January 26, 2011
Thanks for checking in
Happy to report that after a few months of stop and start with injuries and bike crashes, some momentum is finally building for the 2011 season.
Today, Cody Angell and I headed down to the 18th annual Australia day 5k and 10k in Bunbury. The local Bunbury running scene is certainly bigger this year with a new faster Half and Full Marathon called the 3 Waters set for May 22. The race will celebrate 30 years of Marathon races in Bunbury and feature some big money.
In this race, there was unfortunately no such $$$ but Cody is in great shape and set a good tempo on the flat but technical 5k course (2 laps for 10km) . I took a while to get the rust moving but once the first few km’s ticked by, started to find a tempo and rolled out a solid 31.49. Cody ran the 5k in 15.37 for a comfortable win. The only complaint was that a lack of a lead bike made the second lap very congested with a few hundred runners and walkers on the footpath. The legs were stronger than I expected and all that is needed now is a month of solid work and I will ready for Europe.
Till next time
January 21, 2011
January 14, 2011
Well folks the time is nigh for the season to get underway and to get started I have signed on for the 21st edition of the famous Onati Duathlon on March 19th. I am excited to finally get the chance to race this prestigious event on the Basque Circuit and indeed return with the urdaibai team in Gernika and get training in the beautiful countryside at the foot of the Pyrenees.
Two of the top French duathletes and some great Basque athletes will make Onati a tough start to the year. The course is renowned for it’s tough bike profile (below) and big crowds on the inner city run course.
A good 4 hours in the hills today but plenty of work to be done…..
January 11, 2011
Firstly, happy new year to everyone and hope you have set your goals and ambitions for 2011
I have just returned from a week at the “Running Symposium” that is Falls Creek. It has long been an ambition of mine to get to the mountain, which sits 1700m above sea level in the Alpine regions of Victoria. Ray Boyd, a great man and someone who has been very influential in my sport, has always encouraged me to attend and I must say I am glad I finally took the opportunity this year.
The week was mainly spent trying to accumulate km’s and build fitness, as I missed considerable training over Christmas and New Year due to a back injury sustained in a bike crash in mid December. I also had the chance to pick the brains of some great athletes, most importantly former World Duathlon Champion, Jonathon Hall. He had some great info to share re efficiency and performance and got me up to date with some of the latest research from the AIS. Hopefully, I can use the info to be more specific in my preparation for 2011 World’s.
With the time off training and a fondness for red wine and good cheese I am currently 77kg. Plenty of work to be done but the motivation is on an up swing and for me once the mind clicks in gear the body isn’t too far behind. The hiccup means I will not race until Feb where I will do the Perth Crits and some running events before leaving for Spain on March 14th.
Thanks for checking in and once again, all the best for 2011