Daily Archives: June 22, 2011

fatsmoker2ironman – “test race day” coming up

This Saturday is my first test race. It is just a sprint distance triathlon (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run). Main purpose is to get a feel for a race.

Rothsee Triathlon Logo

Rothsee Triathlon Logo

The past few days were full with ups and downs considering where I am coming from. Let us start with the downs:

  • Swimming: I am far behind  my personal goal in swimming. Considering my start, most people say: “Shut up, you are good!”. Truth be told: I know I can be good enough to swim much faster, but I lack the time to do so today. It is impossbile to train more often than once or twice a day and basically doesn’t make sense either. So I have to accept my current swim performance.
  • Swimming: My neoprene suit doesn’t fit me properly yet. I can almost put it on by now, still my lower legs are too huge still. Race day will be in a Triathlon short only.
  • Bicycle: I can not put my carbon wheels on my bike. My weight still doesn’t allow me to.
  • Running: My running sucks still. I am now exactly at 7 min/km – I would almost like to cry for running that slow.
  • There are more severe downs, which I can’t and won’t list for now here. Simply since those are too frustrating and i didn’t get over those yet.

Now for the ups:

  • Medical/doctor: More by chance this happened… I felt my spine not being 100% in order, so I went to a chiro practician. Someone a good friend recommended to me. Turned out that I know that doctor very well and that he is an expert! Expert like athlete himself (one of the best Karateka in Germany, well-trained for years), specialized in chiro practice and consultant for a lot of high-end athletes, especially Triathletes. So I met him and he gave me the super-special-treatment, when we recognized each other. Despite other patients he took the time and simply removed all my major and minor issues with muscles, movement, bones, spine, joints,… My whole movement, muscle coordination,… drastically improved since then. Incredible! Unbelievable what an expert can do. It’s too much to list – issues he completely removed.
  • Swimming: I made it! Not only can I swim the distance, but I can swim even more by now. Even 2 km shouldn’t be an issue. Difficult yes, but doable.
  • Swimming: Each time I swim, my PR improves a lot. Almost 10% each time. Yes that is temporary and due to daily swim training. Yet it is extremely cool!
  • Swimming: I am calm in swimming and very confident in my technique. The training with Coach X pays 1,000 %. That combo of Coach Ralf and Coach X paired with my doctors is probably one of my best choices ever!
  • Bicycle: Today I made a test run on the race course for Saturday. 34:40 is the best from last year winner for three times that course total. My test run – while I felt bad overall today – for one time the course finished at 12:07. That time today includes front winds, crosswinds, some pedestrians and other people stopping me from being faster. Assuming I can enter at that rhythm – then I can rock the bike part. Am content when I am in the middle of pack, but I do believe I might be able to make TOP 5 in bike time. At least I will try.
  • Bicycle: I love my TT helmet 😀
  • Running: Yes, my running sucks as mentioned in the downs.  But I feel better and more confident than ever when running. It is now easy to run in higher pulse, while being faster. I can control it without feeling bad – feels more like a drug.

That being said: Saturday is a test. My race strategy will be:

  1. Swimming: Considering my improvements the past few weeks, i will start slow and increase pace starting at app. 100m. When 50% of those 750m are done, I check my remaining power. If ok, I will try to rock the swim. Am content finishing with 18 minutes (no improvement), I would love to finish slightly below 16 minutes. I think I could do that, but I will not push my luck.
  2. Transition: Since I am swimming in my running shorts… This will simply be a put-my shirt, helmet and glasses on and run off with my bike. Nothing fancy.
  3. Bicycle: Due to my training I know that I can regenerate fast – extremely fast. Also I don’t use my legs really in swimming, so I figure I start the bike part already fit and powerful. If I am right then I will explode – speedwise. If not then I will be middle of pack. We shall see. Point is: I will be racing on my bike as if it is the last discipline – every shot of power I got into the bike-part. Actually I am racing in training like that too, even if I run afterwards.
  4. Transition 2: I trained it a lot at home. Can put shoes off on the bike and enter finish line that way. No issue – easy-going.
  5. Running: Mentally I am prepared to crawl on all fours through the finish line. Practically  I assume to be running in slow motion. Pointless to save power for running. I can run 7:10 min a km anytime even exhausted, but never was faster than 7:00 min/km. So it is pointless to care about it. My running plain sucks big time. Nuff said!

I am still preparing my pre-race strategy: Most points are already known and planned, but eg. I am not sure on what I eat the day before as well as on race day. Got an idea but not decided yet.

Should I finish below 1:30 hours, then you will see me surprised BIG TIME! Should I make some high-end bike time, then you won’t be able to carve the smile off my face for days or weeks even.

Yet I hope to have fun.

Yours truly


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