What is up east-coastin, crab eatin, hot & humidin, pancake flattin, Crazy Ass Fans!
In case you haven’t been following the TwInstaBooks recently, I’m posting a quick update to let you all know I’m racing Eagleman 70.3 on Sunday. Here are some details that only the craziest ass of you will think are important.
What: Eagleman 70.3 (a Half Ironman)
Where: Cambridge, MD
When: 6:45am East Coast, this Sunday, June 8th.
How to Follow: Since I’m traveling alone, you’re best bet is to follow IronmanLive on Twitter – @Ironmanlive, or do a search for #IM703Eagleman. You can also follow Leon Griffin’s race updates – @LGRacingTRi. It’s possible that updates will be on the IronmanLive website as well.
Why: Mostly, because I need points. I’ve only heard great things about Eagleman and it’s history, but the course isn’t my typical style – it’s very flat and fast and likely hot and humid. Normally, I’d race Boise, which is a lot closer and more my terrain/style. But Eagleman is a rare 750 point race for 70.3 Worlds qualifying (vs 500 for Boise), so Matt and I decided to give it a go.
Who: Because of the increased points, Eagleman usually attracts a solid field. The latest list I saw included the following guys, most of whom you’ll probably recognize:
Bevan Docherty – Olympic medalist, multiple 70.3 & Ironman champion,
Tim O’Donnel – Multiple 70.3 & Ironman champ, top US Kona finisher last year (5th)
Andrew Starykowicz – Fast US Ironman ever (7:55) & crazy biker (half & Ironman bike records).
Leon Griffin – World Duathlon champ & 70.3 Champ
A slew of other top guys who have won numerous races at the pro level including Eric Limkemann, Andrew Yoder, and Viktor Simyetsev, I’m sure I didn’t spell that right. I think there are about 30 or 40 guys total in the pro field, so it will be a very competitive race.
How I feel: The craziest ass of you know I’ve never done Eagleman before, so I don’t really know what to expect. I tend to go into races with my head down and not confident, and I’m feeling pretty much that way as usual. I’m coming off of a crazy few weeks since Wildflower that hasn’t exactly been consistent half ironman training – I took a small spill on my mountain bike and had to miss a couple of weeks of swimming (I’m now officially banned from the MTB by Matt), did an absolutely nuts High Performance Camp with Red Bull (blog and VIDEO coming soon from Red Bull), and somehow magically got serious poison oak in LA – all of which derailed my plans a bit in their own special way. But, I think my swim is squeaking back, I’ve had some great bike workouts, and while I’m still gradually building and not at my best running form, my workouts there have is come along decently as well.
— Jesse Thomas (@jessemthomas) June 6, 2014
My Goals: I don’t like to put specific time and place goals on myself as I can only control the things I can control, particularly in an environment I’ve never raced in before. So as lame as it sounds, I’d like to swim, bike and run hard and see what happens. Booyah! Most importantly I’d like to get as many points as possible, so every place will count. Big picture, this is the first step in a 3 step process that includes Mt. Tremblent 70.3 on June 22nd, and Vinemen 70.3 on July 13th. I’m hoping that good results in those three races will be enough to sneak me into 70.3 Worlds in September. If not, I’ll have to race again, which could fry me a little more than desired before Worlds. We’ll see what happens.
That’s it, folks. If any of you are at the race this weekend, please come by and say hi! Have a good one out there, and I’ll check in with you later.