The past few months have involved good strong training blocks while gaining some much needed experience in racing half ironman distances. The main focus training wise has been on developing my aerobic capacity and learning how to pace myself. The switch from itu distance (sprint/Olympic) to 70.3 takes some time to master as you go from doing lots of maximum efforts to more comfortable (tempo) pace but you are out there training longer. Training under Alex Price with the ap10 squad has been very enjoyable and being working really well. Pricey being also an athlete enables him to understand what is needed to succeed in long distance races and have a better understanding on how the athletes are feeling during training blocks. This enables me to trust his coaching completely and know there will be good results in the near future.
I have done 2 major races in the past few months including the Geelong 70.3 and Bateman’s Bay ultimate. Geelong was my debut at the longer distances and was going into very unknown territory. Was an extremely valuable learning experience with pacing and nutrition. The lack of nutrition intake became an issue which resulted me hitting a massive wall in the run to struggle home in 17th place (I think) in a very strong quality field. Bateman’s Bay I finished 3rd after getting a puncture and getting sent the wrong way on the bike (for 2km with other athletes), so did not go exactly to plan but still decent result. Also have competed in few other events as part of training including Wollongong Olympic triathlon (1st), fitness five fun run (2nd), Nowra triathlon (4th) and Huskisson Olympic triathlon (1st).
The next plans race wise is to compete in the Busselton 70.3 in very soon then off to Cairns 70.3 where I’m confident in producing some strong performances. I may also back up after these races and compete in the Sydney half marathon (3rd last year) and Bay to Bay half marathon (1st last year) but all depending on how I recover and feeling. With the long term plan to compete in the world 70.3 championship in 2014.