Oceanside 70.3 Race Report: Make Your Own Luck
by Jason Weilert
The 2014 Ironman 70.3 in Oceanside was targeted as my first Half Ironman a long time ago, I don’t remember exactly but it was at least 9 months. Once I finished the Santa Barbara Long Course in August I began to focus my thoughts on this race. This was going to be my first shot at a HIM and I really wanted to do well. None of this, "I just want to finish crap". I wanted to race and perform at Oceanside. In order to do this I knew I needed to make a big change to my training, one that would require me to not skip Strength Training anymore. I had learned to be okay with red boxes in Training Peaks for strength workouts, but I had come to learn, from experience, that late in the race I would need the strength to fight off fatigue, cramps and general doubt. So I committed myself to two strength sessions a week from August to March. I immediately felt the difference as I was stronger in all my races during the winter and had the strength to finish races, something I lacked in 2013.
Leading up to Oceanside I had very strong workouts in my final bricks. I was doing excellent on the bike and then just hammering it on the runs. I felt so strong and my confidence was sky high. Because of this I was not nervous at all or experiencing any of the common pre-race freak outs. I was calm and confident that I not only earned my place at the starting line but I was there to show off my months of hard work. There are no secrets in this sport, if you want to race well you need to train and train hard. In addition to all the hard work leading up to the race I put together, along with the help of my coach, a race plan detailing everything starting with my day before the race, including meals and amount of sleep, all the way through to crossing the finish line. I printed out this report and took it with me, reading it over before dinner Friday night, before I went to bed Friday night and once more while eating breakfast on race morning.