Mid Season Review
 

Mid Season Review

02/07/2013 in General, Race Reviews
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Thinking
Here we are half way through the year and there are a lot of words to describe the season thus far.

March started off with a concussion in a training crash due to a mechanical failure and the races in the next month were surprising. I went into ITU Sprint confident in my power and speed but had nothing on race day. The next weekend was 70.3 San Juan a race that I had little expectations for since I has spent my winter developing power and speed and won the race over a star studded field. It was a good thing I did because they were just enough to cover the medical bills!

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April was spent with my nose the the grindstone pumping out intense workouts and elongating my speed to fit the half distance, by the end of the month I was ugly fast.

May was race month as it is every year. Like every other year it was tremendously disappointing. 70.3 St George I was flatter than a New York pizza on race day. The next weekend I had a phenomenal race at 70.3 Mallorca but the field was deeper than a Norwegian fjord and I got spanked by 8 minutes in the 1/2 marathon running 5:53/mi pace. This was followed up by another 1/2 iron distance race in Bilbao triathlon, a race which I swam and biked away with while overcoming electrical problems on the bike only to succumb to a food illness I had contracted the previous night. I ended up at the doctor office again with a Salmonella type bacteria infection.

June is the rebound month some years and others it is just, well, frustrating. The month started off with a poorly officiated race at Rev3 Quassy in which 12 guys rode a well orchestrated team time trial and limited my lead and were all fresh off the bike and I was still suffering from my bacteria infection. The bright spot was Rev3 Williamsburg in which I was able to race again and not be limited by illness and found myself in the top 5.

Now it is time to do what I do every year, race twice in July and then kind of disappear until September, October, and November when I will be a caged animal…not nice little puppies like Zeus and Thor but like a bull that is getting steered*.

Training HARD,

Andrew

* – a bull is “steered” by eliminating its testicles. This is commonly done by zip tying or putting a rubber band above their nuts.

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