With only 8½ -9 weeks to prepare for World Champs 2016 coming off an Ironman win in July, there needed to be a very tight plan well executed to get maximum outcome on race day.
I feel that I did everything that I could have with the amount of time I had. Throughout my training my numbers were even better than they were before Ironman Vineman but I knew I still had to be smart on race day and use all my knowledge I have learned from previous years, as I know Kona has full of surprises for you.
I had a plan going into this race like all my races but somehow when that canon goes off, race plans tend to get erased from memory – not this year, not again! This year I stuck to the game plan religiously and it definitely payed off. My mental training paid off too and I was very happy with how my race was going.
This year was my best Kona race as a pro up until I suffered from heat stroke coming out of the Natural Energy Lab. It hit me out of nowhere as I was not expecting it to happen after feeling so good all day, but that’s Kona for you. As I was suffering in the energy lab, Daniella Ryf had to run past with the entire camera crew and there I was with my speed suit half way down… (just my luck).
My swim was in the second pack (not the best I could have done but ok) I lost the main group around 200m before the turn around so had to settle for plan B. My bike was solid, I felt incredible all day long and the best I’ve ridden all year and I think I was lying somewhere between 20-22nd after exiting the water around 40th. After coming out of T2 I felt great, I stuck to the plan and averaged over 4min/km for the first 2km’s. After that I maintained a great pace around the 2:54-2:56hr marathon pace until things turned upside down at km 30. I’ve never felt like this in a race so it was quite a shock to me.
I was upset that I could not finish the last hour of my race but in the end I took so many great positives out of it. I will definitely be back again to get things right.
Thanks to my coach Tim at Velocity Sport Lab. The hard yards are paying off