So the past two weeks have seen some slight backing off in training due to a couple of sharpening up races.
The first of these was the final race (#3), in my Tri clubs Spring Duathlon series.
I had a wee taper towards the end of the week to freshen up a bit for this race so to really nail a good performance and get the most out of the race. It also gives the chance to really test the body (and mind) when fresh to really see where the fitness is at while allowing for opportunity to boost mental confidence with an increased performance when under race conditions. I don't always see the point in racing when tired or fatigued because often all you end up with is a lack luster performance and then not feeling good about it. Plus you can't really push the bodies limits.
This race went well for me with a comfortable 57sec win. I had two solid runs beating local top runner Cliff Bowman off the first run, then only dropping two seconds on the second run after the bike. I also posted the second fastest 20km timetrial behind a local cycling specialist. So this showed that my strength is the ability to perform consistently across the board within disciplines. The bike leg was my fastest of the three races showing that my bike training is on the right path. So I came off the bike with a comfortable lead and pulled away more on the final run.
The second race was as a team member of the senior men's A team competing in the NZ Road Relay running champs here in Nelson with Nelson's best runners and other triathletes such as Simon Mardon and Richard Ussher. Unfortunately our team was last in the A division against national class pure runners, however we would have won the B division comfortably so I was happy having better competition.
I was happy with my run and performance on lap three over 8.4km and recorded the 9th fastest for the day and being within two and half minutes of the top men. I felt strong and had a great battle with the runner from the team that eventually just beat us. I took confidence out of my relatively even kilometer splits on a somewhat undulating and wind affected course.
I am now into my final sixteen days of preparation for the World Triathlon Champs, so my next blog will be from up in Auckland five days before I race, and will include a typical weeks training for me.
Enjoy the daylight savings and warming weather and get out amongst it people.