Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Back to normal?

Looks like the body is just about back to normal and training is back on track. After a surprising result last week in Noumea and a good week of training I am still injury and niggle free.
In the next few weeks I will be heading back to Europe with TBB to race a long list of events ranging from olympic to Ironman distance. With some good solid training in the legs I am sure I can go above and beyond my results from previous years.
At the moment it looks like my first race will be a long course ITU race in China on my way through to Switzerland. I was hoping to do China 70.3 one week earlier but that race was canceled last week.

Around the house we have been busy chasing Tyler, who has learn t how to climb the stairs and pull mums bottles of wine off the shelves. He is really developing quickly and I'm hoping to see him take his first steps before I leave. Not sure about the talking part... I think that will take alot longer. At the moment he just loves making loud noises to get our attention.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Noumea Photos

A few photos from the weekends race in Noumea.
Finally down to the two of us! 

Run lap no 2 of 4
Trying to stay in touch with Vernay

Sunday, May 8, 2011

3rd Win in Noumea!

Wow, I just won Noumea after a battle with Patrick Vernay basically all the way to the line.
This year was a bit different to years in the past, the pro field was alot smaller but still good quality. Some of the usual guys were chasing points in World Cup events to try and qualify for the olympics so they couldn't come, some of the guys including Vernay raced Ironman last week in Port Macquarie and I am still very much coming back from my broken leg.
The race started out with a two lap swim where I got totally hammered but managed to come out with Vernay right on my heels so a good position, from there it was just a matter of hanging onto him as he tore through the rest of the field averaging just over 43km/h. By the start of the second lap on the bike we had caught the early leaders and now had a group of four guys all trying to hold onto Patrick. I tried to go around him once and do a turn but I had no chance, I drew level with his back wheel and couldn't get past him so from there I made the decision that if I did'nt want to get dropped I was going to sit behind and just try to hang onto the machine.
We entered T2 as a group still and started the run very slowly. Right away I was off  the back with about a 10m gap back from everyone in my own little world. Slowly I bridged back to the guys and got my legs back to start pushing the pace and the group of four slowly started to dwindle until finally it was just Vernay and myself left to fight it out on the last lap. With about 2km to go I got dropped with about a 10m gap again from him but again managed to fight my way back. Although I'm a terrible sprinter I thought surely if it came to a sprint I would have the fresher legs after Vernays Ironman effort last week.
With about 800m to go I surged and managed to get a little gap and from there just had to hold on with everything I had, hoping not to get caught.
I really didnt think I had any chance of winning as I have hardly run since my injury almost six months ago and my last attempt on Thursday saw me fall flat on my face when my knee gave way during a grass track session.
Everything seemed to hold up well today though and has started my comeback on a good note. Hopefully it only gets better and better from here!

Cheers, Aaron.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Mr and Mrs Farlow!

We officially tied the knot last week at a lunch time service with a small group of friends and family just outside of Canberra. We could'nt have asked for a better day, everything went just as we wanted it to. No rain or bad weather and a few drinks with good company. For everyone that is on facebook you can checkout more of the photos there but I have attached a couple here.
Danielle and I have been togeather for almost five years now and she has supported me through everything from my travels and sport to starting our own family. Without her I dont know what I would be doing with myself now but I'm pretty sure I would'nt be sitting in a hotel room on a tropical island getting ready for a race right now!