As you might have seen in the last few hours (on twitter), I have decided to take the opportunity to race 2013 and beyond in the pro field. What does this change? (besides tons of free stuff and massive contracts….<—that was a joke). It changes two things. My breakfast time and my start time. Thats it. It doesn’t change the way I’ll “race” an IM. I am an 8:55 IM guy, on a perfect weather day on a fast course. I am simply not fast enough (yet) to try and “race” with the real pro’s.
I have seen this many times since I started tri’s in 2003. Athletes get their pro card in the mail and they think they are all of a sudden 30 mins faster, or can ride 20watts higher, usually their last good race was the race they qualified to get their pro card in the first place.
I will spend the next few years getting dropped as soon as the gun goes off and then it will be a solo day to the finish, and I am 100% okay with that. Like I said above, on a perfect day, I was 30 mins off being even sort of competitive. To pick up 30 minutes will take massive daily dedication to training, recovery, and diet. When you don’t have an talented bone in your body, things take longer. You need to live better then everyone else. You need to train smarter, recover better, and eat better just to have a shot at doing well.
So it will be a fun change, but more then anything things will be the same.