So, I have now been in Korea for one month and I have actually learned a bit about myself as an athlete. The main thing I learned is that I am less stuck in my ways than I originally thought I was.
2017 was a great learning experience for me. I had a solid build up to Ironman Coeur d’Alene which was the A race of the year. I executed well on that race from start to finish and didn’t make too many large mistakes. It taught me a lot about how I want to have a lead up go to be mentally and physically ready for an Ironman. I capped off the year qualifying of Kona!!
I can't remember the first time it happened. Maybe February, maybe March of 2017, but I jumped on the trainer for a quick ride, and after about 20 minutes I came off. I didn't feel right. I sat on my sofa and immediately fell asleep. And not an okay asleep. Like a comatose, I can't move my limbs, kind of sleep.
Swimmin' like a Crazy Man: The Turkey 10k (aka How to Swim 10k in a pool and not even think it's hard)
A 10k in a 25 meter pool is 400 lengths of the pool. That’s a long ways to mentally grasp. So the masters team coach writes out a set on three white boards! I’m not joking.....
Well y'all, honestly I can say that I'm super on top of this. I've put in some hard hours, and plan to be aggressive on the forecheck and dig deep in those corners. Also it's just swimming, biking and running, so you know, no big deal....
Well I completed my first World Championship Race in Kona, and it was a humbling experience for sure. Before getting into the report I just wanted to say that this year was a very solid year. The main goal...
So that leaves John. And not only did John qualify for Kona, he qualified on his first solid attempt and in spectacular fashion!!
And because we've been getting so many requests, I though we'd do a Q&A for all you aspiring Kona competitors. So what about it, John? What does it really take to place yourself amongst the top endurance athletes on the planet?
ED: So what do you do to break up the long run boredom? Well, if you're Matty P, you just stumble upon and join a local 5k race! Watch Mat (literally) show some great flexibility in his training plan by applying the first rule of Ironman, this is (sometimes) supposed to be fun! Featuring local scenery and a very real dilemma at the end that all of us long runners have faced. Take a look.
Early morning race start of 6am had me up at 3 AM for breakfast and coffee. I had my typical breakfast that I have had before every big training day. 3 picky bars, cup of coffee with a little cream, then sipped on 50g of tailwind nutrition in 24oz of water before leaving at 4:14 to the race. Going into this race through the entire week I believe I did an excellent job of hydratingIwas constantly making sure I was getting in at a minimum 5x 24oz bottles of water throughout the day. This set me up for a warm race day.
With all that training in prep for Ironman Arizona, Mat just doesn't have the time to sit down and write long words. But he does have time to vlog about it! So here it is kids!