Hits Naples Race Report
After Ironman Cozumel I was mentally tired, I tapered 2 weeks for Cozumel, did not finish the race and didn’t do anything for a week. I decided to do the full in Naples just to kind of get my confidence back. I trained for 2 weeks, I did two 17 hours training week and tapered again.
The day started at 4am as always for me on race day. I had my usual 1/4 cup of sweet potatoes, Kerry gold butter and 3 pasture raised eggs (vital farms). The night before the usual 9oz sirloin steak, veggies half a sweet potato and a great amount of butter.
Swim: At the beginning of the race the fog was really strong, so strong that we could not see all the buoys on the swim course. The first loop, I could barely see, second loop got a lot better. I did not want to push, I swam a comfortable pace and most of the time I was even doing bilateral breathing, so I was really relaxed.
Nutrition for the swim: 45 min before Vespa, and a Vespa Jr on T1.
Swim gear: Roka maverick Elite wetsuit, Roka X1 goggles.
Bike: I left T1 in second place (I thought I was 3rd), as soon as I left I put a good pace on, it was humid and foggy, so I knew the heat would pick up later as we say in Portuguese “Neblina baixa sol que racha” that means when the fog comes out the sun comes crashing. For the first 35 miles the fog was dense, after awhile the sun started to come strong and the wind picked up quite a bit. When I arrived at the turn around (mile 50) I realized I was in first place. My goal remained the same, keep the pressure on, since I didn’t do a lot of long runs I wanted to open as much as possible on the bike. The wind was everywhere. Honestly felt like we had no break, the weather channel called to 17 to 20 mph and 85 degrees maximum temperature. On mile 80 my quads started to almost cramp up so I took an extra set of salt pills (I always keep on extra set). At the 90miles mark my toes started to hurt bad from the cycling shoes, never happened before, maybe shoes were old, have no idea but my 2 big toes are totally black now. I managed the pain and kept going.
Nutrition during the bike: 3 cliff gels, 2 drip drop, 5 nuuns, 16 S! Caps (Salt caps), 8 baking soda pills 3 Vespas, 1 sugar free red bull, 1 spoon of coconut oil and 1 Vespa Jr on T2.
Bike gear: Williams wheels 80, Sidi T2 shoes, Cervelo P3, ISM seat, Profile Design Water bottle, 3T aero bars.
Run: As I arrived from the bike I noticed it was really hot. I put my socks on, drank my red bull (another one sugar free of course), got my Vespa JR and off I went. The first 3 miles I was adjusting the pace, legs were feeling great, but it was windy and hot, so in the last water station I started to put ice in my hat, and in my shorts. All I kept thinking was, “I know I won’t hit the wall (when you are a fat burner you don’t hit the wall) just keep your core temperature low”. That ‘s what I did, I grabbed ice in every station. I kept taking the salt pills and I used the little bottle of Real Salt that my athlete Juli gave me, it’s just pink Himalayan sea salt. It’s funny cause some sports company sells this salt clamming that is special but it’s pure Himalayan sea salt which is full of other minerals. On the second, third and fourth loop I took an Advil. The 3rd and 4th lap temperature got a little lower, and the run felt a lot better. I must say, break the ribbon in first place felt really good.
Running nutrition: 2 Vespas, 3 small cups of coke, 2 small cups of sprite, real salt, 8 S!caps, 4 baking soda pills and water. Didn’t even take my Red Bull on special needs.
Running gear: Newton Distance III, compressport running socks, I raced with customized RW Training uniform from Championship system.
I love doing this race, for me just feels like an overall clean race. From the people that did the full distance I can say that it was no drafting, race was super clean (completely different from Ironman Cozumel) . I felt pretty good the entire time on the race, got my confidence back for the rest of the season, which this year will be a bit different since there is a baby coming in July.