21 avril 2008

Ironman Arizona: April 13, 2008

Race day. The start line was very wide which meant that there was not much jostling for position going on in the 10 minutes before start. I managed to get on the front line and waited for the starting cannon. This time Mike Reilly’s 2 minute warning was actually given 2 minutes before the start, unlike Kona where the 2 minute warning was about 15 seconds before the cannon. I’m ready, the cannon goes off, I start my watch (for once) and here we go. I push hard at the start, I know I’m going to go through my uncomfortable phase... [Lire la suite]
Posté par NeilHammond à 13:47 - - Commentaires [5] - Permalien [#]

13 octobre 2007

IRONMAN HAWAII: OCTOBER 13, 2007

Pre Race For the first time ever I did not wake up before the alarm. In fact this time I didn’t even set the alarm since I assumed the others would wake me up at the correct hour. Well the others woke up on time and left me to catch up on my beauty sleep. Serves me right for trusting the French. So I leapt out of bed 30 minutes late at 4.30am and tried to get some stretching done while stuffing the required amount energy cake inside me. Despite multitasking the stretching and nutrition I was forced to skip my next and... [Lire la suite]
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26 août 2007

IRONMAN LOUISVILLE: AUGUST 26, 2007:

So a quick recap of the story so far. Having taken a year off work with the express goal of qualifying for Kona I find myself with two strikes against so far and a very difficult race looming. I’ve now completed five Ironman races in my short triathlon career and I’ve managed to show across the board improvement in each race except South Africa. I’ve learned so much along the way, but perhaps the most significant thing I learned is that I was stretching my goals too far to make it to Hawaii this time round. So really I’m ... [Lire la suite]
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24 juin 2007

Race Report Ironman France Nice 2007

I arrived earlier at the race site than last year which gave me more time to get set up. Still I do manage to waste most of it by fussing over the bike and taping about 2Kg of accessories to it to make up for all the weight that Cervelo have shaved off. My pre race build up has been better with the lessons learned from IMSA and not stuffing my face late the evening before the race. I’d managed to get most of half of my Overstims cake inside me from about 4am onwards. In fact the biggest challenge was getting the thing baked.... [Lire la suite]
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18 mars 2007

RACE REPORT - IRONMAN SOUTH AFRICA – MARCH 18, 2007

It is fair to say that 12h40 did not meet my time objective for the race. I’ll own up now and say that I was shooting for 10h40. However there is always something to be learned from each race and that knowledge kept me going to the finish line. Also, 6000 miles is a long way to travel home without a finisher’s medal. If I had to have a bad race this year then I’m glad it was this one, and I hope that the lessons learned will prevent similar disasters from happening at Nice and Louisville. So let’s talk about the race, what when wrong,... [Lire la suite]
Posté par NeilHammond à 21:55 - - Commentaires [8] - Permalien [#]
18 juin 2006

RACE REPORT- IRONMAN FRANCE-NICE 2006

The race organisation. Firstly for all of you considering Nice as part of your triathlon plans next year I though you might like some feedback on the race organisation as I think there was certainly some gaps in last year's program which needed to be addressed and for the most part it was. Positive improvements There were more feed stations on the cycle course and also there were feed stations located in the transition areas which I don't recall from last year. Also there was much more ice available (perhaps because I was... [Lire la suite]
Posté par NeilHammond à 17:39 - - Commentaires [8] - Permalien [#]