2013 in review, By Matty White,
Sorry I have been a bit slack on the blog front lately as things have been crazy hectic on the homefront as well as starting up my new coaching business! I hope to be on top of things more in 2014 to keep everyone updated on my racing and sponsorships.
2013 started ok with wins in Albany and Coles Bay and a few other solid local results leading into Cairns Ironman where I went in underprepared and finished solid 6th. After Cairns I decided to take a punt on Metaman where there was great prize money and support offered to pro athletes (over $150k). Unfortunately I got really sick through the Adelaide winter and picked up just about every bug going around, and for those of you that have kids you will understand what I mean as my daughter started to approach 1 years old and the ensuing interaction with other children lead to a lot of colds in the Whitehouse.
I also made a few mistakes over winter one of which was doing a 10 hour training day straight after a big concussion (this could be a good excuse for taking wrong turns in races) and also staying in an altitude tent while suffering from a cold/flu. All these contributed to a long day of mental and physical suffering at Metaman in 40 degree heat where I still finished 4th! This race was very challenging but in the same sense beautiful and scenic. The run lap is torturous 6 lap course on a jungle track in oppressive heat. In saying this though I hope to return next year with the goal of winning and taking care of some unfinished business.
After Metaman there were a few false starts as I was still recovering from Metaman and illness, but managed to find my feet with a strong confidence building result at Murrayman LD in November with a solid 2nd. I had won this race 4 times and never been beaten but Dave Mainwaring had a great day and I was only a few minutes down after leading off the bike. I then moved on to Shepparton where I had a solid 4th place and a great run, this giving me good confidence leading into Busselton Ironman where after a disaster in the water I drove the bike hard to ride a 4:27 (2nd fastest) and place myself in 2nd place for the first few laps of the run before fading into 5th at the end in 8:25. They say you cant win an ironman in the swim but having a bad one at this level can really affect your race which it did that day as the hard ride took a lot out of my legs in the later stages of the marathon.
After Busso I kept plugging away with a relatively light week leading into a big block over xmas as I was racing Albany Half and Challenge Wanaka. We have a holiday house about 180km north of Adelaide where we spent xmas, so time trialling up there and back with a strong run/swim block has got me right on track for Wanaka next week, but after xmas I went to Albany to try and win the race legitimately this time (I won last yr but was DQd for littering) unfortunately this year I missed the bike turn off at 85km and kept riding another few kms down the road as the sign blew down for a left turn! This was disappointing on a few fronts as I was in 2nd and was confident of a really fast run, but I am sure this is not the first nor last time I will go the wrong way in a race. I just wish it would happen when I was having a bad race not a good one!
Overall though I am still happy with 2013 even though I had a rough patch in the middle of the year, as a pro athlete you would be niaive to think that each year is going to be better than the next , but in the same sense its really important to learn from mistakes and push through the bad patches. I find you can gain strength from picking yourself up off the ground during bad patches and perform again at a high level.
For 2014 I am aiming on setting my schedule a little better with the aim of grabbing an ironman win along the way, this will mean focusing entirely on certain events during the year and getting the best out of myself in the races I am competing in.
I will release my schedule in the next week as I am finalizing it currently.