Achilles issues, perforated eardrums, NZ media (or not), strengthening the bike, building base and in the mountains
They say you shouldn’t read the media as an athlete and after being told I was too weak in such words
I would rather not repeat the words I read from NZ but I would be happy to put the writer of such words on a bike and see how he or she feels to be strong or not climbing the Kitzhorn of Kitzbuhel with a perforated eardrum I sustained during the swim.
All that rubbish aside, I am back into it and hungry to get some runs on board.
Its definitely been a challenging last eight weeks to say the least, a tendon myopathy in my left tendon, took me back to aqua jogging and some much needed strength work in the gym. Some kind words of support and advice from James Vickers and back into running I went after eight weeks of frustration. I feel I am getting on top of it this week finally, running my first hour solid this morning with Clarkey boy.
Font Romeu as always was hard, but a great place to reflect, do some work and plan to salvage 2013.
More time in the pool, clocking some miles with Mrs Samuels and listening to some sound advice from some legends in our sport Maiky Petzold and Ben Sanson.
So after the knock in the swim at the weekend in Kitzbuhel WCS leaving me a week out of the water, a big hole in my bank account for the trip, my attention turns to non-drafting, mainly so I don’t go back to fulltime work this coming summer after what has definitely been a challenging 2013.
I am still ranked pretty well and banking some quality training in the pool. I am back on my tt rig to solidify some work for Des Moines.
Pretty happy to be in Loughborough at the moment, Will Clarke is a great friend and sees a mate in need, we will work solid together this month, before I hit the non-drafting European 5150 champs at the end of July in Zurich.
I will be going there to have a good stab at defending my title from Liverpool last year and to keep that momentum rolling until Des Moines; the grand finale of the 5150 series.
ITU is still in the mind, representing my country at the Comm games is always something I have aspired to, but to be honest without any funding, doing Des Moines is my only realistic way to try and have a crack at it
With London being a more runner type course a strong result will be needed, but I will line up mainly to secure a start to AKL WCS in April next year which is a much more strength based course for this so called ‘heavy’ athlete to perform in.
Des Moines is really my contingency plan for all this and so I continue to soldier on and make things happen the best way I know how, with belief, hardwork and thinking it through. Onward to a bit of greener pasture to finish 2013 with something to be proud of. Godspeed Clarky
IRONMAN 70.3 St Croix
Hawaiian homestays, gazelike run splits and 8th in the world, a whirl wind 3 weeks
Definately on a welcoming note, my approach is one of difference fueled by real fire to prove bigger and better things to myself and get inside the still illusive top ten in the WCS.
Daniel and Nadine put Laura and I up for the first week also, an awesome couple keen to help us out with transport and let us burrow their car for race week, awesome people with such a sweet dog Ophelia the amazing retriever to make us feel at home race week.
A bit of a switch in distance to a half ironman this time round, but such is the beauty of being seperate and solo to the national system, I am free to race when and where I want.
This race is really being done to prepare me for the monster of Kitzbuhels mountain later this season in the ITU WCS anyway, so is still relative to ITU in my eyes.
Feeling good then onto Europe, love the tropics:)