Hey everyone, well I wish I could come to you with great news however I’m sure most of you already know that the race didn’t go according to plan.
It was certainly a very low day emotionally and just as frustrating. To be honest it’s been an ongoing issue for around 10 months now, however, the positive side to last weekend is that I’m sure I have narrowed a long list of causes down to a very short one!
Long story short; I am just really struggling to hold nutrition down throughout the day, and obviously in an event like an Ironman that is an essential part of the sport. Some races are worse than others, however the trend is certainly affecting my ability to perform to what I know I am capable of!
So what actually happens – I guess the best way to explain it is to take you through my day.
Once again Taupo turned on an amazing day and the conditions were just perfect! I very quickly got into my work and comfortably moved straight onto Marko Albert’s feet as I had last year and things seemed to be going great! I certainly felt very comfortable there, in fact had hoped the pace would be a little quicker as I could tell there were a few more guys with us than I wanted. The pace certainly wasn’t as quick as last year, in fact I later found we swam around 1 minute slower!
At this stage and as with the other races I was still very comfortable as I got to work very quickly on the bike and got into a very good rhythm. However by about 40km on the bike I could tell there was a very limited amount of food going through my system, I would essentially burp up what wasn’t going through. Throughout the bike I progressively got weaker and weaker and basically had to force myself to eat. I was fit enough to sit with the pack, but when guys like Marko rode off the front there just wasn’t the power to go with him.
By the time I got to the run it was pretty much survival mode! I certainly had the fitness and leg speed to run with Cam and Terenzo for 1 lap, but by this stage the body was rejecting all forms of food right up until the point that it all just came out! I did try to continue but I knew that I certainly wasn’t doing my body any favors.
Like I said earlier, I have a great team around me and I feel we have pretty much gotten to the bottom of the cause, over the next few weeks I will know with more clarity. As I have always maintained, you learn from you mistakes and I know this little episode is going to make me a better athlete.
Thank you for you continued support, it is certainly great to know everyone has my back over tough time like this and I’ll certainly do my best to make you all proud!