Monday, July 30, 2012

The Race

So the race went about as well as i could hope. The weather was on the cool side the whole day. The fan support was nothing short of astonishing. The ENTIRE city greeted the runners on the run. During the bike, most if not all the people of the tiny hamlets of the surrounding area were out cheering as well. And when I say cheer, I don't mean golf clapping. They were drinking and routy. They would get in you face and yell 'Vaya!' Most of the kids I encountered chanted 'USA! USA!' it was beyond my imagination for how amazing the event was. When we arrived in the city for the run, thousands of people were screaming. A make-shift stadium of screaming people, clowns, a jumbo-tron screen greeted us right of the bat. This was then followed by miles of screaming locals. As far as the competition, I did about as well as I could have hoped to. I exited the swim faster than I thought. I credit my good showing here to drafting smartly and lots of increased time in the water over the past 6 months. The bike was my weakest leg. Everyone in that race was a bike superstar. Compared to my competition, this is where I lost the most ground. But I maintained around 20 mph throughout and felt good. On the run, I took the first 20km fairly easy. My legs on the ancient stone surface were a little shaky. After I got my bearing, I turned it up for the last 10km. All in all, happy with my efforts and thrilled with the experience. What's next? Rest at least for a little while.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Finished!

Just finished up the 2012 Long Distance World Championships! I'll blog about this later with pictures, but it was an amazing experience. Ttys.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Night before

Laying in my hotel room listening to a local band play what sounds like mariachi music. I wonder if they realize they are working during ciesta. Anyway, got my run, bike stuff checked in at T2 and T1 respectively. Weather right now is perfect. Tomorrow will be a little warmer and rainy. I have a feeling there will be some downpours. Oh well, just going to go with the goal of feeling good on the swim and bike and trying to run the majority of the run. Hope this band stops sometime in the next couple hours :-/

Friday, July 27, 2012

Espana

Coming up on the end of our 2nd full day in Spain. Yesterday went out to San Sebastian and had a blast. Really beautiful place. Today got into the water (about 72 degrees). It was pretty much the nicest lake I've been in. Now it's time to head down for the team USA picture and walk to opening ceremonies. Then we get some pasta! Word to the wise: if you go to Spain, make sure you eat before their all daylong break. Not too difficult to see why this coueconomic in an economic crisis. They work for about 4 hours per day (they don't seem to work that hard during those 48hours either btw ;)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Spain!

Made it to Vitoria! Took a quick tour of Bilbao. Now it's time to settle I. And sleep. Up for 36 hours straight.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Televised?

Heading to Europe tomorrow! Very excited. Still a lot of stuff to do. But my bike is just about packed, clothes are mostly packed, and just finishing up the details today.

FYI, I saw this on the TEAM USA site today:

Will the event be televised?
The event will be live streaming on the internet through the following website: www.triathlonvitoria.com. You may also follow the competition on Facebook at www.facebook.com/triathlonvitoriagasteiz or on Twitter @TriVitoria #TriVitoriaWChamp. Live results will be posted at www.triathlon.org.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Getting Ready For Europe

I leave for Europe a week from tomorrow...To put this in context, I will now list out the countries I have visited in my life:

  1. The United States
  2. Canada
So this is a big deal for me. I really do not know what it is going to be like traveling to a foreign country, doing a race in a  foreign country, doing such a long race in a  foreign country. 

Leigh and I will be blogging here to document our European trip for those back home who are interested. Hopefully we'll get some pictures of the race up quickly along with some description of the events leading up to the race. 

As of right now, I think planning and prep are going well. My training is basically done except for some tune-up runs and swims. I plan on doing a 1 mile swim race this weekend but this is really to practice my swim start (that is, not panic and go out too fast). If I'm not ready at this point, I won't get more ready in the next 13 days.

So stay tuned for more blogging to come...

Sunday, July 8, 2012

OMG the Heat

Finished up my last big training exercise today. Ran 16.8 in what must have been the muggiest conditions i have ever seen. The temperature has been triple digits for weeks now. When I started running this morning (at 5:50AM) i bet the dew point was about 80. My feet were sweating before i started to run. My heart rate was about where i would expect, but i ran the SLOWEST time in about 7 years. I'm not too worried about it though. The conditions were absolutely extreme. Checking the weather in Vitoria, I should expect high in the 70's and dew points in the 40's. Perfect.

So now its taper time. My groin injury is about 80% better. Frankly not to worried about it. I was really just worried if it would get worse. Seems to have stabilized.

I may do a 1 or 2 mile swim race the week before the race. This will help give me a little last second swimming peace of mind. Will probably do a couple more small bricks and that's about it. Basically 2 weeks of work left, then on to Europe! Wow. Can't believe it is already time.