Friday, October 28, 2011

2011 racing photos

Lots of Kms of racing this year. here is a best overview of it in photos.

Porto Santo half ironman
2nd, Tune up race for South Africa

Ironman South Africa
12th, wass very fit but had monster stomach pain during the run

Trans Portugal
3rd, 9 stages, 1200 of MTB riding, very tough, enjoyed every km of it. left me trashed for a long time

IM Texas
11th, 2 weeks after the MTB race, was still really tired

Aveiro Half ironman
2nd, one week after texas, did my best ;)

IM France
5th, Great race, great course

IM Zurich
6th, 2 weeks after France, felt really good and actually held myself in the marathon to recover quickly to what was coming

IM Frankfurt
16th, blew up really had at 120km, 3 IM in one month can do that to you ;)

Guadalajara Half ironman
2nd, The tune up race for hawaii. I was Way better here than in the island

IM World Champs, hawaii
33th, Bad day all day, didnt really have much to leave in the course, felt really weak. but went for it the whole way

This is how i ended my season ;)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

the race

definetely not what i anticipated but i went through it to finish the best i could.

From start to finish it was all about suffering at a speed that would be a good recovery workout.

The swim was basically a lonely effort, i passed lindsey somewhere before the turn around and that was about it. Felt so hard and endless that swim, no big news to tell there.

As soon as i steped into the bike seemed like i was hit by a lighning bolt (i never had so probably not the best way to tell), had absolutely no power in the legs and the few i had felt so hard to put in the pedals, got passed by the slower swimmers, Jozsef went by me like 15km/h faster than i, really, then the girls, badman thurig etc. I had such a hard time going up hawi and no matter how many calories i got in it never changed the outcome of the ride. I Averaged 208W a good 50 55W below my best performances this year. the only good thing is that i kept a even pace power wise. finished with 5:10 on a good day for fast riding.

the run was all about finishing the day, nedlees to say that i felt terrible while running slowly and was actually surprised that a sub 3h was made.

Really hard day with no power in my body. Probably just an extension of my week where after arriving on sunday i only felt good on tuesday  and then i really went downhill. i was really feeling good leading to this with tremendous workouts but i wasnt abble to put everything together in one day.

Vanessa had a good day phisically but had some major GI in the midle of the run that made her finish in 11:30, im actually happy for her overall performance and her hapiness to finish IM hawaii.

so, it was far from my ideal season finale but neverthless i fell like i had a tremendous season, some bad races yes but most where really good for me.

more after the break

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

in hawaii

Ah yes, im in hawaii already, Loooong trip that ended on sunday.

as a quick blog, i would say that i haven't had much time to blog, even on weekend ive been out of my city to get some fresh air leading to a decent prep to the race. Place like my all time spot Tomar and definetely my new amazing training place in Avis.

Of course anyone that follows my blog knows about Tomar, but let me tell you that Avizacqua training center is just a perfect place for triathlon training and in particular Long distance. more on that later.

The build up for this was very decent but i certainly feel the need to get some real rest from a very busy season where i definetely wasn't the "real pro", very far from that but i managed to get VERY good results. I managed to get some more time to workout in September, not sure if it was the right thing to do ;)

the overview of the workouts would be the following

since i got here i have been feeling a lot below what i would like, jet lat and really tired from the travel, but i guess everything will get together in a few days!

What im really enjoying is Vanessas experience here in the big island. I can really say with 100% that she is having a blast and she is only here for one day ;) We had a calm day yesterday where we just needed to workout and have a photo session with swift bikes witch was pretty cool

Having said that, all is well so far, today will promise to be a very relaxing day again, but tomorrow the schedule gets tougher ;)