The day after ...
What do you do the day after a race.
I sit down and ponder the good and not so good aspects of my performance.
Well while everything is hurting , I am not going anywhere fast.
The good points.
- My race preparation was good.
- I was rested
- I managed to get my puncture sorted out and I had it before the race
- I travelled well despite the tyranny of the distance
- I had friends at the race
- I got a pros guided tour of the bike course
- I swam well and the water was very comfortable for me
- The atmosphere was good
- The course was spectacular
- The hotel accommodation was good and close to the race start
- I had great company on the trip
- No injuries
- I had lost 5 kgs
- I was mentally ready for the race.
- Met the lardman (blog.lardman.co.nz)
- substituted and took on the electrolyte and nutrition on the course when my gatorade was finished .
- persisted with the run despite the extreme pain
The Not so Good Points
- I had not done enough hill work and whilst my biking had improved it was ill directed(I was much stronger on the flats as shown by my Spore 70.3 bike split)
- But when it came to hills I did not have the strength.
- I miscalculated my calorie intake for the ride and did not bring sufficient gatorade on the trip
- I had to use the power electrolyte drink and coke on the course
- I dropped my power bars and had to get some from the aid station much further than I wanted.
- I was not consistent on the ride
- I got the wrong bag at T1
- I was slow in Transition
- I should have put in more salt into my gatorade mix
- Rode more hills before the race
- Done hill repeats for the whole training period
- lost more weight
- Built up my strength on the bike for the run
- learn to run through the pain
- Not so good core strength.