Midsummers eveJune 23, 2014

It has been a while since the last update, a whole 12 week IM preparation cycle is gone. I have chewed trough it and I’m starting the race week with a travel to Klagenfurt.

Foto: Kert Olle

Foto: Kert Olle

First of all I wanted to write about the reasons why I chose IM Austria and not anything else. In my and my coaches (Jüri Käen) mind I had two options for a midsummer Ironman. Ether 29.06 IM Austria or IM Frankfurt the week after. Its the timing thing. With those races I can insure myself a nice little break before Kona prep starts. Also KPR points didn’t make me do another Ironman, like I was forced to do last year. I could have done just a few halves but I wanted to put a little more stress on my body then prep for 70.3 distance would require. I raced my first Ironman in Klagenfurt and the positive emotions from that race are still with me. I can close my eyes and go through half of the course. Also cause I had such a nice home stay experience I’m happy to return. Also 5 other members of my club, 21CC Triatloniklubi, have signed up for that race. I also wanted to race on a fast course. What can you do, boy has some dreams. All those small details together would make me happy to race. I think thats important as we go through such pain during the race…

4 weeks from the past 12 week block I spent in southern Estonia. Hillier and definitely more quiet place than Tallinn. I also had all the conditions needed for a good training camp. Through a friend I was able to find a nice cottage to rent where my family was feeling well too. I went to training and my kids were able to run around outside a lot. A luxury that I don’t have because I live on a 4th floor and sending kids outside requires also a parent being outside…..During the camp I had one scary moment when my achilles, that has had two surgeries, flared up and required some immediate help from a good fysio. Fortunately I was able to get an appointment to a very good man and few days after I was running like a young deer.

Foto: Jüri Suurkivi

Foto: Jüri Suurkivi

As a test race I took part, as a member of the team, Valga-Valka triathlon, half Ironman distance race held on Estonian/Latvian border. My good friend from old swimming days got off the coach and swam and my darling wife did the run part. It was a good day despite my SRM power meter refusing to work. I managed to get in a decent ride (2.10) and my wife did a totally respectable 1.38 for a half marathon. Its not easy to train and race having two kids and an athlete (third kid) at home needing your attention.

Foto: Jüri Suurkivi

Foto: Jüri Suurkivi

Foto: Jüri Suurkivi

Foto: Jüri Suurkivi

Its scary to think sometimes how much have I become dependent of gadgets. I was pissed that my power meter didn’t work, can’t I ride by feel any more. I have no idea. Fortunately I had a good friend lending me some Garmin Vector pedals that I can use in Klagenfurt. At least I have some piece of mind for what its worth.

So what should we expect from IM Austria. The pro men field is large, almost 60 men starting including international superstars Faris al Sultan, Ivan Rana, Bert Jammaer, Mike Aigroz and Michael Weiss. Its an European Ironman, always packed, always full of rising stars and full of surprises. In Thorsen Raddles statistic sheet I am ranked number 4 for this. It has always been my Moto to beat that ranking. We’ll see on Sunday.

As you can read from this post there are always people helping me. And I’m really grateful for that, so thank you family&friends sponsors and supporters for getting my through another IM prep healthy (till today) and fit!

Oh yeah, last thing. Motivation to train has been a lot easier this time around. Why, well if you have time watch this video…..

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Seeya on the other side of Ironman Austria!

Marko


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