Thursday, July 17, 2008

Gearing Up To Go All Out

I took a look at the Timberman starting list today. I usually like to go into my main events "blind" and just focus upon preparing to execute my own race. Up until this point in time I've never paid attention to who I'd be "racing" against, as I have been content to simply do the best that I can on race day and then let the chips fall where they may as far as my placing is concerned.

Well, after finishing just outside of the podium (50 seconds), again, this past weekend, I've had enough.

I'm sick of this shit.

Timberman 70.3 is going to feature a STACKED elite field. Scroll through the "Special" entrants page and pick out the big names if you'd like.

I see no point in playing things conservatively on 8/17. I've satisfied every personal goal I've had as a triathlete and am not afraid to state for the record that I want to start beating some of the big name pros now.

I've always hated the way that people prop the super stars up and look at them as though they are untouchable. I know for a fact that I don't possess nearly as much natural ability as most of these athletes, but I also know that I'm willing to pay the price in both training and competition to give myself a shot at beating them.

This being said, as soon as my legs recover from RI 70.3, I'm going to lay it down in training the next couple of weeks so that I'm 100% ready to go for broke at Timberman.

I'd much rather take a shot this time around, even if it means that I end up "blowing up" on the run and walking to the finish line.

Enough rambling. Lots of hard work ahead. No more blogging until the dust has settled on 8/17.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Rhode Island 70.3

  • Improved Swim
  • Competitive Bike Split
  • Second Fastest Run Split of the Day
  • 4:02:18/6th Place Overall Against a Strong International Field

I'll take it.

Still lots of work to do, but the fitness is starting to come around now that I have the time to train and recover correctly!

I'll make the most of this down week before I start prepping for Timberman. I'm going to start introducing some IM specific training into the mix now since IMFL is only 3.5 months away. I'm looking forward to upping the ante on the training front!

Congratulations to everyone who raced yesterday!