Las Vegas is history. After more than 3 weeks in the city I was very much ready to leave today, as I started the car and drove 500 km south to Tempe/Phoenix for the Ironman next Sunday.
The last week has been quite different from the usual week 14 days out of an ironman. After the race my legs were incredibly smashed. My quads were sore, my feets were hurting and I was tired! So the first 2 days after the race I didn’t do anything but a short swim set, and on the third day I started out with an easy bike ride and a work out on the cross trainer.
Together with some massage I worked the soreness out of my body, and the last couple of days I have actually been able to do some good workouts! This close to the race it isn’t about building fitness, but more a matter of keeping the body alert and making sure it is ready and recovered for raceday. The World Championships race was a big training day before the ironman race, much harder than what I would usually do for my last hard session before a big race, and we needed to consider that when we are planning the last days before the race.
But I think we have come up with a good plan, and hopefully I’ll be ready for another long day come Sunday!
In the meantime I would like to tell you a bit about my Fusion kit I wore in Las Vegas and that I will wear in Phoenix.
Las Vegas was an ITU World Championships, hence we had to wear the national suit. The national suit is a custom suit by Fusion and comes in a World Cup and Long Distance edition. The Long Distance edition features a zipper on the bag (due to ITU rules), mesh pockets on the legs for nutrition and 1 or 2 layers of COMP3 padding for comfort during the bikeride (it is individually decided whether it should be 1 or 2 layers. The World Cup suit comes with either none or 1 layer of padding). The fabric for the suit has been chosen after lots of testing to find the best suitable fabric for swimming (low weight is a key issue for a non-wetsuit swim), but also trying to maintain the compression that supports the legs during bike and run.
Furthermore the suit is treated with a proofing that sheds water and makes sure that the suits dries instantly after the swim.
Since the weather in Las Vegas was so cold we were allowed to wear an extra layer of clothes on the bike (this was before we knew the swim would be cancelled). This was perfect for me, as I had my custom made aero-top with me. Under normal conditions we would not be allowed to wear this in an ITU race, but due to the cold weather they made an exception in the rules that allowed us to wear extra clothes.
The aero-top is made out of one piece of fabric and has a minimum of stitching, all on the inside of the top. It has 3/4 arm length, which helps to keep you warm in the cooler races, but can also help to keep you cool in the warmer racs (both due to the white color and the possibility of cooling the suit with water). You can see the top on the picture above!
For the ironman next I will wear a 2 piece suit. It will be the pocket-power tights in white and, most likely, the ice-pocket top. Furthermore I will were the aero-top underneath my wetsuit for the swim and keep it on during the bikeride. It has a complete zipper that makes it very easy to get out of, and I will quickly take it off during T2. Since we are expecting quite cool temperatures on race morning, this will serve both to keep me warm and aero during the bikeride!
If you have questions about the Fusion kit I am using you are more than welcome to ask me by writing a comment below! If I can not answer the questions I will direct them to someone that can 🙂
Thanks to Kevin Koresky for the pictures. Kevin runs a great triathlon site called finishline-multisport! Check it out and follow him on twitter if you want to stay updated 🙂