Ready for 4th IM Hawaii on new ISAAC Muon TT bike
After 2006, 2008 and 2010 it will be already my 4th start in the IM World Champs Hawaii. In 2009 I unfortunately had to watch the race from the sideline due to my back-injury. All-in-all, this is the 5th time on this beautiful island.
My preparation went well. Like last year I did my final training camp in the Spanish Sierra Nevada on altitude. An ideal location since you can train in the heat near Granada and the climbing is good for increasing bike-power which you definitely need on the windy course in Hawaii. This time I went alone, but fully motivated to complete my training sets. Sometimes it is an advantage for an Ironman athlete to train alone and prepare yourself mentally. Especially for me since I will be behind after the swim, so not riding in a group and forced to work my way up into the field alone in the aerobars. I like it this way.
After the training camp I have been home for 2 days to re-pack, before leaving to Kona via Amsterdam and LA. We are here now for one week, the jetlag is gone and the climate feels "normal" again. I have been doing some nice last training sessions, f.e. in the ocean together with some dolphins. Very nice experience! Then I went to Hawi last Thursday on my new TT bike: The ISAAC Muon TT. You can see how proud I am of it on the picture taken along the Alii Drive. Yesterday I did my last long run out and back to the Energy Lab, so now I think I am ready. Just rest and prepare to be full of energy at the startline on Saturday morning.