So Saturday was the first of three big races in July. Around 1600 Friday I pack my car and head to Karlskrona with my Swimrun partner Fredrik and Peter. Its a short ride to Karlskrona. We arrive just before 1800, check into our room, and then make our way over to registration. We get our racing bibs with lucky nr 11 and then reset our timing chip before heading over to Nivå for a tasty burger.
So last weekend the 11th of June was the start of Swimrun season 2016 for Team TYR Warriors. Unfortunately, my teammate Fredrik was having some issues with his calf muscle as late as Monday the 6th, so we decided it was better he continue with rehab and save himself for our other two races coming up in July. Luckily through Facebook and my swimming friends I was able to find a replacement for Stockholm Swimrun. Marius contacted me and a day later it was decided. I was very clear that I was going to be slow, so it was going to be more of a workout for him than a race, and he was ok with that.
So I woke up this morning (Wednesday the 30th) coughing, making it now day 20…
I thought that I would have been able to swim last night, that is how good I felt at lunch time. I get to the pool, change and write the workout up on the board, but once I have to start talking to my swimmers, my throat starts to close up again. So after getting them started and watching the first half of the main series, I go home again.
What a week. A last minute site visit in Estonia, falling flat on my back outside the hotel on Tuesday and then 4 days of Double unders.
Where to start… Last Friday it was decided that I would travel to Estonia on Monday with an open return ticket. I booked it for Thursday in hopes to be finished my work and home in time to test 16.2 on Friday.
Saturday September 26, 2015 I finished an 8km obstacle course. If you haven’t done one of these types of races it is really hard to explain how much fun they are to run.
Marcus, Fredik and I get to the starting area just over two hours before the start of the race. The only place to get food was cash only, so we took a long walk to find an ATM. After we find one, we take out cash and eat a light lunch. With about 30 minutes before start we drop off our bags and start to warm up.
Enjoy my Ironman Kalmar video.
I personally thought that last years video from Finisher Pix was better, not sure if it was the location of the videos, or maybe there was music in last years video. I was happy to see that I was running at all the locations of the cameras 😉
I even sent a little comment to Kalmar to inform the volunteers about the locations of the cameras since one guy seems to be standing in front of the camera at T2.
I originally only planned to write this in Swedish, but since I think some of my English speaking triathlon friends might get something out of this, I will re-post here in English.
This year I crossed the finished line of my second Ironman roughly 64 minutes slower than last years race, which was my debut. Most of my friends were able to go 15-45 minutes faster. What happened to me, and was I happy with my time?
This will be one of the last post about Ironman for a while.
It only seems right to start with Friday morning. I woke up at 6:45, threw on a shirt, grabbed my swim bag and walked over to the swim start for a test swim of the course. It was kind of windy, but nothing that effected me. However, I decide that on Saturday my only goal was to swim loose and relaxed under 60 minutes. The way I was feeling and the water conditions I knew it would take a huge effort for me to swim down around 55min like last year.
After Stickholm Swimrun three weeks ago I was uncertain how this race would go. Fredrik went out of town of vacation but managed to run a few days and I got in a few Swimrun workouts here in Växjö. But the days leading up to the race I started feeling better.
Friday I leave work, pack up, say good bye to the girls and head to Karlskrona with Fredrik. We arrive in plenty of time to buy gels since neither of us remembered to bring ours.
New week, new WoD. This time it is a two part no time cap beast WoD for the SOLID OPEN On-line Qualifier
Clean and Jerk (GTOH) 1 rep max within 3 minutes
REST 3 MINUTES
STARTING ON 7TH MINUTE (WHEN CLOCK STRIKES 06:00, LET THE TIMER RUN)
60 Double Unders
50 Wall Balls (9kg)
40 Kettlebell Swings (24kg)
20 Squat Cleans (60kg)
10 HandStand Pushups
SCORE WILL BE TIME MINUS 6 MINUTES!