The last time I did a duathlon was a couple of years ago, my memories of it were sure to never do another one, and as this years race schedule panned out it soon become reality I was headed down the duathlon way again.
As a great lead into yeppoon 70.3 the following week I headed north to ipswhich for the Qld duathlon champs where the distances were 10km run 40km bike 5 km run.
As the gun went and I ponded the possibility of running straight off the front I sure was pulled back into line when an Unknown amazing runner Peter Nowell ran away and as I looked at my watch and was holding 3.15 pace I let him go thinking he surely cant keep that up but he did. After entering the transition in 29.20 I soon realised the run was a km short I set off in pursuit of the gazelle that was Peter Nowell and with in a short time had caught him and put him to bed and as you may or may not know the course was a hilly 4 lap run 5 lap bike and 2 lap run – so to my surprise I had the chance to really put some time into the chase guys, knowing there was still 3 laps to go I went about riding the up hills hard and trying to give myself more time up the road and it worked.
A great indicator of how hilly it was when there is 5 laps on a 40 km hilly hot mix 600 athletes and not one drafting penalty you no it was an honest ride. After hitting transition 2 min ahead I knew that I could settle in and concentrate on not drilling myself so I could race the following week, I ran a tidy 15.15 (short run)and finished 1st in a time of 01.48 which was exciting. It has left me wanting to go to Yeppoon knowing I have some speed and hungry to mix it with the boys up there.
So what’s different this past few months for me in training? With a whole new mind set and great knowledge of training with Grant Giles last year I have been able to apply some of his master mind methods and excellence and try doing some training on my own, I have adopted the Nerang forest as my running tool and the treadmill in the afternoons and not running on the concrete in 6 months has given me the ability to back up day after day and not to mention the constant ice bath foam roller and visits to www.mygcphysio.com.au. I have also been riding with cyclist and swimming with the Burleigh surf club guys so it’s been great mind stimulation and something different and has given me the motivation to cross training but in a race simulation in training and in result has enabled me to get threw the winter motivated and excited.
An over view of the Qld Duathlon champs was a successful and encouraging result 1st place and not all my petrol was not spent
Train hard, work even harder is my motto speak to you guys soon.