October 11, 2012

That's a wrap for 2012

The 2012 International season has come to an end. 5 months living out of a suitcase, rotating clothes, using different combinations to try and keep some kind of metro sexual style is complete. 

My final two races read like a delinquents school report card. I swam like an injured mud crab at Ironman 70.3 World Champs in Las Vegas missing the main bike group and jogged like a desperate housewife in fluro trainers during the run for 19th of 50 pro's. I can count on both hands and feet how many times I felt like pulling the eject cord. It was an opportunity to mix it with the best that had gone begging and I only had myself to blame.  

I picked up my toys, put them back in the cot and headed to Ironman 70.3 Cozumel off the coast of Mexico a fortnight later. I had a much better race, with one of the fastest runs, but again, I swam like a set of car keys and the major players escaped on the bike. It doesn't matter how fast you run. If you're in a different area code when the leaders start the run, the only thing you're taking away from the race is a finishers T-shirt and a paper cup of diluted sports drink.
I came away from the US season, with 1st, 3rd, 6th,19th and an insurance claim because some backdoor bandit flogged my helmet, shoes and pedals during my flight from Las Vegas to Denver. So if you're travelling to Las Vegas and you see someone looking like an astronaut riding to their airport 'security' job, please let them know I'm very disappointed in their decision making. 

I am back in Australia now, and about to make the move out to Mooloolaba to live. I'm excited about this change and a new training environment and being back by the beach. I have been taking it very easy the past few weeks and getting back to what works for me which includes mums home baking, lots of laughs and relaxing with my family. I have included the articles that I write for the NZ Triathlon & Multisport magazine below detailing my travels and experiences while overseas. I have also added the results from the previous 3 races. I haven't done a race report on Syracuse 70.3 back in June as I was a slacker, but I had a good race for 3rd. 

Happy training and see you at the races soon.

Click here for Syracuse 70.3 Results
Click here for World 70.3 Champs Results
Click here for Cozumel 70.3 Results

June 15, 2012

Ironman 70.3 Boise & Ironman 70.3 Busselton

I'm underway with my US season. A stark contrast to my first non drafting season this time last year when I was injured, lying on a couch listening to Cold Play sniffling and blowing snot bubbles. As most people know I raced Ironamn 70.3 Boise over the past weekend and in what is unprecedented in Ironman racing, tied 1st equal with top US pro Matty Reed. 

The topic of 'who won' has been thrashed more than a Black Sabbath guitar. Your armchair quarterback sitting at home eating a bowl of pretzels, sipping on full strength beer seems to always voice their opinions the loudest despite being the least informed. Race officials deliberated for 2hrs, looking at camera phones, video tapes and spy drones. The reason USAT gave me was that there were too many variables to decide an outright winner.The epic finish seemed to overshadow, for what was a breakthrough race for me. Matt is a very tall, dark and handsome man and one of the most well known US triathletes. He is a well decorated athlete and a very nice guy (with Kiwi roots).

I was happy to be mixing it up at the pointy end of the field. Its not everyday, you have the reigning US 70.3 champion in Tim O'Donnell and Matty Reed chasing you down during a half marathon. Just to give you an insight into how this feels. Next time you're at the gym, jump on the leg press machine and complete repeats until exhaustion. When your legs are starting to feel like a strangers, and you're hands are shaky, head over to the treadmill and crank it up to max speed and hold that for a few minutes. After you've fallen and had your new 'carpet burns' treated by first aid, find your local court house and sit in on a case where your completely confused and have know idea of the outcome. 

The race was shortened due to weather which had time transported itself from the Ice Age. I think the race officials made the right decision. Despite not seeing any penguins, polar bears or Japanese whale hunters the day did warm up later on for the run. 

So my first US 70.3 race was more dramatic than a love triangle being exposed on The Jerry Springer show. We were given 1st place prize money and World Champs 70.3 qualifying points which is great as qualifying this year will be extremely competitive.

Going back a few weeks I also raced Ironman 70.3 Busselton in Western Australia. I had a reasonably good race for 3rd but wasn't satisfied. I was outclassed by two top Australians so well done to them both. 

I'm back to being self coached which I think works best for me at this stage of my career. Next up is Ironman 70.3 Syracuse in just over a week, on what looks like a challenging course with another very competitive International field. I've never been to New York, let a lone rented a car there, so I will be ticking all the 'extra insurance' boxes and bubble wrapping the car to make sure I get to the race in one piece. I'll also opt for a GPS, based on hiphop artists 'lyrical stories' I don't want to end up on the wrong side of town. 

Thanks to my friends and family for their support and to the Rice's and their Lion sized dog Murphy for making me feel like home in Boise.