|Better keep reading to find out where we are!|
|Lots of prerace nerves with this bib!|
|The view of the Choptak River from our homestay|
Throughout my triathlon career, I have been dealing with left-right imbalances. This spring it has become a huge limiter. I think this is due to me getting stronger, therefore increasing my ability to torque my body even more. The increase in strength is hugely important for me to be able to ride fast. I have been increasing muscle mass over the last 18 months, and my bike splits from Challenge Denmark, IM Arizona, and Eagleman show that. Lifting with Craig Smith has been a great benefit to my bike split. It has been a detriment to my health, however, as it has brought out my imbalances even more. This killed my race at Wildflower and lead to very inconsistent training this spring. I would say that I derive the most confidence from looking back and seeing consistent training. Dealing with these hip injuries resulted in the opposite of consistency: Taking time off, getting treatment, training until another flare up and continuing the cycle made for a very spotty spring. About two weeks before Eagleman, I received some great ART from Melissa Hollman in Tucson, and my pain level instantly dropped. I got in a seven day block of training (a bit different from my preferred five week block!) and off I went.
I knew that when I was able to ride, I was riding well for me. I also had a PR in a 15k run earlier this spring and my track workouts from then led me to believe that I was running well, at least for the early season. I knew I had the pieces in place if I could put it together. So, on a bit of hope and some extra swimming I flew to Eagleman.
|This kit looks better than my suffer face!|
|Suffering with my moto|
|I made the awards!|
|Green - Ocean - Rain... not Tucson!|
Huub - my new wetsuit and speed suit helped me stay in the front pack!
Craig Smith - My skater butt is really starting to pop!
Big Sexy Racing - I didn't win the race, but I was the best dressed guy out there!
Quintana Roo - my fastest bike split speaks for itself!
Trisports.com- Awesome having this local shop in my corner!
Zoot - I ran from 9th to 5th without socks on a hot humid day. Need I say more?
|Just your standard shake out run to the other side of the Atlantic!|