Hugo's Deep Thoughts on Things
Madison Race Report
Boy I would really like to do another Ironman. IM FL was not that fulfilling. Where can I take Judy and have fun?….. IM WI. that’s it. Cheese Heads, super fans, great activities, run through Badger stadium, lake swim and did I mention the volunteers?
Get a Plan
Rather than make up stuff along the way, I really should get a coach. I wanted a quality coach. Someone responsive. A winner and it would be good if they worked near Moe’s. Yes IM coaching based on burrito proximity. Win!
Start TrainingHit all my zones. 60% Carbs, 20 % Protein. Wake up O’Dark Thirty, ride every Sunday in San An. Cajole friends into riding with you. Hydrate. Swim with strangers. Repeat.
Pre-Race MadisonGreat flight, get in early and start the race day process with Best Wife in the World Judy. Packet Pickup, eat ice cream. Practice Swim. Eat Peruvian Food. Get Bike. Eat Ian’s Pizza. Meet up with recently married David Tucker. Or as his friends call him; Tucker.
Race MorningFor me this is where doubts rear their ugly head so to clear my thoughts, I head down at 4:00 AM and look for Judy and friends for inspiration.
Christine, Jen, Anne and Janette are super-women. They are caring fans and so inspiring. Janette has a bionic heart, Jen has been there for us for years, Anne is a machine and Christina is pumped. I try to find Judy as she is dressed as a Shark and at morning bags volunteer but somehow miss her. Swim – OK I have been in the pool a lot this past year. Every set has been strong and every workout had meaning. But it just dawns on me, the last time I swam 2.4 miles was in this lake in 2012! IM FL swim was canceled and .. and…. have I trained enough? Aw snap! I Trained Enough – Whew. – It turns out that coach and plan payed off. I swam my best swim since 2012. While 2:08/100 is not Katie Ledecky, it gets me to the swim exit 1hr 30minutes! Victory.