EIGHT DAYS till my 2014 race season kicks off. I’m going to be back in Texas – this time racing Galveston 70.3 on 6 April. I’ve had three months of reasonably consistent training: so it’s time to get started. The first race of the season is always a funny one. Training fit and racing fit are a little different and I have a typical athlete’s memory: I seem to be much better at remembering any little blips in my early season training over the week’s of solid sessions. I want a good performance (obviously!!) but I also want to see where I am at and see what I need to work on in the coming months!
I can’t complain about my first quarter. It’s not just been about COLD, SNOW and SWIM!! Although I confess I have become a little preoccupied with my weather apps. We’ve had quite a lot of it this winter in Boulder but no excuses: fellow Boulderites have been killing it early season. Aside from the usual swim, bike, run, strength, stretching, recovering, eating and sleeping – I’ve had some fun trips.
* Four days in Austin where TeamMarsh made sure we got to visit a Texan institution, the Salt Lick. I didn’t see a cowboy nor an armadillo but I ate a lot of barbecue and woke up at 3 am extremely thirsty. Job done!
* An incredible trip to Guatemala where I had a spoke to the Guatemalan triathlon community, rode in the shadows of the imposing volcanos with members of the City Tri Club, visited the beautiful city of Antigua, sampled some amazing coffee and took part in an Olympic distance triathlon. Triathlon is thriving in Guate! Big thanks to Fausto Chicas who made the trip so much fun, and to everyone who made me feel so welcome. Check out my photos for a flavour of what I got up to.
* Two week training camp in California. At the beginning of March Julie Dibens and I headed to Santa Barbara for some Californian sunshine. We spent a week hosted by local triathlete, Tina Hill (THANKS Tina!); swimming with the UCSB Tri Club – thanks to Coach Mateo for welcoming us and putting us through our paces LC; exploring new rides and runs. Brett headed out for my second week and we explored some more: Solvang and the canyons north of LA. Another highlight was hooking up with one of my favourite training partners, EK “Eccles” Lidbury in LA and jumping into some Tower26 swims. Sometimes a change is as good as a holiday and the change of scene, and outdoor riding did wonders for my fitness and mojo.
The support I get from my sponsors cannot be overstated. I’m super happy that in 2014 I will continue to work with many of my existing sponsors: Cervelo, Newton, Louis Garneau, PowerBar, Shimano, ISM and Oakley. I do have a couple of new sponsors who I am delighted to be working with.
ROKA – I’ll be swimming in the Maverick wetsuit and Viper swim skin. The Maverick wetsuit is seriously fast: and you can tell it’s been designed by swimmers – incredible flexibility around the shoulders and a panel system which promotes good rotation. It’s good!
Ceramic Speed – This year I’ll be racing with Ceramic Speed bearings this year: another performance gain. Less friction = free watts.
SO that’s a wrap on my first quarter. Next up I’ll be reporting in from Galveston. Yehaaw!!!