It has been a very busy few weeks since I last put the finger on the keyboard, with work, training and my fiancée Megan coming over making the time fly past.
The athletes here in Vitoria have been racing most weekends recently. Last weekend many of us travelled to Tiszuvarjous in Hungary, where I worked for the weekend with the Australian team during the World Cup. I also worked there last year and the town, which is quite unique to say the least, puts on an awesome race. The town really get behind the whole weekend and embrace it, holding a big festival, with live music, stalls and other parties all at the same time, which really adds to the weekends atmosphere! The race was a slightly different format this year, with 3 heats in both the men’s and women’s on the Saturday, with the fastest 8 in each heat going through to the final on the Sunday. This was an exciting form of racing which adds some tactics to the racing for some. It also puts extra importance on the need to recover very well from the Saturday racing. I treat many of the athletes pre race and also post race, including using ice baths, stretching and specific nutritional elements to make sure the athletes are in good shape for the race the next day. Australia had some great results, with Ash Gentle winning the girls, Ryan Fisher and Charlotte McShane each placing 4th and Dan Wilson making the top 10.
While at the race, I decided to do the 14km fun run on the Friday night. This was a bit of fun and I did it as part of my long run, deciding to run just below 4min/km, so while I didn’t push too hard, I definitely felt it by the end! After the half ironman I did last weekend, I feel I have got some good racing in as part of my prep for the World Champs.
Megan visited just prior to this race and it was great to show her around Vitoria and the surrounds. Megan fitted in very quickly to the life of afternoon siesta’s while I was working and also updated her wardrobe for the year as well! We also got some good training in together and hopefully next year we can organize it so she can come for a longer period!
It is now just over a week until the Long Course World Championship in Vitoria. I am very much looking forward to freshening up this week, as the training load has been quite high, in addition to being very busy with work. I feel as well prepared as I have been for a race before. That said, it is a World Championship, so anything can happen, especially over the long course distance. I will drop my volume of training down a little this week, but keep the intensity up. I will do some race specific swims in the lake where the race is and also do a couple of short race specific brick sessions. I did my last long ride this morning over the course, which I like to do 8-10 days out from the race for a few reasons. The second half of the long ride I did with Eneko, where we TT’ed a lap of the course. It will be great to race in my ‘second home’ and I will have some great support from the Aussie athletes and also from the people I have met since living in Vitoria. I am very much looking forward to the experience of competing against the best, which for me is what it’s all about! Vamos!!