After the beating I took while riding on Sunday (see photos here), I wasn't feeling too confident about the form coming into Eagleman on June 14th. Fortunately, it must have been due to dehydration or something like that (it was hot standing at Clarendon Cup all day on Saturday), as the rest of the workouts this week have been spot on. The primary workouts were the Tuesday D-Ville hammer/brick where the bike and run were race pace sessions, and then due to the weather a 90min descending pace treadmill session last night. After those workouts I feel much better about the race and am getting anxious to rock 'n' roll. When you get this close to 'A' races so much stuff starts going through the head, you just need to relax and trust in your training and preparation.
This year at Eagleman, there are two qualifying spots in my age group for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, and as usual the competition will be hot. Every year that I have raced this event the slots have been accepted by the first two finishers in the age group. If they are not accepted the slots roll down until they are accepted. To get top two I think I will need the race of my life, but it isn't outside the realm of possibility, I was 6th last year.
Training wise, the tapering starts tomorrow and on Sunday it looks as though we may pre-ride some of the course again.....you never be prepared enough!
- Still reflecting on @gravel_worlds from this past weekend. 150miles of primo gravel in Lincoln NE with 10,000ft of climbing. It was hard but I went for it and utimately paid the price in the last hour when I cracked, really cracked. Crawled to the finish just over 9hrs after starting.....but yes it was fun! . . . . . #gravelworlds #gravelride #IFB #parvillacycles #cycling #vandessel #lincoln
- Post run functional strength work...this season I'm taking a more holistic view of my #swimbikerun & ensuring that strength work doesn't get skipped. . . . #triathlon #ironman #salmingrunning #IFB #triathlete #2020goals #running
- Perfect day out on the trails yesterday on the @alchemybicycles at #schaefferfarms . . . . . . #IFB #parvillacycles #MTB #xterratriathlon #mtbracing #marathonmtb
- Kind of a rough day at 6hrs at Woodstock. First 3.5 hrs were fine (even with a 10min stop for horses on the trail) and then stomach shut down. Probably related to stomach bug earlier in the week. Decided not to head out for another lap. Great trails though and a good race from Joe's Bike Shop as always. 📸: @dchammerette . . . . #6HAW #parvillacycles #mtbracing #mtbmarathon #IFB #patapsco #mtb