Tuesday, October 17, 2017

"Back on track"

Seems like everything is coming together to solve my issues. I'm back to regular contact with water, far from an actual workout but doing some base technique, I'm hoping that I can work with a swim coach that got me swimming really well back in 2011 especially when a wetsuit isn't needed.
Yesterday I visited a chiropractor and squeezed a visit to the gym for some strength workout and today another therapy session at alphacycling, seeing some improvements.
As im still waiting for the MRI result I scheduled the first traditional phisioterapy for Thursday so so far I'm happy with the week :)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Kona

What a great day for racing. Less wind makes everything hotter. Like the past years me and vanessa hosted a bunch of  friends and watched from start to finish.
It was a great night to gain weight ;)
As for the race itself probably one the most exciting races in the past years. What to say about sanders, just amazing how a guy that looks so inefficient do so well, what a beast!! The "good looking" Athlete was better though, Lange certainly made it look easy!

Friday, October 13, 2017

52 shades of Sergio

Im Back, well i never left... i Just stopped blogging.
2017 was a really bad year, mostly my fault as i was unable to treat a Injury Property always with the feeling that i was still 20 yo. After months of negation and no more no less than 2 ironman finishes dragging my left leg my mind came Back to its Place after dnf in challenge almere, i Just felt like that the season was lost and had to fix everything before setting a diferent goal. The Goal is Set, but im far from being recovered, in fact i didnt even started any treathment (props to a great medical service in Portugal) but i did one exam that at least pointed one way, still waiting for an mri and an actual authorization to Therapy. This is 5-6 weeks after my desire to get things straight again só nedless to say that im starting to be upset to say the least. The lack of Exercise is killing me but i feel confortable knowing that theres no other way at the moment.
Tomorrow is the day that marks t-52 so this is Just to get used to my own confessionary ;)


And honestely there are things that piss me of and i Will blog about them (im pretty sure nobody reads blogs these days anyway...

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Sunday, November 16, 2014

2014...just numbers

2014 wasnt the dream year..

with a accident (hit by car) in the bike in early season and injury just before defending the title in Barcelona left about 2 months of real racing. i still managed to grab a 2nd place in Vitoria while i was still recovering from a fractured finger, 10th place in Zurich that was just to close to Vitoria and a 4th place at the european Long distance champs, held in ironman format. that was about it, my major race of course that was to be Barcelona was non existant as i got injured just 8 days before the race. i took a break and started 2015 early with the Portuguese LD champs that i won, that was a good startup of 2015

2015 will start in Israman, Israel, new location for me, and im looking forward to get there well :)

as for 2014 season numbers....

Swim262:15808,965.6 m
Run223:003,288.4 km
Bike480:3115,355.2 km
Other11:300 km
Total977:1619,452.6 km

Those actually look good for a full time worker ;)

i want to get back into blogging more, just need to build momentum


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Some explaining to do coming up

for now ill leave the January and february, two completelly diferent months


January
Swim28:0086,000 m
Run23:50396.6 km
Bike43:401,359 km
Other0:300 km
Total96:001,841.6 km

February
Swim25:2576,700.8 m
Run27:05363 km
Bike40:491,281 km
Other4:250 km
Total97:441,720.7 km

Sunday, January 12, 2014

recap and the winter bummer

Lets start with the season recap.


Triathlete Europe does sum it well in a few words what the season was like...

Since November 2012, after IM Hawaii, i embraced a totally new lifestyle, meaning i started working full time in the area i graduated with a somewhat fixed work times ( somewhat beacuse at some point its extended) Now i have been keeping myself busy since 2007 but with a very flexible hours wich was good for training. It was a brutal change but i was keen to keep doing my best in what i enjoy. I adpted well at first but then decided i had a oportunity of doing further education in a short period of time, at night (related to Work health and security), it was there that thing got really messy. Very few time to workout, i still remained squeezing all i could in the periods of pre work (early morning) and between work and school (somewhere between 6pm and 7pm). It wasnt the full day that worried me, it was the absolute lack of sleep i was having, it didnt took long to start feeling this astonishing rythm and honestely what kept me going was the temporary pain, forever glory concept. This (classes) lasted for 4 months in the winter/spring time. I choosed to do some half distance races to keep myself motivated wich worked really well but of course form wasnt the best.
First i went to Madeira to tackle an absolutely brutal course that i might say its one of the most insanelly hard courses in half ironman.


I dont even remember to total ascent of that race but it was big, got second to Vasco Pessoa, this was the first stage of the national Long distance champs.

Lisbon Half was next, it was quite a motivator that one, racing near home of course i had a very decent race solid swim, decent bike and an amazing run, where i almost caught Jose in 2nd place. it proved to me that i still have something to give even with low training volume, i was already gasping for air (the end of classes).

After this i went to bilbao for the first international race and was destroyed by the freezing temperatures but still finished the race.

It was time for Ironmans, first one was still under the dark times and with evaluations i had no chance to travel the day before Ironman Nice, and with a few sick time the week of the race i really didnt feel eve close to decent so decided to pull out in the run thinking about Roth.
It was a wise decision. With the end of classes and only a thesis to do that i could do managing my own time it was time to add .....sleep. it made all the diference. I had a very solid race i really felt the lack of kms on the bike but overall it was a great 7th place (8h:23m). Now it was time to have decent training again, at least for my new standarts (early morning, end of day workouts), I had focused in vichy the european championships and trained well for it, i was very fit actually but the story of that race was writen the night before the race where i spent the whole night vomiting what i had an didnt had in my insides, dont know what happened and dont care now, i started the race but soon enough i was out of fuel and vomiting breakfast. It was actually the first ironman i did without a single calorie, i helped Vanessa getting 5th and was happy to do so.
I had to post this photo because well i look like im preagnant ;)

There was only 2 races in my schedule but after Vichy i really felt like racing ASAP and Guadalajara was there for me, I lost a great deal of weight in this week but i raced and got 2nd for the 3rd straight time, it was a confidence booster for Barcelona

It was time for the 3rd big race of the season (Roth and Vichy where the first 2). it was a perfect day, everything just worked like a charm, really, it was quite a feeling to put my foot on the ground and feeling like i havent swam and biked before that, Running 2:38 isnt of course for all and i was astonished with my performance and the win. Not only because i won but because i could be Very competitive with a full time job, one of the best moments of my carreer.

One final race, the last stop of the national Long distance Champs held in acores and i had a very good chance to win it, something that wasnt a goal of the season but its always nice to get. i won the race and the champs so it was a perfect season ending


As for 2014, winter its not being kind for me,  right now im on my 2nd sick period in a short time, its also consequence of some bad habits i developed during the past year that i must really solve them so i can have a strong imune system again but im still going for Ironman Lanzarote, look forward to go back there.

Sorry about the poor writing but time is short

Cheers!!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The traditional 2013 numbers

I will go deeper on these numbers as well as some thoughts about 2013 but time is short so ill leave that to 2014.

Here are my 2013 numbers, it is clear that im going downhill when you look at totals ;)
2013
Swim291:09883,400 m
Run233:223,407.9 km
Bike521:3116,864 km
Other7:500 km
Total1053:5221,155.3 km

2012
Swim298:24962,700 m
Run282:464,075.8 km
Bike627:5420,239.2 km
Other6:300 km
Total1215:3425,277.7 km
2011
Swim278:44872,412 m
Run284:284,069.4 km
Bike665:4423,731 km
Other11:250 km
Total1240:2128,672.8 km
Have a great 2014, ill try to enjoy mine

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

REPORTAJE CHALLENGE 2013 EN CALELLA

One of the ton of Race coverage in Barcelona!


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Barcelona

This was my last race of the season, and what a way to finish, through my ironman career i havent won many races, a few long course ones but not many although i have been many many times on podiums, winning this one is by right one of the highs of my career.

I travelled early with Vanessa an Helder, i was there on wednesday night so i had my time to sleep late and rest from the regular day i have at home. Everything went quite smothly, my only concern was the weather that of course couldnt control. i have been feeling awesome for the last 2 or so weekes and was absolutely ready for a race.

The forecast wasnt the best but at least it wasnt cold, the swim started at a very nice 8:30 am, the prep was uneventfull and i was happy to get to the start line ready.
The swim was good, i got into a group that felt really easy so i took advantage of this, the only remark i had is the looooong 2700 straight along the coast that never seemed to end. I got out in 56 witch was a bad time especially knowing that i was swimming well, helder imediately remarked that i was only 4 min from the lead and scant seconds from other favourites like Fachback meaning that i actually had a great swim, the swim times where just slower for everyone. going through T1 confirmed that i had a good swim as all the bikes i "marked" as reference points where still racked.






Riding time, the course was essencially a conection strech of something like 5km with very technical turns speed bumps etc until a 2 lap + one short 30 km lap and then again the same narrow roads until T2
I took it easy at the first part out of town, it certanly didnt matter at all if i went like crazy on this early race part. as soon as i got out of town there where a 3 man group that rode together until 45 50km, going to the first turn around was actually what felt harder in the entire ride, after that first 30 km i started getting my legs. At 45 50 km the big pack caught us and that pack included all the bikers that i wanted to leave behing on the swim. There where still a lot of atheletes between me and the leader Konstantin that unsurprisingly was tearing down the bike course. At this time i was feeling very "confortable" and the speed was very high, well above 40Km/h. At around middle of the ride the Pack was huge since i caught back Marcus Fachback along with other Like George Potrebish, all favourites this was when the group started to get smaller and smaller, my legs felt really well and i could matcha any pace on that group, Konstantin of course was already more than 10 min ahead, until the end the only remark was the rain that made the last 5km very very dangerous. I really eased the pace at this time, it was about 7-8 athletes going to T2 separated by seconds and the uberbiker was 15 min ahead. I was anxious to know how my legs would feel when i leave the bike in the rack....

I passed Tom running for the tent and left before him, I started running in about 9th BUT as soon as i left t2 i started hammering the run course,  what a feeling!! running like there wasnt 180km + swim before.... the 4 lap run had plenty of turnaround spots to look at the competition, i only needed 6km to get to 2nd place and at the end of lap one i was already roughly 10min from Konstantin, this was possible, i felt just amazingly fast in the first 2 laps, i knew of course that this would end eventually and i had to worry about Tom since he was running a couple minutes back and still looked strong. at the end of lap 2 i was 5 6 min off and during the 3rd lap, when i started feeling the distance i caught the speedy biker around 30km, after that it was all about checking where tom was and if i was safe, i knew the final time would be fast so that helped trying to keep the pace high as i possibly could. Getting to that finish line first was always that feeling of finishing an ironman... but this time i was faster than everyone ;) i was really happy for this fantastic day where you just feel awesome.



Of course i got this late as i imediately got back to work, yes the regular joe work and im taking a bit of easy training the next few weeks, not much time to celebrate



A quick tank you to all the people and companies that support me!!!!