, no gut issues and I felt really confident. The rest of the training was about following the plan.
The morning started out well. Yet again my sleep before this race like most of my races is almost non-existent. My alarm went off, I was up and in the mood to get ready. Nik had said the night before she would drive me to the race start. We even packed the night before so I didn’t have to worry about her packing the car too much. Everything was planned out. It felt good. Arriving at check in everything was calm. I tried not to think about what was ahead to much. For the first time I remembered my ear phones and started listening to music that I listen to that helps me get through my trainer sessions on the bike. At the same time I also had a little bit of banter with Brad. Not sure if he appreciated it or not as I am sure he has his own pre race routine. Transition set up, and my timing all seemed to work well. I wasn’t ready to early, but had enough time to chat.
I decided not to do a pre race swim warm up in the water, but rather do a little bit of stretching and swinging...
First race since Cairns and I am freaking excited.
I couldn't have been more ready for this race mentally or physically and I was very happy to let anyone who asked know about it.
For those that do not know Forster it is a small town that is buzzing with an abundance of energy.... NOT... haha. put simply it has everything you need and nice people but I couldn't live here, I love the non-stop nature of Sydney and its bright lights.
Swim - 00:34:24
T1: Swim-to-bike - 00:02:10
Bike - 02:10:13
T2: Bike-to-run - 00:01:42
Run - 01:53:33
Overall - 4:43:03
A great result as I am stoked with my 6th placing and a good test leading up to IMWA.
Here is a bit of a summary of what happened.
Up early and headed down to transition to register, this bit annoyed me as I just like to get bike sorted and do my warm up. I see Ben Judd at registration and set about trash talking him and getting a bit of laughter from those around me.
Got my numbers and went about getting set up in transition.