Sunday, August 23, 2009

Hey, how is everyone?

Well here comes my latest race review from Lake Stevens! I know, I know you have been waiting with anticipation!

The week-end started off great. My good mate Leon Griffin (Griffmeister) dropped me off at the bus station where I met up with my travel and race buddy Joe Gambles. Joe was so excited to see was weird! I got on the bus and he's like "Hadley, Hadley sit here, sit here next to me!" I was going to anyway as he was the only person on the bus that I knew and we had already arranged to meet up...but I was now a bit dubious about this. I'm just joking of course, actually I think he was trying to hide from me.

Anyway we both got on different flights to Seattle.

As I landed and retrieved my bags I got a call from Joe saying he was waiting outside for me with the car. I walked out there and I saw this massive f-150 Ford truck. I looked across the road and just saw a little hand waving at me from inside the cabin. No head, just a hand. All of a sudden the door opens and something jumped out. I saw this little hat just above the bonnet bobbing along to the front. All of a sudden Joe appeared from behind the huge grill! I was laughing out loud! Joe was grinning from ear to ear all proud of this beast he just rented. This truck was huge in comparison.
So I threw my stuff in the trailer and climbed up to the passenger seat. It wasn't until I shut the door that realised I couldn't see over the dash either lol! We thought we were so cool! Driving along with extreme fake confidence as Joe kept saying "move out of the way, we got an f-150!" Lol!
Anyway we got the hotel and unpacked our things after about an hour of driving and prepared ourselves for the week-end that lay ahead.

Right, now for the race report! I actually didn't have a wetsuit for the race as mine ripped in a race in Utah. So I went to see the Blue Seventy guys which lent me a wetsuit for the week-end. The suit fitted great even though I had to get a medium tall.
The gun went and I smashed out the first 200metres as I had to get across from the far right to the left to get onto the draft zone of the leader. After about 400metres I was settled in 3rd place with someone tapping on my feet in my draft zone. I didn't care, I carried on pulling my way through the water and eventually dropped the tail with 400metres to go. I ran out of the water with more air in my lungs than I thought I would have (altitude training) and jumped onto my bike.
I started off well as I have been feeling a lot stronger recently than I had in past races. Thats what I thought until Joe Gambles came rolling on by with ease. Then 3 minutes later Ben Hoffman followed. I still felt good and kept this position for the remainder of the 40km first lap. The course was tough and hilly. The second lap was infiltrated with thousands of Age Group athletes. It was great to see them though, hammering through the course. I find Age Group athletes extremely inspirational. Most of them get up early to train, go to work, come home and train once again...awesome! I get up go training, then have a nap...maybe I'm not so tough in comparison to some of these guys.
I eventually got caught by the chase pack of pro's on the start of the second lap and this was the position I stayed in for the remainder of the bike leg. I entered transition 2 in eighth position.

I couldn't believe how good I felt as I ran out of transition 2 like a cheetah!! (The animal kind...not the performance enhancing kind). I ran from eighth to 7th in a couple of minutes. Then into 6th, 5th, 4th...I was excited now! I stormed my way through the field and found myself in 3rd place gaining on second! This felt easy, it must have been the altitude training! I wasn't going to complete the run due to my injury, but now I'm in third and I was counting the cash baby! One of the athletes said "Hey take it easy on me" as I went past. My thoughts were "hey, I am flying this". My sure felt confidence faded extremely fast when I noticed that the athlete in second place seemed to have got a heck of lot faster...or was I getting slower? The answer to that question was to be revealed very shortly as my legs continued to move, but on autopilot...and much slower than what I wanted to them to. All of a sudden my legs were really heavy and I started thinking about food...UH OH! I felt a sickening chill run down my neck as I realised I was blowing! 8 miles in to the run I was dying, and dying fast! I went from being like a cocky adolescent "watch this, I'm awesome today!" To acting like a pleading old man on his zimmerframe "Please, please let me have 3rd guys, don't catch me, I promise I'll mention you in my speach". Well they didn't listen to me those bastards. I found myself in 4th, then 5th and each time my fury was building up to a degree of desperation. I was also counting down the cash..."No! Thats 500 bucks out my pocket!!! Come back! I was sure that I could on to 5th...until Jamie White ran past me. I was furious! People talk about good sportsmanship...Jamies a great guy...but when it comes to the race, there is no sportsmanship. I was desperate to hang on and over take him once again. He was 15 seconds up the road. We were both done! Fighting like two old women over a car parking space. I just couldn't get there. Jamie ran down the shoot, and I followed 15 seconds later...I was absolutely exhausted. My leg was in pieces, but at least I was home and hung on to some decent cash. 6th was ok. I was sad to have let my opportunity of a podium get away from me, but I had no miles in the legs and the race decided to show me who the boss was...and it wasn't me. I was proud of myself though for fighting through such a battle especially considering the circumstances.

Well, I went to the awards ceremony, grabbed my cheque and enjoyed the atmosphere. The race was great and it was a pleasure to support it. I will for sure be there next year to get my podium place!

Well that evening, the bad boys that love to party went wild. I limped across to the hotel restaurant with Bo Jangles (Joe Gambles) and sipped some cheap house wine whilst eating dinner. Hence we were drunk as skunks in ten minutes. (Joe was drunk in 1 minute, on one sip, but I'm way more masculine and took a bit longer lol).
We then went to the hotel room to discuss what lay ahead for our night of drunken mayhem on the town...during which, Joe fell asleep. I was tired also, so after getting my pj's on I jumped into bed too...just to clarify...I jumped into my bed, not his, there was two beds in one room lol! It was 9:00 o'clock you know...well past our bed time!
So to conclude this mammoth assignment I know you're all eager to find out how my injured calf is now. Well I have since had to have 4 weeks off running totally. I need to be healthy for the 70.3 World Champs in Nov. I won't be 100% fit, but my goal is to be injury free with a couple of months of good training behind me.

Well amigos, I'm signing off. Please feel free to write some beautiful comments about how awesome I am lol!

Hadmeister General oxo (the kisses are for the ladies lads, not you!)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Hey! How's it going guys!? Sorry I haven't written on this blog for so long, and I know how much you lot love reading this blog.
Well the truth is I have been so busy with other things like...dancing, singing, knitting, cooking and stuff like that. Not really I'm just kiddin'. That was a trick for all you guys that are thinking "he likes that too?" Well it was a joke so you should be ashamed of yourself! I was probably lifting weights or boxing or something!

Anyway I have four races to report for you guys so get ready! I raced Kansas 70.3 and came...I can't remember ok so move on... Dino tri and came 3rd, Tri n July and came 1st and then Calgary 70.3 and came 5th. Right enough about the races lets talk about the juicy Boulder gossip!!! Well the college girls are back in town next week and the lads are pretty excited about that...I'm not, that means nothing to me.

Anyway I'm just teasing again lets talk about my latest race...Calgary 70.3. First of all the race was supremely organised. I e-mailed Dave Cracknell about 4 days before the race pleading to get me in. He did everything he could to get me on that start line and even found me an awesome home stay for the week-end. So that was a great start already.
I had to wake up at 3:55am in order to get the bus to the airport, and anyone that knows me will be know that that was not good at all. I tried to accept a lift to the airport from my misses (Heidi Spees), but she very hastily reclined her offer. Which denied me that extra 30 mins sleep in I could have had. So I managed to drive my car down to the car park and leave it there as I hastily made my way four blocks across town to the bus station. I arrived as the bus was leaving the depot...fortunatley the driver stopped and let me on...phew!
Anyway the rest of that trip is history.

I was pleased to discover I had three seats to my self on the way to Phoenix until I sat down and became rudely disturbed as I was just dropping off to sleep by a loud high pitched whail. I then noticed a screaming baby two seats back. Now don't get me wrong, babies are cute etc, but not when I wanna sleep. Hence for the rest of the flight my eyes were wide and tense as I listened to the beautiful sound of shrieking!
To my pleasant surprise, the next flight I was on to Calgary I was situated next to a nice young professional female golfer. At last someone I could brag and impress with my triathlon credentials lol. Which actually didn't take more than 1 minute lol! Well, 1 minute of the truth and the rest was total BS ha ha. Not really, it was all true damn it!

Anyway, I got to Calgary and was all ready to get going to my homestay. However it became apparent that my bag wasn't to make it there to be with me just yet. So I left and had to wait until 1am to get the call from the airport that it was safe and to be delivered to me later.
Lets fast forward to the race.

Well it turns out that I'm not as organized as I thought I was. As I got to transition 1 which was 40 minute drive away, I realised that I had left my timing chip, my Advil and my No Doz caffeine tablets in my other bag. But at least I remembered my goggles lol! Anyway fortuanatley I went scrounging around for the gear. Steve Hackett saved the day when he gave me some No Doz, and then another girl gave me some Advil. The only thing to sort out was the timing chip. That was ok too as I attained a spare from the race it's hammer time!!!

All the Pros started together...male and female. So just for the start of the race I treated the chicks like they were I said hammer time ha ha! I started out well with Stevie Hackett and Tim O'Donnell. Just as I was smiling to myself and totally praising my performance so far Stevie decied to take off as did Tim. They got a 4 metre gap on me so I quickly realised the danger and ignited the turbos!...I actually got no closer to them whatsoever and they eventually dropped me! But it was worth a go.
I exited the water in third after swimming against a tide of age group swimmers warming up. It turns out that the buoys had drifted into their path, hence why we swam into the middle of them. I told Tim afterwards that I reckon that mistake cost me 10 minutes, so really I probably should have won the race...I was lying of course.

Anyway I was biking like a beast...that was until Ben Hoffman flew past me with Jamie Whyte and James Cotter on a cadence of about 60! I managed to stay with them for about 45km until I was dropped on a downhill. I blame it on running out of gears and not having a disk wheel. But in truth, they were probably just real strong riders. I have to blame it something though hey? I have a rep to protect lol!
Well it turns out I rode solo for the rest of the ride until the next group caught me with 2km to go which involved Kirk Nelson a local triathlete to the Boulder area.

So the run was on baby! I ran out of transition like a gazelle! That was until I got out of everyones sight and then I chilled out to get my breath back. the run was tough and hot! I was trucking along with determination though and managed to pass two athletes, one of them was a guy that dropped me on the bike which was a good confidence boost for me as I knew him to be a good athlete and that the riders that dropped me may have worked harder on the bike which meant the run might be a bit tougher to endure in this heat for them. As it turns out I ran strong enough to take three places back to eventuate the race in 5th!!!
I was happy with the race overall as I really think the field was strong and the course was tough. I also grabbed a spot for the World Championships in Florida!
Well I basically had to go straight from the race to the casino to get the taxi back to the airport...I was starving! I didn't eat until I got back to Denver, but I was glad to be home!
Next race is Lake Stevens, and I promise the race report won't be as long as this one! Wake up!
Anyway girls and lads, I will write again when something juicy arises from the depths of Boulder!
Until next time amigos!