I’ve been doing triathlons recreationally since 1996 and got somewhat serious in 2001 when I completed my first full Ironman (2.4 mile swim, 112 bike, 26.2 run); I finished Ironman (IM) California in 12:28. I would go on to race IM Wisconsin in 2004 and earn my Ironman personal record (PR) of 12:09. I did several other IM races (Wisconsin, New Zealand, and Arizona 3x) but my times progressively worsened to jut a little over 13 hours. I attribute my decline to poor preparation due to time constraints, lack of focus, and being overweight. I did some of the races just for the sake of being able to say I did them, and others I did while in physical therapy school when I clearly did NOT have the time to train properly.
IM Santa Rosa will be my 8th full IM race. I’d like to think that at this point in my life I’m more stable, wise, humble, and focused. Being a doctor of physical therapy and a fitness trainer with over 25 years experience, I should know what I’m supposed to do to achieve my potential fitness and fastest race time.
I’m going to target my weight and nutrition. Endurance racing really boils down to how well you move your own weight. I’m going into this training weighing about 187 pounds and I really need to be racing at 150-155 lbs.
I have to establish my aerobic base, particularly with cycling. The bike portion is where one recovers from the swim, fuels for the bike, and also fuels for the run….all while attempting to make a fast time. One’s bike fitness will determine how fast one can go while holding back enough to allow the body to absorb calories and hydration.
Once I have my weight, bike fitness, and aerobic base on point, my run performance will simply be a manifestation of how well I can polish up my running form and what my genetics will allow with respect to leg speed and efficiency.
We’ll see how it goes…
“I won’t fail.”
David Macayaon PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, PES