Thursday, March 31, 2011

Porto Santo

so this weekend, the first race of the season (for me) took place in Porto santo, the small island with awesome beaches here in portugal.

I was 2nd last year in a very thight race where i was passed with just 1.5 km to go. This year with a totally diferent periodization i was looking to go up another spot but had to settle for the same ;)

It was the first week of Taper or something close to that for me. Africa is just around the corner!!!

I really didnt felt like a million bucks in the three sports so all was pretty leveled, lost too much time in the swim wasnt abble to put the watts i was requested to and am perfectly aware that i could do it and the run was slugish too. Pedro Gomes was untoutchable by a long shot since the swim and i fought with Rafael during the race for second. i passed him arount 60 70 km into the ride and tought he was going to close the gap on the run but fortunately he faded in the last half and i was safe in 2nd, another 2nd. i swam something like 28 biked 2:17 and ran 1:15:30 for an just over 4h race something like 5 min off pedro and with 3 min to 3rd.

This week i will se more taper of course with some cool workouts to do in the weekend, then its off to AFRICA.

some photos

The "clube TAP" won the team competition and that was a great start of the season.

WC164K won the women competition in the run so overall a great weekend :D

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Weekend at the new spot

Cadaval, 40 min from lisbon is my new flavor of the day spot.

Awesome roads, hills, flats, no traffic, dirt roads to run, its awesome... I LIKE IT.

I spent another weekend over there to log my final kms before thinking in any kind of taper for south africa.

Me and WC164K AKA Vanessa witch is of course the local hero ;)

Gorgeous weekend with awesome weather, finally. Saturday saw me riding 3h running 50 min and swimming 3000m and on sunday a long 5:20 followed by 45 min run, all this with tons of intervals gave me a lot of energy to enjoy the rest of the day doing nothing and enjoying the weather :D

All is right, felt tired after this weekend but its all part of the process.

A little test this weekend and we will see how it goes from there.

Friday, March 18, 2011

time to race

been quiet for a while now right?

Well there is severall things going on but training has been there all the time and i have been happy with it...

An overview of what i have been doing is around this: LESS=MORE ;)

With all the debate of more is more or less is more and since i have a new coach that knows me since my very first jogs to do some duathlons. Very good friend Helder.

I have been doing less for sure when compared to what was usual in any year i have been racing IM at least for most of it anyway.

A LOT less kms in the pool in the winter with very focused workouts that although shorter really are hard.
The same has been going on with bike and run but not as much. I have been seeing quality workouts everywhere ;)

And since time really flies, next week i will be racing in an Half Ironman in madeira. 2 weeks afterwards, Ironman South Africa is my goal.

The nice thing about after South Africa is that i will race a MTB stage race for the fun and why not get out of it with a tremendous bike capabilities ;)

more soon, i hope