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!
So it seems like my time in the Cry Me a River competition has almost come to an end. I was the first one in my class to register 15.3 and currently I am placed 4th. So as soon as the others start to register their results I will slowyly be pushed out of the top 6.
Oh well, I knew I never really had a chance to go to the finals, but I will be doing 15.3 over again, because I want to push myself even harder. And I think my results will directly effect who gets 4-5-6 and who is pushed out of the top 6.
Last night I arrive to my hotel after 01:00 and manage to go to bed rather quickly. This hotel does not have the sound proof windows of the Hyatt, but it is only 100m from the beach and 3km from the Crossfit Sand Warriors which I am hoping to be able to book a workout or two at.
I checked out the “gym” at the hotel and I will be able to get somethings down, like OH squat technique and rowing, but I will most likely try running along the beach instead of running on the treadmill. it’s an open gym to the pool area, so it is warm and chlorinated air.
yesterday Marcus, Fredrik and I once again met up at the box for an attempt at Q15.3
We talk strategy and weights and even came up with a time table to help keep track of our progress. Marcus and Fredrik went before me which was to my benefit. I could see how hard they pushed themselves and where it was most effective to rest.
Damn that was hard.
Incase you missed it, CMAR or Cry Me a River WoD Q15.1 was posted last week. It is a simple WoD. 5 minute As many reps as possible hanging power cleans with your choice of weight. Your score is then the weight x the number of reps.
Earlier this week I was cocky and thought I would shoot for 4000. Last night I made my first attempt, and have now changed my goal to 3000. Last night I attempted 40kg and struggled to get 50 reps (2000). I lost strength in my hands, but felt nothing in my arms, back or legs. So tomorrow I will make another attempt with 30kg. If that goes well I think I can reach 100 reps by sunday evening.
My boxmates are doing well, currently between 1700 & 6700.
Lots has happened since I last had time and energy to blog. So instead of one really long blog with lots of topics I will give a short description of each and if you want you can read more or skip it and go on to the next.