HYVEE GRAND FINAL AND 70.3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

After a solid race season so far with lots of great improvements taking place I have just finished the two biggest races of the year. Leading into these two races I put together a great training block in Boulder and I was confident of getting to great results in consecutive weekends. The first race was the 5150 Olympic distance Championship race in Iowa with the largest prize purse in the sport. The following weekend I had the 70.3 World Championships. Both races boasted very deep competitive fields and I was expecting some fast racing.

BOULDER PEAK 2014

I have just had a great week with the arrival of my parents and the Boulder Peak Triathlon. I placed second last year and I really wanted to get a great result in front of my parents. The course changed a little due to road damage from the flooding last year so we didn’t have the Classic Peak of old stage road. The organizers still did a great job of making the bike course challenging. I had a week off following my three sequential 70.3 races and had only been back in training for a week in the lead-up to this race. I was nervous, as I knew that it would either be a fantastic day and that I would feel unbelievably good or that I would feel like I’m pushing through concrete all day long. Ben and I talked a lot in the week to make sure I wasn’t digging myself a hole so I could have a good hit out in the race.

SYRACUSE 70.3 2014

I made it!! I have just finished off my three 70.3 races on back-to-back weekends. All in all it has been a great few weeks with my final race last Sunday in Syracuse. My body definitely feels ready for an easy week! I loved the challenges thrown my way racing over consecutive weekends and I am really happy with how I raced in each race. I have learnt a lot and feel like I have really gained some valuable race experience and overall strength. The plan from here is to recover well, physically and mentally, this week before ramping up the training leading into the Hy-Vee Championships and the 70.3 World Championships.

BOULDER 70.3 2014

I raced the Boulder 70.3 on the weekend; it is really quite an awesome thing being able to race just down the road from home! It definitely makes for quite a relaxed lead in to the race and it is always nice knowing the course really well. Transition is about a ten-minute bike ride from my front door and the bike course goes almost straight past my front door. This years Boulder 70.3 is about a month earlier than last year so it was quite cool on race morning. The field that was ready to commence battle was far from cool with a very solid line up of previous World Champions, Olympians and multiple 70.3 winners, incredibly a lot of these guys are based in Boulder for much of the year. Coming off the back of my first 70.3 win in Kansas last weekend I was feeling pretty good and ready to go again. I have had an easier week since Kansas 70.3 to make sure I recovered well and be ready for a fast race on the weekend.