Thursday, June 12, 2014

Escaping from Alcatraz

As always the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon lived up to its reputation of being a sensational event.  It had been a while since my last race, training was ticking along with good days and bad but generally I was feeling good and most importantly I was eager to be back on the start line.  This year was special getting to travel as a family and have them there to support me.  I am always talking about how cool the race is...getting to jump of the boat into freezing water, riding a hilly scenic ride then running past the golden gate bridge and up some brutal sand stairs, what a race! 

I had a solid swim, a little off the pace.  Exiting the water I was around 3-4th position, the run to the bike is always a good gauge on how the legs are feeling.  Generally they are numb from the cold water but I felt I had a little spring so I was hoping for a good ride.  

The first couple of km's I watched Docherty, Bird and Fleischmann ride away from me which was not pretty, I started worrying about being passed and dropping further and further back, not an ideal situation my legs just felt like they were slowing but I hadn't spent 12hrs on a flight to give up so I kept pushing hoping things would kick into gear and I would start moving back up through the field.  Holding in there has its merits and by the first climb I was starting to feel a little stronger and began moving back up. By the end of the ride I was sitting around 5th.  

The run is always tough but the support on the way back is unreal and such great scenery!  I started to feel pretty upbeat and finished off in 4th place.  I was happy with the result based on the lead up I’d had and especially coming from our winter.  The result has given me some areas to work on and some new goals.  I can’t wait to race again.  

Busy finish area
Next up is Samoa Half Ironman where I will defend my title from last year.  So from now until then it’s back onto my life fitness treadmill which I can’t get enough of at the moment, so cool, plenty of trainer workouts, and ample sweat sessions! 

Cheers 
Graham  

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A word from the home front



It’s been relatively quiet on the triathlon front but I’ve had a good break since my last event in March and am back into the swing of all things training now.  

I am super stoked to have Life Fitness supporting me by supplying a T70 Treadmill, this is going to be magic when full on Taupo winter kicks in, I won’t miss being outside on negative degree mornings.  The T70 is awesome, it has given me the flexibility to train whenever the opportunity arises which isn’t so consistent now with a newborn in the house.  I’ve had to really make the most of my time between feeds/sleeps and playtime (that’s for the baby not me although there are some similaritiesJ) so having indoor equipment lets me get in the sessions I need and means being more specific and focused.  Check out their equipment at www.lifefitness.co.nz (check that address).

The next race in just five short weeks is Escape from Alcatraz triathlon.  This is by far my favourite race of the year, the location, the course, the organisers and spectators it always rolls in to one awesome day!  Until then it will just be train, train, train.

Cheers
Graham


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

New Plymouth Half Ironman

I always love racing down in the Naki so it was great to be heading back down to attempt to defend my title from last year.  It’s a bit of a long haul drive from Kinloch but definitely worth the time!  The last few weeks have been going ok, I have been working on my speed a bit more so a lot more shorter faster sessions which is been great for my development and most importantly giving me extra time to spend with my family.  The weekend would be a good endurance session and hit out to keep the form rolling.

The swim went well, a little long but I wasn’t complaining coming out of the water with around a 2min 30 lead.   I wasn’t racing with a watch on the bike which has its benefits but I was wondering when the turnaround was going to finally arrive, and then I could only guess the time I had to second place….I had enough to be comfortable but it did look like the field was pushing hard so I tried not to button off at all.  As it was I had around the same lead as I started the ride and taking out the fastest bike split.

Onto the run the legs felt fresh and I was able to tick the k’s off comfortably and extend my lead, it was great to feel light on my feet and take the win again.

Recovery has been good and am back into the short hard stuff again which I am really enjoying.

Next up is an ITU race in Tasmania in 3 weeks, yep that’s a short drafting race!  I am really looking forward to the challenge.


Graham