Jump starting 2011 with a win at the Ironman 70.3 San Juan

Timothy O'Donnell Uncategorized

2011 started with a big bang this weekend as I won my first race of the season at the inaugural Ironman 70.3 San Juan! With an incredible men’s field including 2x Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack, 5x Ironman champion Luke Mckenzie and a slew of other champions I knew the season kick off was going to be a true challenge. I spent the last 8 weeks in Tucson preparing for 2011 in what turned out to be an unbelievable training block. With my debut Ironman race in Texas coming up the focus of my preseason was volume. I knew that the higher volume coming into San Juan would leave me strong but I was not sure if I had tuned my speed enough for a 70.3 win. With this in mind my coach Cliff and I decided on a race strategy to play to that strength, set a strong pace early and aim to be the last man standing! Race day conditions were fantastic and the 79 degree water called for no wetsuits. As the race began I was able to quickly get to the front of the swim and exited the water in the lead with Dave Kahn, one …