With 2018 drawing to a close, it’s time for a bit of personal reflection. It was a year full of ups & downs for me both in an out of racing.
A broken toe & 2 bike crashes getting in the way of both of my A-Races… and moving up an age group making racing that extra bit tougher. Ironman Barcelona didn’t quite go to plan, and I didn’t have the running legs to do anything special at worlds. But that being said, I’d definitely class the season as a massive success.
I achieved everything I set out to do, I wanted to prove to myself that I could really be competitive in the higher levels of the sport, and despite still being held back by my swim, I’ve managed that.
My biggest successes this year were both in the Netherlands.
Finishing 8th overall at Ironman Maastricht speaks for itself. A fantastic result when I was least expecting it, showing that I really can keep up with some of the top age group athletes.
Though overturning a 35 minute swim at Challenge Almere, churning out the 4th fastest bike split, followed by a 1:20:14 half marathon off the bike to finish 11th overall was the highlight of the year for me. Not the result I wanted, but a performance way above expectations.
I’ve set numerous PB’s in the pool as well as PB’ing at both half and full ironman distances in the water. I’ve set a new bike PB in terms of speed and power for both full and half ironman, a new FTP, and personal bests in all running disciplines both off the bike and straight.
A personal best over an ironman and half ironman course, mean there isn’t a single discipline I’ve entered this year, where I haven’t set a PB… that’s quite some going! And a positive for the future, with more records falling behind closed doors since the season ended.
A win at Storm the Castle and Wilmslow sprint tri were good confidence boosters and I’m excited for what early 2019 will bring.
This year I’ve completed:
832 hours training.
16,771.4km cycling (144,315m elevation)
1996km running, (13,769m elevation)
This consistency has really paid off, and I’ll leave you to work out how far that is in distance…
Well more of the same hopefully! Keep the consistency, improve the strength. Turn my weaknesses into strengths, and my strengths into weapons.
You may know my race schedule, if you don’t it’s available on my website. And it ends June 9th. After that is a big question mark, depending on how the races go. It’s not a secret that my main goal for the year is Kona, but that’s not the main focus. I can’t control whether or not I qualify, I can only control how hard I race.
The illusive “perfect race”, has never come around for me, so I’ll chase that perfection this year. Maastricht was the closest I’ve come, being happy with my result crossing the line, knowing I had nothing else in the tank on the day.
There are a few unanswered questions in my head, and I’ll leave you with a few of them:
How far into the red zone can I go, before my body gives up on me?
Can I swim sub 1 hour in an Ironman?
Can I match the pros on the bike?
Can I run around the 2:55 marker off the bike?
Am I capable of a 1:15 half marathon off the bike?
Lots to continue to work on for 2019, and I’m not even close to where I want to be. But for now I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had, the people I’ve shared them with, and what I’ve been able to achieve.