Ironman Arizona lead in….

November 20th, 2011 by

So tomorrow morning I’m racing an Ironman again –┬áTempe, Arizona. I’m excited to have a shot at the long stuff again, as its been a little while since I last gave it a go. Quite some time actually. That being said it (like most things in life) seems to have rolled around much sooner than I thought it would! Always the way ­čśë

This was me race morning in Kona last month… watching an Ironman, but also getting fired up to race one again. – It’s kind of a big deal doing one of these things!

I had a good month in Austin training for this event. My race at the Austin 70.3 last month didnt exactly light things up, but I had some great training partners to pick me up afterwards┬áand help me look forward to being here in Tempe – Richie Cunningham (who i was staying with) and my Trek/K-Swiss team mate Paul ‘Barny’ Matthews were training for the Asian Pacific 70.3 Championship in Phuket, Thailand in 2 weeks time, plus Pat Evoe was prepping for Ironman Cozumel in Mexico. The end of the year it may well be, but we were all training hard and it was good to feed off each other. I enjoyed it and got a good block of training done. It always helps to have motivation provided by some buddies, no matter how slight it may be!!

My last week of easing off and ‘tapering’ was a fair old mix of some final hard sessions plus some ‘other’ stuff … namely trying to help Richie and Melissa move house. But he wouldnt let me!! Something about getting ready for an Ironman and not ‘tiring’ myself out! They are moving to Boulder this very weekend, and I will in fact see them there next week for a few days before I fly home from Denver, which will be fun.

All in it’s been some time in coming┬ábut Ironman Arizona has finally arrived … and i’m looking forward to it.┬á And I have my bike geared up and ready to go too – Huge thanks as always to Bontrager and Trek.

I will be wearing a GPS tracking device on my race belt so that you will be able to follow me all day long in the form of a little dot on a screen! – It’s a pilot scheme which will hopefully over time become standard in our races, providing constant info as to how we are doing, rather than┬áhaving to rely┬á(or not) on somewhat patchy race coverage.

Follow this link to see….

And of course the usual coverage on will be available from 1.30pm UK time. Race start is at 1.50pm at home. I’ll try finish as quick as i can ­čśë

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