BOZZONE is back!
It has been a rough year but training the last 5 weeks in San Diego has gone really well. I raced the Ironman 70.3 Cozumel on the weekend to open up the motor, to see where things are at and get some super hot and humid race conditions in.
With all the training and not a full taper I knew I was going to be on the back foot and things might get ugly out there. I had a solid swim. Legs struggled to get going on the bike but by 25km in I was finding my rhythm and moving up to the front. By the end of the bike there was Matt Chrabot, Paul Matthews and myself with a good lead over the rest of the field. The conditions were much hotter than when I raced here in 2013 and starting the run I could feel that.
I was in a world of hurt and my strides were just not flowing out like I’m used to. Every step was a conscious effort and when Matt made a move in the early kilometers of the run I had nothing to match him. All I could do was stay focused and work my way through the half marathon as best I could. His lead had developed to almost a minute at the 10km mark. Starting lap 2 I wasn’t sure I was even going to make it to the finish as the insane heat was getting to me, but when I noticed the gap to the lead getting smaller by the minute I got a hunger for the finish line and for getting their first. My pace wasn’t getting much faster but my heart rate was climbing. I snuck into the lead at the 15km mark and I wasn’t going to let this go.
I managed to hold things together and grab the WIN, although things did get pretty ugly in the closing couple kilometers!
I definitely had to work for that one but all in all a good hit out for Kona in 3 weeks time, especially racing in those hot hot conditions.
Back to San Diego for the next 10days then onto the Big Island for the final 10day lead up.
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