I wanted to drop the team at HOKA a note and just let you know how my Hoka's went during Ironman NZ 2018 as it was my first race using them. I was really impressed!I've been running for a few years. I've completed a couple of marathons, a bunch of half marathons, and heaps of 'round the bays' type races. I'm not a light guy, I weight 100kgs and that means I get a bit more shock to my legs than lighter runners. I've tried lots of shoes over the years - they have all been fine and I thought that was just what shoes were like. Not much difference in them all.12 months before IMNZ 2018 I suffered a bulged disc in my back. This resulted in me having a totally numb right leg and no strength. This in turn meant no training for several months and when I was allowed to train again, it was no running. It took a long time before I was allowed to head back to running. Clark Ellice is my coach, and he was putting together my plans and also mentioned that HOKA, with the extra cushioning might be worth having a look at. I got a pair and I've been surprised by how they've been for me. The thing I notice the most is that after a long run I don't have sore lower legs like I normally get. I'm not sure exactly why that is but it was a blessing for training and preparing for IMNZ - as there is enough fatigue going on without the extra from running impact.IMNZ went really well for me on the day. I was hoping to go between 13:30-14:30 hours. I ended up doing 13:06! So I'm really happy with that. All my gear went well on the day, nutrition was excellent etc. The run was always going to be a battle - I think it is for everyone. I headed out onto the run and my thighs hurt already. I passed my family heading out for the first lap and said to them "This is the hardest *bleep* thing ever!"- and that was before I had even really started the run. With 40kms in front of me at that point I thought "This isn't going to be pretty, I'm going to get even sorer before the day is out, but it didn't really work out that way. My thighs hurt the whole run - I might have overdone it on the bike. But as I ran, I didn't hurt more. There are a lot of things you think about while racing triathlons. In the run laps I tend to think a lot about my feet and trying to manage blisters etc. My feet felt good all day.. .well as good as you do when you are competing in an Ironman haha. I didn't have to think about my feet all day. My shoes were light and smooth all day. I didn't have any black toe nails as is common for marathons. I had the best day I could expect in my shoes - thank you HOKA One One.Recovery is where you really find out how your body went. The two days after the race I hurt in many places. My thighs were the worse - getting in and out of cars or the dinner table was a mission. But my feet were fine. They weren't sore immediately after the race or in the days following. Again, thank you HOKA for the light and smooth ride.
We chatted to Caitlin about how they make their relationship work around their heavy training loads and transient race schedules.