Saturday, October 20, 2018

Matt Fisher

Matt Fisher runs TriathletesDiary.com - so it's all his fault! He pretends to be a triathlete, but really he is a husband, father and company VP. But he has raced for the GB Age Group squad a few times and is a two-times qualifier for the IM70.3 world champs

Okay, so you know the story: the Escape from Alcatraz was one of the first triathlons I ever witnessed (without even knowing it at the time) and as soon as I knew what it was, it had to go on my bucket list of races to do before I die.

This year I entered the $25 lottery and, to my surprise, got a slot to take part in the 35th annual Escape from Alcatraz triathlon on June 7th.  Just the small matter of paying another $400 to confirm my slot, then ship myself and my bike halfway round the world for a race that’s barely longer than an Olympic distance triathlon.  In terms of pounds-per-mile, it’s an expensive one!

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I kept quiet about this one. In my head it had to be purely a training race and as Adam Gibson made clear when I asked him if it would be a good idea to enter or not: “yeah, go ahead, but you’re not going to win it, you’re going to be knackered!”

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When I reviewed CurraNZ back in February, one of my parting comments was that I’d like to undertake a longer test to see if the initial results held true over a number of months.  Well, the nice people at CurraNZ agreed and kindly supplied an additional test batch.

With just two capsules left(!), it seems now is a good time to report back on my findings.

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My first encounter with the Swashbuckler middle distance triathlon, held in the beautiful New Forest, came in 2012.  It was also my first attempt at a middle distance triathlon.  A shame then that I chose the 2012 event, where the water and air temperatures were both so cold that many of us ended near-on hypothermic and there was a record number of DNFs.  I freely admit the race brought me to tears.

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After the intense week in Mallorca, racking up both the kilometres and the hours, I returned to ‘normal life’ straight into a two week taper ahead of the first triathlon of the year.  I wouldn’t normally taper for a whole two weeks for a middle distance triathlon (and you could argue the taper hasn’t really been full-on until this week), but as I’m learning about training stress balance, I put myself firmly into the red while on the camp and needed a bit more effort than normal to get it back towards a positive value!

I guess we’ll see on Sunday whether the taper strategy has worked! Having competed in the Swashbuckler triathlon (my first ever middle distance triathlon) back in 2012, I felt like I had a score to settle with the race.

 

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