The last big hitout before Port Mac

Decided to test some form at the club race last Sunday.

I woke at 5:15 to the sound of rain and almost decided to roll over and go back to sleep. It wasn’t hard to get going but as nearly always theres athat little devil inside that says why ?

Breakfast and a stonger than usual coffe and I’m on the bike riding to Altona for the race start. nice warm up.

Sign on and before you know it your on the start line. A few jelly fish around at the moment but all ok.

I wanted to race hard from the gun and found a couple of guys that I knew would be up there so followed them all the way around the swim course. I felt fast but saved heaps of energy by just sitting in behind other swimmers. They say that you can save up to twenty percent of your energy by swimming behind someone else. It felt like fourty percent !

out of the water and I was passed by about 4 people….I like to move into transition at a steady pace but others sprint out of the water. Anyway they were soon in my sights on the bike and not long after floundering way behind me. The bike section is obviously my strength and ripped by most of the field. The taper for the ironman has not started in earnest but I feel fresh already and about as strong as I have all year, even for a short distance like this.  I managed third fastest bike time for the day.  Next year I want to take the fastest bike leg at one of these races…

5km run to follow up and I moved nicely from the bike to run. Mental note to myself. Don’t forget were your bike is racked at port mac. .. Ran well within myself and knew that a couple of guys who would normally beat me were hot on my heals. Still I managed to hold them off and come in 6th overall. 3rd in age group. Very happy with that result. I have maintained steady improvement all year and glad to validate my forms coming up even without the final 2 weeks taper. From here its all easy sessions. about two thirds of what  would normally do and a couple of extra rest days.

 

Its tuesday now and can still feel the effects of the race in the legs. swan for an hour this morning with the early morning nutters who queue up out side the pool at 5:30am. I then rode to mordi and back with a solid tail end.

I had a fabulous massage this afternoon at a new place in seddon and the legs will feel brand new tomorrow.

Final preparations

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~ by glenorourke on March 24, 2009.

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