Winning an Age Group triathlon world title is a serious accomplishment given the amount of work that goes into it and the level of the top age group competitors. How many weeks did you put into the build up? and what was the weekly time commitment?
I worked off a 16 week build, but had come into the build in pretty good shape. It ended being advantageous as a few bouts of sickness delayed some of my training and the additional fitness coming in helped supplement this. Most of my training weeks were between 15-18 hours, this is essentially twice a day training over 6 days with one rest day, using my weekends for longer training.
I was confident in my ability to race well, and although I didn’t feel as strong as this time last year I thought I would be in with a shot at the podium. The race went fairly to plan with the good swim/bikers getting a solid lead on me going into the run, but I had swum better than expected and felt good at the start of the run and I thought I could catch the guys up the front.
It always sounds so amazing to other people, but it’s just the way the race plays out for me. Although not as long as the bike it is really easy to lose time on the run so although I came off in 35th, I was close to the competitors ahead and probably caught at least 20 of them in the first 5km. As I moved into the second lap I knew I was 3 minutes down on the lead, but I wasn’t sure who that was or where I was placed. I figured from there I would just run as hard as I could for the duration and if that got me the win then I’d be happy with my effort. I actually caught the leader at 16km and had to work hard in the last 2km’s to stay in the lead and fight off cramps I was starting to get in my quadriceps.
The biggest transition has been focusing more on the swim and bike while trying to maintain my run strength. I’ve definitely worked more on running efficiency and mobility to be able to sustain my threshold pace for longer, rather than just trying to run fast.
I really want to give Hawaii Ironman a crack again and see if I can translate my 70.3 success into the longer distance, but I need to devote some time to the family as well. It looks like I will probably target Busselton Ironman in 2017 and Hawaii Ironman 2018.
1. Keeping perspective on a good training and life balance. I couldn’t enjoy or succeed in the sport if I didn’t appreciate and respect all aspects of my life.
2. Being smart about training and focusing on striving for quality and improvement over quantity and sheer hard work.
3. Giving back to the community and being involved with like minded people who support my goals and continue to inspire and motivate me to be a better athlete.