Great to find some form for the longer distances and come away with a win at Ironman 70.3 Japan. I duked it out with my training partners Murph and Freddy and they kept the pressure on the whole way through.
It came down to a sprint finish between Freddy and me, much like what happened at this race in 2012 between myself and Tim Berkel. I don’t race with a watch, so it was a nice surprise to find out I’d finished a minute faster than my time in 2012.
It’s been a while since I last stood on the top step of an Ironman 70.3 race, and this feels good. I hope to feel this good when I start at Ironman 70.3 in Haugesund, Norway the first week of July.
My younger brother’s gone and decided to get married at a date very close prior to Norseman, so I won’t be able to race it.
I’ve got most of my year already laid out and no Kona for me, either. I involve my family in deciding what races I am doing, and for this year my wife Emma says no chance. I promised her a family year, and I say, “Happy wife, happy life.” I will enjoy the next wave of boys mixing it up and will share the journey of assisting others achieve this year.
Next month I do 70.3 Norway, the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon, and I will also be present in a team relay at the world’s biggest triathlon, Challenge Roth. Then it’s back to Thailand and hopefully by then the monsoon rains will have spent themselves and we’ll get some nice weather for our Thanyapura Super Camp in August.