Race time

Tomorrow Im racing my last long distance race for the season, Cascais long distance triathlon. Last year i was 2nd but this year the competition is stronger and a very strong performance is needed to get on the podium tomorrow.

Long distance is about physical preparation, but its more about the mental part. Its a race that takes around 4-5 hours and you have to stay focused and set the right pace throughout the race. I noticed this earlier this year when i won Lisbon International long distance triathlon. I was not the best athlete on the start line if results were compared with the others, but that day i was mentally strong. I coped very well with the stormy weather and for the first time in a long distance triathlon i showed what i could actually do on the bike when my mind was set in the right direction.

The preparation for the race has not gone quite as i have expected. I have missed some important workouts during the past weeks. I have just not had the energy to cope. The past month has been hard. In August i lost my dear friend David in cancer. His death, despite knowing he wasnt going to make it took hard on me. Last week i lost my friend and colleague Jorge Malhado. He lost his battle against cancer and passed away on the 15th of September…Despite knowing that David and Jorge would not win the battle you are never prepared to lose anyone, never…

Ill see what the outcome will be tomorrow. Ill do my best.

After this race i have another two races on the schedule. On October the 1st im racing the finals at the National championship for teams (time trial)  and on the 5th of October im doing my first track race on a bike.

After the 5th of October i will rest. I have kept up with this regime and life style for 6 years now. Body and mind needs a well deserved rest…

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