This coming year I’ll be taking a break from training for the full Ironman distance with a focus on short course speed and just having fun with the sport. XTERRA is where I began my triathlon ambitions and I’ve missed the pure fun of tearing up singletrack on a mountain bike. In the spring I’ll be taking on the South Central XTERRA series in Texas on the new bike above and making my way toward the national championship in Utah. Can’t wait for things to kick off! Should be a fun year!
He woke up with a single purpose: to go outside and run. The cobwebs of a night of deep, restful sleep begged him to stay in the warm comfort of his bed but his heart knew better. He felt his knees bend and the weight of his body sit upright just as his feet felt the carpeted floor, his mind still not fully engaged in the unfolding process with which he had committed himself. He dressed slowly, questioning his sanity with every movement, wondering if the run would be worth the lost sleep and then answering his thought instantly knowing that it would be. He tightened his shoelaces and for the first time that morning felt some excitement for the run, as if his shoes were a part of him and the action of tying the laces flipped on a switch somewhere inside.
The 100th Tour de France finished up over the weekend and just like in years past, the race provided no shortage of jaw dropping Wow moments and incredibly motivating and inspiring demonstrations of performance resulting from talent and years of world class hard work. And, just like in recent years, the topic of doping was ever-present questioning the validity of the top riders’ performances in every post-race recap. As an athlete trying my hardest to compete at the top level of my age-group, I feel a lot more than just deep disappointment when doping allegations prove to be correct. But, as an athlete and student of the sport of endurance racing, I also completely understand why doping begins.
Last June I set out on a course to qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Kona. I started working with my coach then and began a focused training plan building to a half Ironman and then adding on to that fitness for a shot at Kona at Ironman Texas. For a solid year almost all I thought about, and everything I did, was geared towards qualifying at Ironman Texas. You can read about how that race went here, but suffice to say that, even though I set a new PR for the 140.6 distance, I didn’t qualify for Kona and left the race with a couple of injuries.
Come on! You didn’t think I could give up on Kona that easily did you? I figure, after one extremely hot race, why not jump right into another one? haha
Ironman Louisville is on August 25th so I’ve got plenty of time to recover from Ironman Texas and then build back up into Louisville. In reviewing all the data I collected during Ironman Texas, the performance is there, I just need to iron out my nutrition/hydration mistakes. Louisville has a tough bike course with lots of big hills – but I’m great in the hills! My power to weight ratio always helps me on courses with a lot of climbing and if I can manage to stay hydrated, I should be able to handle the heat on the run just fine. -I’ll have all summer to train in the 100+ degree San Antonio heat…. This will be a hard race for sure, but I’m definitely up for the challenge!
Looking forward to building up for this one and not stressing myself out about it like I did with Texas. Bring on Louisville.