Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Drawing board

Just starting to get back into some normal training the last week and spending some time to plan out the next few months of racing. Looks like I will be doing 2-3 middle distance races with a mixture of shorter events leading into Busselton Ironman early December.
I want Busselton to be my main focus for the next few months with the objective of being able to do better than my last Ironman in Germany. This time I will have alot longer to prepare for the race and the luxury of not having to travel half way around the world.
Hopefully some warm weather will arrive in the next month or so, as the days are already getting longer and we'll be back into the Aussie season!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

Welcome little Farlow!

Well the blog has been a bit quite the last week and this is the reason why. Our little bundle of entertainment came almost four weeks early. Danielle went into labor last Wednesday and we have just arrived home from the hospital today. I'm guessing there are going to be a few sleep less nights coming up!
It turned out to be a boy and we have named him Tyler Hugh.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Back in Oz

Check this out for an awsome photo. It was taken just before race start by one of our club members at Ironman Regensberg last week.
I've spent almost the last week since the race packing and in transit from Germany back to Australia. Recovery after the race is going better than I expected, the first couple of days I was very saw and tired but it seems to be going really well now and I have started to get back into a bit of light training.
The next few weeks are going to be easy while I plan out the next few months with races and prepare for baby Farlow that is due on the 5th of September. Already the house has totally been changed to look like a nursery. Almost all that is left to do is to choose the name. So we have some exciting times ahead.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

1st Ironman down

Made it through Ironman Regensberg on the weekend finishing in 6th place and a time of 8.39.
I still have a mixture of feelings after the race. I was happy to finish as it was a huge mental and physical battle to keep going but I still feel that I could have gone alot better. Which I suppose is a good thing as it gives me more motivation for my next attempt which will most likely be Ironman Busselton in December.
It was a different feeling jumping in the water just being relaxed about the long day ahead. Maybe I was to relaxed and I missed the front group of 3 guys as they just cruised off the front of the swim. They entered T1 with a three minute lead back to me and one other guy after we zig-zagged our way through the 3.8km swim and onto the 180km bike. Once on the bike I was careful not to kill myself on the first 90km and tried to hold a steady heart rate but I still managed to go to hard and really paid for it over the last 50km rolling into the second transition almost 20min behind the leaders but still in 4th place. From there it was a battle just to keep myself going forward, I reached the 8km mark and vomited everything I had drunk during the bike and my legs slowed dramatically. I managed to keep going and crossed the line in 6th place totally exhausted but keen to improve for my next outing.
From here its back to Oz and some easy training for a little while.