We caught up with Joe on the run up to Barcelona........
September 29, 2014
We are mega excited to be a part of Joe's support crew for IM Barcelona this weekend. He is in with a real good chance of becoming the second Brit in as many weeks to win and Ironman race in Europe with Tim Don taking IM Mallorca at the weekend. Here is what Joe has to say:
Have you recovered from Weymouth? Yes I would say so, my training has been going very well the last 2 weeks since Weymouth, much better then what I had expected and I'm hitting some of my best number so I would say I am recovered.
Have you took it Easy? I wouldn't say I've taken it easy as I've done a few hard sessions but I haven't done quite as much volume as I would normally do. I've been doing around 22-23 hours so around 10% less.
What are your goals for Barcelona? My primary goal is to win the race, and secondly I would like to get a fast time, Ideally under 8 hours 10!
You’ve done this course before, whats your advice for people doing it for the first time? It's a very flat course which does make it fast but also as there's no let up with descents if you go to hard at the start of the bike it will hit you later on and could come back to bite you. Also make sure you get enough nutrition in on the bike Ideally solids and enjoy it. You will go much faster if you're having fun! Also, everyone goes through a bad patch in an Ironman so expect to feel one and don't worry it will pass!
Whats your pre-race routine? I will normally wake up around 2 hours 30 before the race, have a big bowel of porridge and a slice of toast and then sip on energy drink and have a caffiene gel or an energy bar before he start, sometimes I'll have both and I'll try and get in the water 15 minutes before hand if possible to do a warm up.
What are you plans for the off season? Will you hang up the bike for a while? I'll definitely have at least two weeks doing pretty much nothing and then 2 weeks just doing easy social stuff with no hard sessions and I'll look to start structured training by early/middle November.
What’s been the key to your success this year? Knowing what training works for me and just training really hard and consistently!
Who is in your team? I coach myself although I do speak to Paul Savage for advice and he helps me structure the training into a week and is someone I talk to for advice and help. Ollie Mathews has been helping me with a nutrition plan for the last 5 weeks and the gains have been massive already so looking forward to winter of following a nutrition plan. And also my training partners who join me for my tough sessions Lee Cook and Jay Lingwood have been really helpful and it makes such a difference having people join you in the toughest sessions. Also my girlfriend Laura is encouraging and it helps having someone to talk to about things and she's always coming to the races to support me. One final person is probably Lucy Gossage who always gives me support and confidence booster which make a big difference!
Plans for next year? It would be good to race Kona as a pro but it would depend on sponsors.
We are really excited to see Joe in action this weekend. We will literally be chasing him around the course and posting updates so keep an eye on our twitter feed @raceforceltd
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