Well with the launch of my new website and my lock down in training camp I have not had any time to post a blog for the past 6 weeks. Things have been hectic and have started to settle now the season is over. I am currently in Las Vegas with my family staying at the Wynn Casino. The Wynn has been a huge supporter of myself over the past 2 years and we spend a lot of time out here between events, unwinding. It has been a lovely week here in Las Vegas, after the disappointment of Ironman Hawaii last week.
I have received hundreds of emails and wellwishes from people and want to thank you all for that. Many people seem to have an understanding of what happened in Kona to my bike, but the basic fact is that I snapped the front derailure cable just before the turn around at Havi on the bike. Unfortunately for me the Tech guys that came to my aid, did not have the gear cable to replace it and after trying to adjust the front derailure with the lining screws to keep me in the big chainring, they stripped the front bolt and I was unable to continue. After talking with these guys and accessing the situation it was ultimately the end of my day. It was a devastating moment for me and I appreciate the emails from friends for their support.
The race unfolded and the winners were crowned and again Hawaii was an amazing race. My congratulations go out to Craig and Chrissie for amazing performances. The hardest thing for me to deal with at the moment was the fact that I never got the opportunity to defend my title. It had taken me 5 years to ultimately win this prize and I was very much looking forward to defending my title. I never got this chance this year and that is emotionally tough. I will get my chance next year and my focus is now all about that moment. My season this year has been epic and my form going into the event was exceptional. Without the completion of an event to draw parallels from and build a training plan into the next year, it can be difficult to build training plans. For this reason I have picked some late season races to compete in to access where my form is now. Nevertheless, we have shifted our focus, began our season plan and are looking towards 2009 and winning my title back. Our focus is all about this at present and my season plan is almost set. I will return to Ironman Germany to defend my title in 2009 and specifically focus on winning a series of the 70.3 races in the early season. It will be a busy year.
My family and I are off to LA tomorrow before we all head to Bermuda for the Escape to Bermuda Triathlon and also the engagement party of my good friend Tyler Butterfield. I then will spend a week in New York after the New York marathon to finish filming the Under Armour Television Commercial that will air in 2009 globally. From New York we are back in Las Vegas for the Silverman Half Ironman race in Henderson before my family heads back to Australia and we finish the season. I have a 3 week stopover in South America to do some camps and seminars and will be back home to Sydney Australia in mid December. I cannot wait.
I thought I better post a blog on my site and will continue to do so now on a bi weekly basis leading into the new year and beyond. We have some new sponsorship partnerships to announce for 2009 and hope to have a tease of the Under Armour Commercial to upload in December.
Safe training and stay healthy,