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Challenge Vietnam

I raced Challenge Vietnam on the weekend (my first as a professional) and managed 2nd place behind Mitch Robbins.

I didn’t have a great swim, it’s something I have been working hard on to improve but this didn’t reflect in my performance as it was just one of those days where things just didn’t feel good. I kept getting caught up in the rope that followed the course which slowed me a bit a few times.

I was 6th out of the water and I had my work cut out for me if I was going to catch these guys.

Being an out, then 4 laps and back course, allowed me the opportunity to see how I was going and ride accordingly. I managed to pull back the lead group during the 3rd lap of the bike and go into the lead. This resulted in me producing the fastest bike split for the day thanks to the help of my Giant Trinity!

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Out of t2 I was leading with Mitch hot on my heels. I was feeling good but knew Mitch was a strong athlete and it was going to be a tough battle. We played cat and mouse for 18k running shoulder to should or just in front of one another when Mitch made a surge up the final rise and I just couldn’t pull him back. There was only 36seconds in it!

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Overall I am very pleased but of course would’ve loved to have gone one better. It was an invaluable experience and confidence boost leading into my first Ironman in three weeks at Taiwan.

As always thank you so much to the people close to me who have supported me from the start and stayed by my side during this transitional period from AG to PRO. I couldn’t have done without you guys! 👊🏼
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Giantbikesaus Giant Hampton
Anker Concrete
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Mizunorunningaus
Hammernutritionaus
Cannibalaustralia
Compressportaustralia
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My performance advisor/ life coach Jarrod Evans and last but not least my partner Maddy who is my rock!
Also thank you to everyone who wished me luck (a little went my way 😉) and challengevietnam / Pulse Active for putting on a fantastic event!
Great work behind the lens as usual 📸 @asiatrilive 🙌🏻

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Sep 13

When you go to APC’s to blow out the cobwebs, and don’t hydrate. You’re going to have a bad time.

I am finally home and have had a chance to reflect on Ironman 70.3 Cebu Asia Pacific Championships. The race didn’t go as well as I would have hoped, but I at least have answers to why I think things didn’t go to plan.

Firstly going into the race I knew my fitness was at 70%. I have had a bad run of injury and illness this year resulting in a broken training program. This has a negative impact on fitness levels, which the data suggested pre race. However, I was happy with my swim and bike performance taking this into consideration.

 

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cebu Bike 1

My run performance was very disappointing and was not an accurate reflection of my fitness rather a poorly executed nutritional plan on the bike. In the second half of the bike leg I missed getting hydration at the aid station, so only had ½ a bidon of water for most of the second half of the bike, which resulted in groin and abdominal cramps when I put on the runners. In hot and humid conditions like this and the intensity of 70.3 racing there is no way to recover from a basic but critical mistake like hydration.

Cebu Run

Cebu Finish

Every race whether it’s a PB or a day you would rather not remember you gain another notch in the belt with experience and knowledge. I am in the big leagues now and there is going to be a period of adaptation and getting use to the style of racing at the top level. A wise man told me to look at it as an apprenticeship, which I was certainly the apprentice on race day.

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Ironman 70.3 Cebu is an absolutely fantastic race! I couldn’t recommend it more. The course is honest and the crowds are incredible! The local Cebu people are very supportive and passionate of the race. The athlete support and cultural experiences we encountered thanks to the race organizers Sunrise Events was amazing.

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helpers

Thank you to everyone who wished me luck and helped me get to the start line. Sorry I let you down. As always I couldn’t do what I do without the support of my family, performance advisor Jarrod Evans and sponsors, so THANK YOU!

Thank you to Asia Tri For the pics

 

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Aug 13

Warrnambool Sufferfest

In its 4th year of running Warrnambool’s Sufferfest had record times and participants. It’s a very honest and challenging course which gives all levels of athlete the chance to race over a different course compared to most Victorian races which are based on beach road. If you don’t think you are up to the big one there are heaps of other race options available over the weekend!

3hours from Melbourne may seem like a long way to travel but its an easy drive to do as its straight down the freeway and with plenty to do along the way to break up the drive like stop into Geelong, Colac, Camperdown and Warrnambool itself has plenty to see and do. Or you can take the scenic route along the iconic great ocean road!

The race itself,

It was bitter sweet to finish 2nd this year. I was in good shape leading into the event when my knee started giving me pain 3 weeks out and forced me to take some time off at a very crucial time in my preparation. Luckily it settled down quickly and I was even able to race, which I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to do a week out from the race.

I have been working on my swim leg which was evident the work has paid off when I stuck with the lead group and was 2nd out of the water! I don’t come from a swimming background so to those out there in a similar position (90% of Triathletes) there is hope! J

I was in the best position I could be in.

1st Walsh

2nd Maxwell

3rd Rodgers

I was first out of T1 onto the bike

Going up the hill Walsh (who I knew was a real threat but I didn’t know much about his style or strengths) came flying past up the hill grinding away out of the saddle so I stuck with him. We were swapping turns (legal racing distance) leading the race and I looked back to check where Rodgers was (I am very familiar with how he races as we have meet twice in the past at this event which both times saw Rodgers power through the bike leg and me making up ground on the run) and I couldn’t see him anywhere so things were going great! So I thought! There is long downhill section on the course where Tom much have made a move to catch back up to us. We rode together for 1 lap when I made a very silly mistake of going to grab a drink bottle from the aid station at the bottom of the hill when I dropped 2 and the boys made a well played move up the hill and dropped me. With my lack of top end fitness I knew I wouldn’t be able to bridge the gap and if I was going to win I was going to have to rely on my run (which wasn’t in great shape) and Tom not running well. Deja vu!

Rodgers 1st

Walsh 2nd

Maxwell 3rd

I was 3rd out of T2 onto the run

The run is a tough one ( it ant called Sufferfest for nothing!) its got some sharp hills that wind through the trees on the costal trail which makes it difficult to get into a good rhythm and see where your competitors are.

I overtook Walsh Pretty early on the first lap and he looked like the bike had hurt him. I was making time up on Rodgers and was on track to catch him but I too was hurting and slightly laboring. I knew my fitness wasn’t there and if I was going to catch Rodgers, I was going to have to do it on Grit! At the 15k mark which is the final turn. I think I was 40seconds behind. I could see Tom was putting in an effort to hold me off and I just couldn’t match it. I had so much support from the crowd and fellow competitors giving me splits and encouragement! It was very uplifting and I am sorry I didn’t come through with the goods!

The Final Result,

1st Place Rodgers

2nd Place Maxwell

3rd Place Walsh

Congratulations to everyone who raced and finished! And thank you to the event organisers and volunteers for putting on a great event and last but not least my sponsors + supporters who make my journey possible.

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Mar 26

Sole Motive Active Triathlon Vic Sprint Distance Championships

Sprint Distance Triathlon’s are a whole different kind of hurt than an Ironman! But they are great fun and best of all are all over before second breakfast! I was very happy to manage to produce some speed after some long k’s building for Ironman Australia on the 1st of May. The day didn’t go smoothly with some wayward swimming, knocking off my goggles then my visor in T1, dropping my chain and dropping my bike on the rack in T2. All part of the fun in short course racing!

 

Thanks to my Sponsors for making the journey possible!

 

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Feb 29

2015 Ironman World Championships

On the weekend I raced Ironman World Championships in Kona and successfully defended my AG title. I didn’t have the race I planned on but I was very happy to come away with the win. There was a lot of pressure on me to defend and race well and it was a great learning experience dealing with that added expectation. I am now in the middle of applying for my professional licence with the intent of racing professionally in the new year.

 

The Swim,

This years conditions were a lot flatter than last years but the tide was tough coming back into T1. I think unless you have the ability to get out the front of the pack of the swim you are always going to have a slower swim time here compared to other races.  Just due to the sheer brutality and congestion of the start even with the advantage of wearing a HUUB speed suit and the additional buoyancy of the concentrated salty waters.

Swim in 59mins

The Bike,

I knew I was going to have to ride hard to make up lost time to the better swimmers and I did just that. My plan was to ride hard and aero on my Giant Trinity and try and put some time into the field which was paying off for the first 100k as I was in the lead for the bike. But riding alone in no mans land costs a lot of energy and the group caught me so I knew I was going to have to rely on my run if I was going to defend my title. I was 5th off the bike in 4 hours and 50mins.

The Run,

luckily the move on the bike didn’t affect my run too much and I was able to run down my competition by staying cool and using my ultra light Mizuno Hitogami’s and super comfortable Compressport socks! I had the fastest run split of 2 hours and 58mins.

Total time of 8hours and 53mins.

 

I am now going to spend two weeks relaxing, recovering with my Compressport medical grade compression garments which have worked wonders already! and spending some time with my girlfriend before I get back into training again.

 

Thanks to everyone for their support and for taking the time to track me, wish me luck and congratulate me! Also thanks to my house mates and Girlfriend for putting up with my moodiness the week leading into the race! I still can’t believe I can say I am a 2xAG World Champion and the fastest Australian on the day! As always I couldn’t have done any of this without the support from them and my sponsors,

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Giant Cycles Australia

CBD Cycles

Anker Concreting

Hammer Nutrition Australia

HUUB wetsuits

Compressport

Mizuno

Leisurelink Aquatic Centre

Anthony Garnier Myotherapy

Cannibal

 

Thanks for reading,

Levi

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