It’s hard to know that you were ready, yet came up short…said every triathlete. No matter how many “CONGRATS” or love you get post-race, there’s always that deep nagging voice that says, “you could have done better”. I suppose it’s why we continually show up on race day. If we KNEW we would kick serious ass and WIN, it wouldn’t be a test. It’s why I have hope, despite wanting to be one of the very best in the world RIGHT FREAKING NOW. I know it’s this journey that defines who I am and it’s why my story matters. The lifestyle, the hours spent alone on the bike, the copious amounts of delicious,healthy food…it’s all worth it. Honestly, looking back at this past race, I still came away with some knowledge and some tools for the next race….only 14 days away @ 70.3 Oceanside. I just saw the start list and it's awesome to line up with the best!
So how does a guy like me, with zero background in endurance sports get to travel around, race all year and be his own boss? Discipline! I wake up at 4 am, handle some admin work, respond to e-mails, book tickets, eat breakfast and brew some coffee. Whoa whoa whoa, why do I wake up so early? Because it’s when my body wants to wake up. If I don’t set an alarm I still wake up within 15 min of that time. Plus I feel great, look forward to the routine and prepare for the days training load. After the food digests I either head to a to the gym, swim, bike or…YOU guessed it, run! I like to get all major sessions in before 1pm but the longer days don’t usually end until 3-4 pm. Sometimes, driving to and from training locations adds some extra time but the bulk is spent grinding it out. I usually plan all my food in advance and know where I’ll stop or have some food on hand. Either way, I PLAN. Someone once told me “I sometimes forget to eat”. Really? Do you forget to start your car with keys?
Despite the seemingly illogical complaints and brief moments of diva-ness, I generally keep the discipline on high alert. I want to be a contender at the highest level of this sport and I want it now. Patience is my weakest area as it is for most control freaks…so I’ve evolved a bit, learning to take it as it comes, only focusing on what I can control. It’s why 70.3 San Juan doesn’t get me too down. It was an opportunity to dominate or meet my goals and yes, the sun still rose even when I ran like poo. So here is the recap of the event in a brief, efficient rundown.
- SWIM – New XTERRA Speed Suit made me look sexy and I am getting closer and closer to that lead pack! I’m sustaining 1:05-07’s per 100 yds failry easily in the pool these days and come in sub 2:30 for 200 meter repeats on long course. What the heck is happening in the open water?? I’ll let you know when I figure it out! Either way, the pool performance isn’t a 100% translation at the moment. Maybe I just push off the wall really well, lol!?
- BIKE – Took it out conservative, looking for 288-300w for the first 45 min and hoped to build on that…however, developed a golf ball sized knot in my right glute and then the low back started to get pissed. After seeing the same 5 guys on my wheel for 1.5 hours, I was a bit annoyed no one came around to help keep the pace up until the last 15 min. It was windy but not too hot at that point! I did note the leaders were pulling away quickly too. The double out and back was a nice reminder that I wasn’t gaining any damn ground. Either way blasted through 2 bottles of INFINIT. If you want to try out my custom bike mixes for hot weather, check it out here.
- RUN – After last years performance at Austin 70.3 (where I finally ran well)I was looking for that same type of feeling. Maybe some fresh legs, maybe a boost of energy? Nah, too good to be true this early in the season. The first loop didn’t break me but on the second loop I wasn’t very chipper and my form was ugly! Either way I wanted to go sub 4:10 on this course…I don’t think it was asking for too much either!! Anyway, I was pouring ice down my kit left and right trying to keep cool, so at least I had that going for me….cold balls and chest!
All in all I’m happy with the nutrition plan I set out and looking further into the training load, I might not have been as fit as I was last 70.3…which should have been pretty obvious. But who really thinks logically when they want to do great things? I will continually set the sights high and know that when it clicks, big things are going to happen! I still have a LOT of racing to do this season and I think Oceanside will be a chance for redemption. The Pro field will still beat the crap out of me but I can’t stop….wont stop!