It's been a focussed few weeks and has seen some quality work completed.
After Galway Aquathon the plan had been to train a couple weeks before racing King of the Hill sprint in Cork.
With the recent addition of Groomsport 70.3 to the race calendar, this changed the focus a bit ahead of time and on closer review King of the Hill could have been raced, but would have meant sacrificing some key 70.3 sessions.
Not what I had in mind so skip it and let's go with 70.3 focus.
I got some quality work in over the weekend and was also keeping an eye on the results also.
Imagine my joy at seeing Rory Sexton - who beat me in Carrick sprint by 20-30secs, come home in 3rd place! Now every race is different as we all know and Rory may have been in better shape for this, but similarly the bike was harder and may have suited me more as well. One of those you look at, and move on. Trevor Woods won it in a shocker right....? He's in top form this year and racing a lot of races so always up there. Currently leading the National Series comfortably after a surprise bumper of points from Brian Boru recently.
He would definitely have been in the running anyway though so can't be too much arguments from those close, still, gotta hurt for those that didn't race it as no one expected quite that many points there it's safe to say.
Anyway, so it was back to training hard and the last few weeks saw some nice building and it's only in the last week or 2 that I've started to feel stronger all round.
I'm running faster than I've ever ran and this was an area of concern as it had been my weakest discipline in results thus far. I'm now happy with how I've progressed in training and hopefully can translate that to my remaining races this season...
So, with King of the Hill canned, that meant my only Sprint had been Valentia for the National Series. In order to count towards end of year you need to complete 2 sprint, 2 olympic and 1 any distance in the National Series so it was now a case of will I just ignore it or try fit in a sprint?
A review of the Calendar showed my Club Race, Pulse Clogherhead Sprint to be the only race that suited the calendar and actually the last sprint race of the year!
Luckily I marshalled last year so hopefully can race it this year and get that 5th race in for National Series points.
Onto the next few weeks then.
I've been on a slight taper the last week and this week. Volume is down a little and it's a case of still touching the intensity zones but ensuring recovery and no lasting tiredness etc.
Groomsport is my first half ironman on this Sunday.
Being National Championships it should be a reasonably big one and the course sounds quite nice with a challenging run over different terrain.
I head up on Saturday for a course recce and get a good nights sleep ahead of the noon start on Sunday.
After Groomsport it will be a case of recover and prep for Galway 2 weeks later.
So 2 x 70.3's in 2 weeks which will be unknown territory but I'm looking forward to them both.
I know it will be 4+ hours of suffering, but I'm also quietly looking forward to this and hope the distance brings out the best in me!
My training has always been geared towards Galway and the 70.3 distance so now it's time to learn what it's all about. First time at the distance this weekend and I know the run will be a sufferfest! Can't wait!
Either way, great to be racing. It's been around 5 weeks and it just feels too long!
In other news, another 70.3 race has found it's way onto this year's calendar!
Miami 70.3 in October!! Yes!
Complete coincidence with "summer" holiday and timing but I can't not do it whilst I'm there! No way.
Michael Raelart raced it last year and Sebastian Kienle won it I think. A fast bike course, non wetsuit swim and exposed run. Should be a great one!
I'll be sure to post up Groomsport Race Report next week once I've recovered!
I do plan on another race or 2 in September hopefully - will depend completely on how long it takes to recover from a 70.3?
I'll know more in a week or so after Groomsport on this.
I also want to hit out a 10k run near end of September and smash a pb hopefully so keeping my eyes for a suitable race. Clane 10k is a maybe at end of Sept. Rathfarnham 5k the week before is also a maybe but we shall see what suits once recovery from 70.3's are known.
Now, I'm off to clean my bike and prep a few things ahead of the weekend!