So I went for my run today. Thought it would be a good one. I was keen to do some efforts, like 8 x 1mins, or just same but fartleck throughout my run. I drove 10mins to a trail, and started out. I didn’t feel great but figured it’s just warm up so don’t worry. After 6mins it felt like 16mins, and I knew I was going to struggle today. I headed out 22mins, tried to kick start my mind and body with some very short sprints and a little walking, but nothing worked. I had no strength, and walked a few more times, stopped for some dynamic stretching, tried to pick up the pace, and ended up going backwards mentally and physically.
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Hawaii is just under 14 weeks away. The Ironman Triathlon World Championships. The race that ends all other races. I am thinking about this race every single training session that I do. It feels like it is next week, my focus is so clear, yet I also feel I have plenty of time to get the fitness and strength to win it.
I have only been running 4 times since 7 weeks without running while I let my stress fracture heal. I’ve been riding for 3 weeks now, and am getting comfortable, and am so motivated to improve my bike leg in Hawaii that even on clear sunny days I am riding sessions on the windtrainer.
I am swimming better than ever, thanks to my foot injury, I have spent more time in the water and it’s paying off. My only concern is that I may have added a little weight to my top half. I am hoping as I start to run, I will find my perfect balance of weight in another 13 weeks time.
My motto for the next 13 weeks is this – I will win, if I make no mistakes until then.
I will be stronger in the swim/bike this year, and in training, I’ll just do what I did for my run last year and it should be ok on race day. My race plan will also be a little different. The nightmare that is the main pack, with people pulling in illegally, me getting a 4 minute penalty for taking too long to pass when it’s not physically possible to avoid, the uneven pace of pack riding, the stress of watching 20 different wheels to maintain the draft legal distance…nope, no way do I want to be in that again.
Macca tried it when he first went to Hawaii, to ride off the front and hit the run near the lead, and he failed every time until he unlocked the secret (as he says) about how to race kona (staying in the pack until Hawi). I’m not saying I’m going to ride off the front and get a lead before T2, but I am saying I want to stay off the front, ahead of the main pack, for the first 70km. After that, we are heading uphill to Hawi, the pace settles, then it picks up on the way home. I’m much more comfortable riding on my own, my own pace, my own place.
It’s just under 6 weeks until my next race – Philippines Ironman 70.3 – where I am defending champion. I’m really looking forward to this race, and so is Jaimie. As I write this she is out on her first long ride since Port Macquarie 70.3, which was her first half. It’s going to be a dream to travel and race in the Philippines with her. Am very excited about this trip, and this race. It’s one of the best.
Today is not my rest day, yesterday was, yet today I am resting, because I’m tired and don’t feel like training.
As much as I want to lay in bed and do nothing, I know that if I don’t accomplish something today, I will be more tired tomorrow for the depression of getting nothing done today. On my list of things to do is blog.
Another thing causing my tiredness is the antibiotics I had a triple dose of into my colon last Wednesday (under anesthetic), then to my bowel on Thursday, and continued with 10 days orally which I am in halfway through now. All this is to try and rid myself of a nasty parasite called Blastocystis Hominus.
If all goes well, in a few weeks I’ll have more energy than I have had in years, so a couple of weeks with missed sessions will be worth it later. I hope.
It has been a busy start to the year for me, leaving my Team and the Teams sponsors of last year, I had no individual sponsors for 2011. Thankfully a few great companies have belief I can win Hawaii very soon, as do I, and we will announce our partnerships very shortly.
After getting married to my beautiful bride, Jaimielle, at the end of December, and a honeymoon through to early January in Byron Bay area, I am in week 8 of my training from scratch, and feeling happy with where I got to before last weeks interruption.
My running has come along nicely, as I follow a slow build up with short efforts etc. to peak in another 14 weeks against Chris McCormack at Challenge Cairns. I was running the best I have ever run in Hawaii last year, and was in unchartered territory when I ran 2:41:05, but now I have gained the confidence in my running technique and am pushing it further this year. All my goal training splits have come down, forcing technique to improve further still, and feeling like an artist as I push the boundaries of my efficiency in my mind as I run fighting fatigue and leaving all others behind on the sidewalk (as they jog pushing prams).
I’ve been busy doing some home renovations since we bought a unit in October last year. I have said I’m not going to swim train until I have done everything that I want to get finished. Hopefully that is at least a week before my first race, in Huskisson in 2.5 weeks. Aus Long Course Champs 2011. I had this title in 2009, and badly want it for 2011. I will play a tactical race, and hope my run will be the best on the day.
Well I’m going to have a little nap now. It’s been a busy morning of emails and eating.
Take care of yourselves.
p.s. if you missed the videos I posted, search my username, petejjacobs on youtube. And if you want to improve your run, go to www.born2run.com.au amd sign up for a session with me and John.
Born 2 Run – Running technique enthusiasts Pete Jacobs and John Marsh launch website, seminars and coaching.
With an ever-increasing awareness among runners and triathletes regarding the importance of developing a more efficient running technique, Born 2 Run has been launched as a project between professional triathlete Pete Jacobs and long-time runner, triathlete and Northside Runners Crows Nest store owner John Marsh.
“With a focus on technique and a fascination for the evolution of the human body in motion, the overriding principle behind Born 2 Run is “running as our bodies were designed to.”
Pete Jacobs has focused on technique in his own training to much success – known as a “low volume” athlete, he is currently reaching new heights in the sport of triathlon, recently posting the third fastest run split (marathon) in the history of the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon World Championships, of 2:41:06 off the back of a 3.8km swim and 180km cycle leg.
For more information on Born 2 Run and to see how you too can work towards a better running technique, faster times and fewer injuries with the next available technique session, check out their new website www.born2run.com.au or get in touch via email at: email@example.com. Also follow Born 2 Run on twitter via @born2runau for the latest news and updates.
These running technique specialists will also be holding an introductory night on December 9th with the following details:
Born 2 Run Introductory Session:
Thursday Dec 9th, 5:30-7:00pm
Northside Runners Crows Nest – Shop 1A, 6-8 Clarke St, Crows Nest
A chance to meet the Born 2 Run team face to face at Northside Runners in Crows Nest. Find out what we are about, our backgrounds and what we do!
We will also cover the following:
- Detailed real-time run form analysis of professional triathlete Pete Jacobs
- Bring your shoes for a chance to get free on-the-spot form analysis
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What if I will never be as good as Chris McCormack? I am so happy that he got up and won, and showed us how good he is, beyond any doubt, an absolute legend in one of the most competitive races ever. But he rode so strong and ran bloody fast too. Will I ever be able to ride that well? I don’t think so. But I will try. I have many years left to try. I did think Chris was getting older, and maybe a bit slower, but I also told people and maybe even told Chris, that if he is there out of the swim the race is his to control and win. Which is why I love that he smashed younger guys. I have always said he knows what he needs to do to get ready, more than anyone else I know. He doesn’t ever seem under pressure to fit in his training. That I love.
What if I am only ever in Craig Alexanders’ category? The “best” runner,but maybe not as strong as other champions on the bike. What? Of course if I could EVER be as good as Craig it would be a dream come true. But maybe I could become a dual world champ if, now that I have found it, I can keep my run for every race and bring it out on call. That would be awesome. Maybe I’ll try and do that for the next 12months and see what happens. I really have improved my run, and I really want to keep it that way. I want to stay a runner, and be able to run like a runner, forever.
I feel like I have got a promotion at work (not that I know what that feels like), but suddenly I see my potential, and my ability is being appreciated (by myself), and if I work hard, focus on the big picture, there is no reason why this next 12months won’t be at another level compared to where I used to compete, and how I prepared and executed my potential. I guess now that I have seen my potential in the run in Hawaii, even though I thought I had the ability to run that well, it isn’t until now that I have seen it actually been achieved that I truly believe I can physically do it.
Now that I have touched the edge of the Hawaii marathon record, as happened with “the 4 minute mile”, I know it is achievable and I can attack it. But I don’t just mean that race, I mean every other race I have in my future. At least I hope this is how I can carry on.
At Challenge Roth this year, Chrissie Wellington looked like a runner. She was skinny, ripped, and just by looking at her you could tell the dedication she had to getting herself in the best possible shape she could. And this motivated me. It was definitely a light bulb moment where I went from wanting to be a better runner, to coming home, and thinking about what I needed to do to get there. The result was adding 30-40km per week of recovery running (as well as the longest consistent uninterrupted training period ever with a better weekly routine), and I got there flying. And ran 2:41:05. It was sad to hear Chrissie was too sick to compete on race day, but I know she took a slight interest in knowing she helped me achieve what I did, even without actually doing anything other than being herself.
I trained all year at home in Sydney, Australia. No one else does, and likely they don’t because they couldn’t. But I love it. It was cold, wet, dark and miserable for months, seemingly endless as I trained for Roth, Philippines 70.3, and Hawaii. I arrived in Philippines Ironman 70.3 just 3 days before the race, coming from horrible cold weather in Sydney, and I ran away with the win comfortably in apparently very hot conditions. My ability, I’d always strongly suspected, is that when I’m fit, the hot humid conditions don’t bother me. I arrived in Hawaii just 8 days before the race. I’d had 2 hot days of training in Sydney (hot enough to run with my shirt off, or get a sweat going). I train best at home, where I live with my fiancé Jaimie, where I am happy. I also just like being at home, having my things, living a normal life with loved ones and friends, and having the best routine for me. I enjoy cooking at home, and am a little particular about what I eat.
I am very particular about my run sessions and am happy doing the majority of them on my own. I don’t mind riding on my own, but was lucky I had a couple of good friends who could do a different day on the bike with me most weeks. I swim with at the pool at the same time as Jaim or my mates, but usually in different lanes. I don’t go to squads, I swim hard when I feel good, and easy when I don’t. I have some favourite sessions for when I feel good in the water.
Up to here, the above, I wrote on the plane, un edited ramblings, so don’t take it too seriously. Below is still written very quickly and roughly, but more recently.
The day after I got home from Hawaii I flew up to Cairns for the launch of Challenge Cairns. This is a brand new triathlon from the Challenge family who have been running the triathlon in Roth, the biggest and best European triathlon, the home of world records, and it’s history includes the legends of our sport. Together with USM events who have been organising Australias biggest and best triathlon – Noosa – they are going to put on a show not to be missed. I will elaborate further as to the impact of this event for age groupers (amazing course, atmosphere, and value) and professionals alike (100,000 euro prizemoney). It will be a huge event, and one I will be giving everything to win.
Jaimie and I just moved house. But not far. Just a few km’s, so my rides and runs will only be slightly different. Some will be longer, some shorter. But since Kona, the weeks holiday after the race was great, but busy, and I got sick after the big night out and have been feeling tight in the chest since, up until a day ago, and now I just feel tired from moving, late nights, shopping for furniture, celebrating, and organising wedding things in our spare time. We are both racing up at Noosa in a few days and neither of us feel great, but it will be an awesome time and I look forward to seeing the event for the first time! Come and say hi, I’d be happy to pass on any tips I can.
All the best