Nope have not blogged lately. I am going to make more effort regarding so. My true mission for website from the beginning is and always will be to expose our worth as a sponsored athlete(s). I am trying to be more of a social media participant but I am still old school and prefer upfront and personable. Nothing IMO beats a good old solid reputation.
Jodi races Ironman World Championships in Kona less than one month away. She qualified last month @ Ironman Vineman. I believe this will be her 6th or 7th qualified appearance. After not taking my spot with a win Ironman Panama 70.3, I did so somewhat impulsively at awards in May the night of racing Ironman St. Croix. Then did not commit and purchase airline ticket to Australia for World Championships until into the 2nd week of August. So yep pretty much winged another one. Seems to work for me that anyway.
Having unloaded my TT bike built for Panama (and after Panama) I recently built an old 650c steel framed Merlin. I resurrected from my bone yard of used parts. Tested it once riding through Camp Pendleton. Felt good. Could have used a 55t chainring over the 54 but no big deal. As typical 90% training on my mtn. bike via awesome Safariland/Kona carbon 29er with the 1X. I have no problem transferring over training from one bike to another. Heck been doing it a very long time now.
The swim in Mooloolaba Beach was spectacular. My swim training here consists of a few times a week @ LA Fitness pool with a nice long once a week jaunt around Oceanside pier to the harbor. Cool two miles. Can not see the ocean bottom once outside a few hundred yards. But seen it the entire 1.2 miles in Oz. The bike course was epic as well. Although I could feel the rear tubular getting soft at around mile 45ish or thought so. But was not 100%. Convinced myself at the time: Nah....... but confirmed it after the race (run) upon retrieving bike.......yep maybe 40lbs at most left in the sew up. Brand new tubular too. Just like the old days that's an expensive flat. And cost a little time on the course as well. No worries. Could have been worse.
I will share much about the trip with some great race and non race pics from my "walkabout" after the competition. I would like to express how wonderful the Aussie's were/are and how beautiful their country is. I expected good and experienced great. As for my race, finished smack about middle of the pack. Going into it I did not expect or anticipate that good of an outcome at the time so am very stoked with all of it.