BOULDER 70.3

Winning Ironman 70.3 Boulder three times in a row was thrilling. My strategy for this race was more mature and it paid off. I held back when I needed and put the pressure on at the right time. This is what I will need to implement at Vegas if I am to podium, and Boulder was a perfect opportunity for me to work on my timing while racing against such a high calibre field.

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Because winning three consecutive Boulder 70.3 races was such an exciting moment in my career I wanted to take a different approach to the race report, one that was comprehensive and informative (and potentially a little more fun). So I came up with this…

ONE WEEK LEADING INTO RACE
Hours of Sleep 56
Number of Massages 2
Number of Ice Baths 3
Hours in Recovery Pump Boots 4
Hours Training- Bike 10
Hours Training- Swim 4
Hours Training- Run 5
Number of Beers Consumed 8
Number of Coffees Consumed 15

 

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RACE DAY
Pre Race Song Lost that Easy, Cold War Kids
Transition Talk “Should I be a calf model?” (Ben Hoffman)
Support Crew Sage Calamari, Richie Cunningham
Notable Absence Jarrod Vos (Vos Training Systems), Adam Heath (expert split taker/provider)

 

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EQUIPMENT
Swim
Goggles TYR Tracer http://www.tyr.com/
Wetsuit TYR Freak of nature http://www.tyr.com/
Swimskin N/A
Bike
Bike Team Trek K-Swiss Campagnola Speed Concept http://www.trekbikes.com
Saddle ISM Podium http://www.ismseat.com/
Powermeter Powertap http://www.powertap.com/
Helmet Kask Bambino TT http://www.kaskhelmets.com/
Shoes Bontrager Hilo RXL http://bontrager.com/
Sunglasses Oakley Radar Lock XL http://www.oakley.com/
Wheels Bontrager prototype disk Aeolus 7 D3 (Tubular) http://bontrager.com/
Run
Shoes K-Swiss K-Ruuz 1.5 http://www.kswiss.com/
Sunglasses Oakley Radar Lock http://www.oakley.com/
Racebelt FuelBelt http://www.fuelbelt.com/
NUTRITION
PowerGel Consumed 7 http://www.powerbar.com/
Powerbar Perform Consumed 48oz http://www.powerbar.com/

 

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POST RACE RECOVERY
Minutes spent in drug testing 110
Post race cool down 2 mile ride home
Minutes in ice bath 10
Minutes in Recovery Pump boots 30
Beers Consumed 6

 

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RACE DAY AWARDS
Most aggressive Callum Millward
Superfish James Seear
Best Race Kit Ben Hoffman racing in Pat Evoe’s kit
Star in the making (American Idol) Kelsey Deery
REFLECTIONS
Funniest and/or strangest thought during swim I just touched Greg Bennet’s webbed feet
Funniest and/or strangest thought during bike Who is Jimmy texting?
Funniest and/or strangest thought during run Why is Sage wearing leather boots on a mountain bike?
Thought while crossing the finish line Bring on Vegas!

 

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