After more than a week trying to train with a broken rib I’ve decided to end my 2017 season. I crashed on my bike a week and a half ago and injured a rib for the second time of the season. The past week has been really difficult both physically and mentally. After a couple of disappointing results this season I was really looking forward to finishing my season on a good note with a good result at 70.3 Austin and 70.3 Los Cabos. That’s why I decided to keep training and push through the pain. However, after yet another painful run I’ve come to the realization that I was better to end my season now, recover and get ready for 2018.
I’m really looking forward to the next season and I will be making a few changes to the way I train and the way I plan my racing season. I’ll share more details with you in subsequent posts.
It’s easy to dwell on your setbacks but I believe that it’s important to stay positive and find both negative and positive from each race. Even with the many disappointments that I faced this season there are still some positive to draw from. First of all, I achieve my two objectives of the season which were to qualify for the 70.3 World Championship and to get a top 3 in an Ironman 70.3 race.
70.3 Chattanooga is a race I will remember for the rest of my life. I had one of my best swim ever and was able to lead by more than 1 minute and I had a 3 minutes advantage to my strongest competitor. I then had my best bike ever and had the fastest bike split by 4 minutes. This was one of those magic days when you feel like everything is going perfectly. My powermeter wasn’t working and I think that may have been a good thing because I just listened to my body and pushed as hard as I could. I would be lying to say that it was effortless but it was the closest that I ever felt to being in flow state. Flow state is described as “being fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement and enjoyment in the process of the activity”. I unfortunately had some stomach issues at the end of the run and lost a 7 minutes lead but to lead this race from the start to almost 3 miles to go was just amazing. It’s easy to be disappointed and dwell on what I could have done differently to win this race but sometimes you just gotta move forward and learn from it. What I learned from this race is that I can actually win a race, which is something I have always dreamed off but doubted I could actually do.
My first Ironman was also a race that I will remember for a long time, even though I don’t remember what happened at the end (I fainted and collapsed at 26 km on the run)! I learned a lot from it and I have even more respect for everyone who races Ironman distance triathlons. Ironmans are challenging both physically and mentally and if you make nutrition or pacing errors, like I did, you will pay the price later on.
Finally racing 70.3 World Championship is one of the highlight of my season, not because of the result or my performance which were both subpar, but because I had the opportunity to race against the Bests of the Bests; legends of the sport! It’s not every day that you get to toe the line with the Javier Gomez and Sebastian Kienle of the World! This experience has thought me that you can’t race the best of the world unprepared and tired and that if you want to achieve your best result you need to fully commit to it.
This year I found myself competing in sprint, super sprint, 70.3 and Ironman races and my preparation for these races was far from ideal. I didn’t fully commit to Ironman training because I was also getting ready for 70.3 World Championship and I wasn’t fully committed to 70.3 World Championship because my preparation was affected by Ironman Tremblant. I should have chosen between the two races and fully commit to it. If there’s a word to describe my next season it’s COMMITMENT. I will make sure that every race on my calendar has a purpose, whether it’s a B race or an A race and I will make sure that my preparation is optimal for the race. I’m stocked about 2018 and I’m really looking forward to pushing my limits in training and races and I’m really excited to share the process with you on this blog!