Coming into the race I knew I hadn’t had the best build up, mainly due to a simple dental treatment turning into a bigger issue than expected. After 70.3 Busselton I was booked to have a tooth removed on the Monday with the idea I would only need to take three days off training, instead there was complications and it turned into more 4 visits to the Dentist and 10 days without being able to train. I was able to recover and get some good solid training in once it was resolved but it wasn’t the perfect preparation!
The last few days before the race when as normal, with some light training & suss out the new swim & run course. When I did Ironman Cairns in 2012, the swim and T1 was in central Cairns which was changed this year to be at Palm Cove which 25km out of Cairns. It would impact the end of the bike as it would would finish the bike in town and meant the the whole run would be in down town Cairns with a “few” 180 degree turns!
Since Ironman Melbourne we (my coach Mat and I) have been focussing on my biking as it has been my weakness over the last couple of years. One of the first things I did back in March was change my Profile Design bars to the Aeria T2 model but still with S-bend bars. With the new setup my position came a little bit more forward. Another thing was that I have put on a few more kilos to see if that would give me some more power as well. So coming into the race I was looking forward to see where my biking is at.
Aimee and I went over to WA on the Thursday because I already know the couse having raced both the haldf and full ironman several times before so didn’t need to much prep time there.
It was going okay, except a small rock hit our windcreen on the drive from Perth to Busselton. Over the next day the chip before a crack and was starting to spread. Panicking how much it was going to cost us, I didn’t get much sleep on Thursday night which wasn’t great!
Friday morning Sam Betten and I went for an easy spin on the bike which was cooler than expected at only 7 degrees. We then headed down to the famous Busso jetty for a swim and made it out of the water in one piece. Thanks to Aimee we did also find time to get the windscreen changed as well. More >
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I had a good build up & finally got on top of my hip injury that I has been bothering me since just before this race last year.
Up to big races I like to sleep in my high altitude tent if it’s possible, as in the past when I have, my performances has been very good. And with Ironman Melbourne being a very important race for me, I was happy to sleep in the tent even thought it did mean that I could not sleep next to Aimee. I hoped that a good result would make up for it.
The last few weeks up to the race I felt that I was in a good shape and looked set for a good result even though the field was well packed with good names!
On race morning I was looking forward to swim, because it was my first race in my new Roka wetsuit, especially because in the week up to the race I had done 400m swim in 4:44min with is a good time for me!
This year the weather was much better for an open water swim than last so that was a good star to the morning. I did have an okay start if we look away from the fact that I lost my Garmin watch after 100m. But I was with the front group out to first bouy (850m) where Luke McKenzice & I got dropped, I was hoping that a few others would also get dropped, but it did not happen that way. The rest of the swim we where on our own, but the front group did not look to fare away. But out of the water I saw we were 4min from the front, but with another chase group just 2mins in front of us. I was a little bit disappointed with my swim time of 49:46 – not the start I was looking for. More >
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PRESS RELEASE – March 12th 2014, Melbourne Australia
AJ TRi is thrilled to announce two-time iron-distance champion Jimmy Johnsen will partner with Endura Sports Nutrition.
Endura Sports Nutrition is one of the leaders in sports nutrition globally. With headquarters and production coming out of Queensland, Australia, the partnership just made sense to the now Australian based Dane.
“I wanted to partner with Endura because their products are of a superior quality. I like that they manufacture everything here in Australia which means I know where the products come from, where they are made and I can trust what I am putting into my body.”
Johnsen, at 35 years of age, understands every athlete at the top is looking to find the smallest of advantages and improvements which was the catalyst for his move to Endura.
“I first met Jason from Endura a couple of years ago at a race and have built a great relationship with him and his team since then. Having worked with another nutrition brand for most of my career, I had been hesitant to try out something new. But it’s all about finding any improvement you can.