Sunday, June 28, 2009

What would Matty Reed do?

So out on my long ride yesterday, I came to a direct conclusion: If you want to race like a fast guy, you gotta train like a fast guy! Easy enough right? When I raced the Rev3 trithlon in CT last month, I truly expected to have the race of my life. I went out strong, but got greedy on the bike. I knew I was super strong going into the race, and figured an AG win would be easy. I got out on the bike, hammered for the first 43 miles (in way too aggressive of a gearing!) and blew the hell up before I even got to the run. In effect, my race was over when the bike was over.

The moral of the story is that I learned something. I learned something not only about myself, but about what it takes to be a top pro. Those guys (and girls) are badasses. They know their bodies, they know how to race, and they know how to push it when they need to and lay off when they need to. Their race day execution is an art. I've learned that it's not just about hammering from the start to the finish, but about letting the race unfold in front of you.

Seeing Matty Reed and the rest of the pro field run back from the out and back on the run was inspiring. Those guys looked so damn strong it was unbelieveable. Sure they hurt, but the experience they have allowed them to figure out how to deal with it.

I say all this to say that I want what these guys have. I want the know how and strength to put together an awesome race. I'm putting in the physical work, now I just have to work on the mental game. It's gonna be interesting to see what I can do when that happens.

Push 'till ya puke...Always.


Big Matty Reed said...

found your blog on the net, and wanted to post a comment. thanks for the good words. what i have found to make good races great and how i have found winning form is simple. train hard. train smart. and most of all be consistent. its not 5 or 10 workouts that will get you there but day in, day out hard training. triathlon has no short cut to glory.... you gotta do the training. keep at it and best of luck in your upcoming races.
Cheers Big Matty Reed

Dave said...

Matty, thanks so much for reading! I really appreciate the advice, I'm sure it's the best out there. I will be certain to stick with the idea of consistentcy. Thanks for your coment and best of luck to you to in the rest of your races this season!