We did it! A phrase Andrew Fast and I coined has finally become the name of a nation-wide flavor of ice cream. I knew it was only a matter of time with the vast quantities of ice cream I consume! “What a Cluster” is not only delicious, but accurately describes my racing exploits and those of my friend and training partner Andrew “the water buffalo” Fast.
So, who in their right mind would cluster 3 Half-Ironmans within 1 month of each other? Well, crazy people like Matt Russell or ThomasGerlach certainly would, but for a conservative racer like myself, it was a big jump from the normal race spacing (usually 1x/month).
WA State 40k Champs
And a "cluster" it was. The preview was the WA State 40k TT champs in
High hopes for the
If I've learned one thing from pro-marathoner Mike Sayenko (aside from how to do a proper Borat impression), it's that when you're hot, you race. I knew I was in good shape, but had failed in the last two attempts to show it. Fortunately, I had already created a back up plan.
Tremblant 70.3 – June 24
Ironman was hosting an inaugural Half-Ironman in
July 8 – Rev 3
Rev 3 was the biggest confidence builder of the 3 races. I spent a few days before the race in
Things went off the rails a bit on our way from
Race Day. I was hoping for a wetsuit legal swim, but it was not to be. I came out and the clock read 36 minutes and I thought, “this is gonna be one LONG day.” But, I unleased a super solid bike-run combo, averaged 23.7 on a ridiculously hilly bike course, and unleased a half in hot (90 degrees-ish) conditions, and managed to pull myself up to 12th.
If you take the bike-run splits only, I was 6th. That built my confidence based on who I was up against – Cunningham, Thomas, Rapp, etc. I think I lost some of the feel for the water with my lack of swimming while in
Now I can’t adequately tell the story of these several clusters without mentioning Andrew’s exploits, as he was busy with a cluster of his own. Andrew was ready to pop a good one, but flatted out of the Victoria Half-Iron with a nasty sidewall gash on the rear tire. He also had a flat the day before on the front, but frantically found a replacement before race day. Bad luck with tires lately! I did hear tale that Andrew was able to stay with Andy Pott’s parents out in
Andrew really had a