After finishing 3rd in the Ironman African Championships, Linsey reflects on part one of 2018 and outlines new goals
I just wanted to drop you a note and check-in after last weekend’s Ironman African Championships, where I placed 3rd and qualified for my 12th Kona as a professional. The first part of my season was focused on a Spring Ironman event, and now that it has wrapped up I have had time to reflect on how the first part of my season has gone.
A few highlights:
- Rule #1 – no illness + no injuries = yay!
- I spent 8+ weeks doing stroke work in the pool. This required a lot of patience on my end: slow swimming, lower swim mileage, lots of solo swimming, swim lessons (!), dry-land work. I really had to go back to the drawing board in regards to my swim. A highlight at Ironman South Africa was making the main pack in a rough-ocean swim. This was something I have been dreaming of and a great sign for things to come.
- 3,800 miles on the bike + 600 miles of running logged
- We tried some new stuff with my bike training this winter and the numbers I saw in training were some of the best of my career.
- The goal for my run was to increase my durability so that late in the marathon I wasn’t falling apart. We successfully have managed to increase my training mileage and I think it has paid off. In Sunday’s race, I had a race-best marathon (2:58) and I closed out the day feeling strong.
- I’ve really been enjoying the training and process of simply checking off the boxes along the way this Spring. It has been refreshing to not feeling as pressured by outcomes as I have in years past. This is much easier said than done.
- I raced Campeche 70.3 – 4th place & Ironman South Africa – 3rd place.
Here are a few things I’ll be working on over the next few months.
- Increasing my swim mileage and fitness levels.
- While I have shown personal-best numbers on the bike in training, in both of my races this year it hasn’t shown up yet as I have cycled well below my potential. I’m on the hunt to find some answers. As I always say to my coach – the race is the proving ground! This is exciting to me as we know there is room to improve.
- I will be focusing on a handful of 70.3 races, working on that high-end speed.
- I am looking at racing an Ironman this summer with a hard bike course to let my Trek bike shine.
- Rule #1 – don’t get sick, don’t get injured 🙂
- As the weather is shifting more towards summer, I am looking forward to logging lots of outdoor miles and enjoying time in the mountains, which is where I get a lot of my inspiration and enjoyment.
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for playing a part in the above. Now, more than ever, I appreciate how lucky I am to have the group of people backing me that I do. You make training, racing, and life as a professional athlete possible. I hope I can continue to represent you in the best way possible.
Looking forward to the next few months of training and racing! Let’s keep it rolling…
- May 20: Chattanooga 70.3
- June 3: Victoria 70.3
- June 24: Coeur D’Alene 70.3
- July Ironman event – TBD