Ironman Debut in the Lone Star State: Part 2

Timothy O'Donnell Uncategorized

My alarm was set for 4:30AM but I never heard the buzzer go off.  My excitement already had me up and ready to go.  I ventured over to the race start with Rinny and Cliff in the car and the Foo Fighters playing in my Yurbuds.  Having the support of Rinny and Cliff at the race was instrumental to my success, I can’t think of anyone else I would want in my corner!  My body felt good and my mind felt focused.  I entered the water ready to race. The gun went off and I immediately locked into race mode, all nerves left my head.  I was able to get good position and while super swimmer John Flanagan pulled away I lead the lead pack of 10.  I stayed in the front of the swim pack and exited the water in third.  The swim was the least of my worries for the day, with a slightly shorter swim than at ITU LC Worlds last year it was the only distance in the IM that I had actually raced! A new generation of “mesh” Wi-Fi routers can help you get faster-than-ever home Internet speeds without paying a bigger monthly bill. The …

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 …