The seed.

I had now the time to reflect a little bit on the past 10 years of triathlon. It was a lot of training and dedication to get to this level of the Long Distance Format in the sport. For me, personally it never felt like a sacrifice. But if i take myself out of the bubble, for the close ones around me, it surely was a time where they had to make a lot of sacrifices.

My wife, my dad, my brother, my in laws, they have always supported me unconditionally. That is why i feel now is the time to step down from the Long Distance Format and the incredible training hours it requires on a weekly basis. I feel if i would continue then their unwavering support could turn into the exact opposite and i don’t want to do that. Besides, i have reached the highest highs in the Long Distance Game in Kona, and with outstanding performances worldwide over the past couple of years, capped off in 2020 with burners in IMNZ 8:41.00 in March before Covid, Slovakman 8.19.00 in August, and Austria Podersdorf LD triathlon in 8.08.00 in September.

I had the privilege to choose the moment i step down at my very best. And i am very thankful and grateful for that. I have left an extreme brutal sport, if done wrong, unscathed, in fact i am faster at 46 than i was when i started the sport at 35. my body feels and looks great due to consistent vegetarian nutrition, good sleep, meditation, pliability, balance and core training. I was lucky enough to have met Lubos Bilek 9 years ago and he has been my coach ever since. Lubos is the exact opposite of me and that is why we get along so well. He has an individual approach to each athlete and believe in the organic growth of basic endurance training fundamentals over a span of several years. He is not a ” Dictator ” coach that burns out athletes through the cookie cutter. He is very calm, collected and takes a highly scientific road that leads almost certainly to success, if you take a look at the athletes he has formed: Sebi Kienle, Ricarda Lisk, Svenja Bazlen, Andi Boecherer in the past, and now the new guns from Czech Republic Tomas Renc and Lukas Kocar, plus Pieter Heemeryck and world class Routinier Ruedi Wild. That speaks for itself.

Especially for this 2020 run of events, the seed was planted same day about 2 minutes after i finished the Kona race 2019, where i finished 9.00.00 on a hard day, 3rd in my AG, with the fastest marathon of all AG. I was not happy with the performance, especially on the swim, where i could not train for 10 weeks in the summer due to broken metacarpal due to my stupidity. i swam with 1 arm basically and i came out the water way late. also my bike power was missing. Surely, you have to take what you are dealt but i felt inside me that this was not my best performance. So i decided to up the ante and go into more details and i did that on a daily basis and that translated into much deeper performance, which was really satisfying for me. Back in March, just before COVID dropped on the world, i competed in IMNZ. very cool hard race with rough road surfaces and a very hilly run and i felt already very good there. COVID required all of us, i mean all of us, to modify our lives and in my particular case the training as well. I did not stop or quit or moan. long Zwift rides, indoor parking garage 30k runs, main living room workouts, dry swim sessions was the norm as we had very hard lockdown in Dubai for about a month, but my wife and i we had a good time and enjoyed it.

When lock down was over, the more specific prep started and the heat of May and June in Dubai is always a treat and makes you really fit. Training at 40c plus is great for your efficiency, when done right. so i got into really good shape.

Now a small other problem started: all the races i had planned got cancelled so i had to come up with alternatives. Since March i was actually thinking that with a pandemic there is no shot in hell that a US based company like IM is going ahead with races, same with Challenge. So i had to look at races which were great, but at the same time not held in urban areas, more like rural places. Slovakman and Podersdorf Long Distance fit that bill. These are established races, 17 and 33 years running in basically villages, so the probability of getting government approval is much higher if the protection concept is in place, which it was for both cases. So that gave me peace of mind and i could really pinpoint prepare for both races in my usual solitude and quietness. no comments. no tam tam. just train really really hard.

My wife was very supportive, my dad also in letting me prepare as i needed to be in peak form. I left for Switzerland and stay in my house in Pfaeffikon SZ on Lake Zuerich. it is a great location, as you have all the Alp passes in close proximity, 50m pools, great gyms, flat riding as well, great trails, good physio. i trained a lot with my friend Ruedi Wild, a world class triathlete who lives in the next village. We gave each other the beans lets say.

Commuting by air to the races was out, so i went by car which was easy and free flowing through Austria. Pietstany the location of Slovakman, is on a river, and relatively flat but always very windy. tough bike course and even tougher run course. i managed the race very well, was attentive at all times, and made the right decisions. I fought it out to the end with Tomas Renc, who pipped me just by a bit. But what is more important here is the fact that the race was properly organized with the right protection concept. And you can see that that was possible in these times. Plus this was the first race i ran with the Nike Alphaflys and they just rocked. so good.

i came back from the race and straight did a COVID test so that i knew i was not bringing anything home as my dad is in the high risk group. but regarding this COVID, i am always very responsible and forego any gatherings, handshakes, social going out and stuff. i think we as a society we are blessed with liberty and FOSpeech since 1789, we have been blessed with unstopped material wealth since the end of WW2, i think we have to be grateful and appreciative for these things and now during this time we should make sacrifices and take 2nd row in our individual needs.

Then as a surprise my wife visited me in Vienna and we spent a week there. Fucking amazing. I took no days off and trained again the day after Slovakman, albeit easy.

Once back in Swizzy, another block in August was up and i put it down very easily and my body felt great. no grain on the muscles really smooth.

Then Podersdorf came and i drove again straight through Austria close to the Hungarian border where the Lake Neusiedl and Podersdorf is. Very quaint little village, nothing going on really, great nature protection area. The Austria Triathlon organizer has had a very good protection concept by not allowing even spectators from the ouside. the finish area was sealed off. Podersdorf is a very flat swim, the lake is about 1.50m deep, which is surreal when you stand on your feet 2km from the shore. but very nice and clean water. we had a single TT start and i swan really well and come out near the front, which set me up well for the bike. which was very wind that day. it is even more exposed than Piestany as there are no woods there to keep the wind away. i had a very good day on the bike, as aerodynamics is very important on that course. i had 4.19.00 bike split on my trusted Cervelo P5, a very sleek bike that has been with me for a lot of great wins. the run as well was very windy on the way out, 4 loop course through the fields and vineyards. flat as well. i had a 2.49.00 marathon, same than in Piestany in the Alphaflys, a shoe made for Ironman since you feel less fatigue in the legs due to the mega cushioning. I just ran and did not think much as usual, just staying in the moment. When i got to the finish and i saw the time i was really happy for like 2 minutes. and then i forgot about it as usual.

Now Ironman racing is done. What is next for me? triathlon is part of my life, can’t be without it. I really like Ironman distance, but my love in triathlon belongs to 70.3 and Olympic non drafting distance racing, as it is purely about the athletic aspect. That is what i will do racingwise. I have some races in mind, so lets see what comes out of that.

also i feel like i have amassed a lot of knowledge in triathlon over the past 10 years and i would like to share that with the community. Instagram is a good tool for that find. moreover, i am putting together a way of helping advise people in triathlon, but not through traditional coaching, that is something i defo will not do. i shall keep you posted.

all in all i am very happy and proud and thankful to those that support me. Without you i would not have made it.

Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.

Yours Sincerely

Olivier Jean-Nicolas Godart

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Yo. Still. There. Not gone.

Got reminded this morning by my wife that my blog still exists. Thats great i told her. She is right. What many blessings we do have.

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Yo, olivetreesports.com blog is still here.

I haven’t used the blog in quite a while. Which is a shame. But i will get back to that more in the future again. Earmark and follow it for more interesting content. Peace.

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Maturity

yo, it s been quite a while since i have blogged. to be honest, i kind of missed it. But i am very tied up with developing a new triathlon series for the region, TriStar, co-owned by Fabian Cancellara, being with my family and of course lots of training. TriStar is in fact not new, but a relaunched series. I think its bike centric format with short swim and run legs really is well suited for the region because cycling is so popular on one hand, and on the other hand it is an easier format to get into for novices. Supersports, which i am partner in, is operating the event, which launches in the UAE on 23.3.2018 and you can register now on http://www.premieronline.com

The bike course TriStar is amazing and the triathletes will also be delighted by the host venue, the well known and award winning Le Meridien al Aqah Beach resort.

We look forward to see you there on March 23rd! 🙂

I have changed a couple of things in my life. At almost 43 years old, i have realized that it is not beneficial for me to always behave like a caged animal. So far, i have lived my whole life pretty much having that attitude. Basically since i can remember.  The reasons that turned me into taking on that character trait, are not for public consumption.

But lately i have realized that it hurts the closest people around me that i behave like an animal. That’s when i realized i had to change something. With this behavior, outside of my family, nobody really wants to interact with you because, maybe they don’t know you well and it is not really conducive.

Now, i enjoy behaving like a human being for the first time in my life. I only am an animal when it is required from me: in a triathlon competition. The rest of the time i enjoy displaying normal human behavior. It feels really good and i feel liberated for the first time in my life.

I have not changed because i am now also a partner in SuperSports and i need to promote, market events. No, i have changed because my behavior has become unbearable to myself and my surroundings. It is a maturing of character really.

It gives me new inspiration to live more wholesome, new zest in sports and business and i have reinvented myself again in order to be able to grow mentally further and progress.

I don’t bite. You can talk to me and i will talk to you.

Peace out and enjoy your training

no more mass murderer A.K.A’s, just my name, Oli

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Bintan Burner

yo, Whats hattnin? Hope all is well. I already gave a bit of an inside on how the race went but i think a full fledged blog entry is better suited to describe the race.

Bintan is my last prep race for Hawaii due to its realistic weather conditions simulation and undulating bike course, both of which i face very similar in Kona in ca. 1.5 months time.

Bintan is very close to Singapore and actually just a short ferry ride away. Very convenient but remote at the same time. Beautiful little island with a population that overwhelmingly works in tourism that is the main breadwinner for the island. The local population is very welcoming, hospitable and can cook up a storm. Food is absolutely delish. I love indonesian food.

the trip over from Dubai is a short one. Just one flight to Singapore and bum to the ferry which brings you basically straight to the hotel. I stayed in the Sanchaya, which was very classy but reasonable with a high service standard. plus it was located only 400m from the transition so you gotta love that.

The Sanchaya and its staff made me feel totally at ease and that helped me focus on the race. The race was scheduled for Sunday, which is a rest day for most islanders so therefore the roads were quite empty. Overall the road quality for such a little island was very good.

The race itself had ca. 10 male and 10 female pros of good quality. Total field was 1500 participants and as usual in Asia most of them first timers.

The start was logically scheduled at sunrise to escape the tropical heat and the humidity. But there would be no hiding.

Gun went off for the first at 0600 and the 40 44 had to wait until 0624 to go off. Once off, i felt good straightaway. I swam all the way in the lead and was able to finally produce a good fast swim start. The training is paying off. I had to swim through all the women, the 35 39 and caught some of the tail 30 34, who went 12minutes ahead of me. Swimming through traffic breaks your rhythm a little bit and makes you swim detours, so i think my time does not really reflect the good pace i had. But it was the same for everyone.

The bike felt good right away and i managed to put good power out there in a smooth delivery with a compact advantageous parcel position. I rode really fast and did not spend more than 75% of my energy at any time. Riding alone and past others however does not push you mentally or gives you a marker because nobody is able to keep up and therefore you have to create your own game. But that’s ok. If I had someone with me surely i could go faster with the same amount of exertion. The bike course had a million hills and some technical parts as well. Very good bike course in my opinion as it also was safe which i was surprised by a little bit.

Got off the bike and lapped all of the field including most of the pros so that i was already in a comfortably leading position off the bike. I could have let up there right away but i want to push myself and reach new heights. So that’s what i did. At first during the first couple of minutes I did not feel so good because i mean it was really hot and especially humid. The body just can’t cool down. But then after 2 or 3k i felt ok and marched on clicking of the k’s all of them below 3:40 pace. I run on form and just let that form carry me on. I don’t really do anything or try to force the issue.

The whole weather situation felt very realistic, sticky and humid, hot as well just like Kona. I had overall the fastest run of the day 1:16:55.

In the end i ended up in 4th overall, 40sec behind Freddie Croneborg. I won my AG and overall amateur plus a new amateur course record as well.

Another race that shows to me that consistent long term planned preparation correctly executed is key for good results in races on the highest level.

Some guys from Dubai Jamie Ben and Stef were racing as well and seemed to enjoy it as well. Well done to them and to everyone who finished this tough test.

Time to focus again and prepare some more. Bomboclat. Lot of mercy.

Peter Tosh

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Challenge Prague

Yo, the tiger quickly came out of the jungle and now will disappear back into it. But before that happens, a couple of words for yesterdays race here in Prague. My yearly fixed appointment racewise has now changed from independent race to the Challenge brand for the better of the event. Well organized and heebs of spectators in the middle of Prague. Personally i also a race this event because my inlaws get to see me race and that is a special motivation for me as well to do good.

Good weather predicted and good weather we got. 30C on degrees with a good breeze once you got out of town into the open valley of the Vltava river. A valley that has been been formed by glaciers moving over the area during the last ice age. The swim is quite a tight affair lets say because you have ca. 800 competitors who want to squeeze underneath a bridge that is ca. 50 m wide. Lots of Greek roman wrestling in the beginning and i got a couple of knocks here and there, but that is part of the game. Got on the bike and immediately took off very efficiently towards the lead which I wasn’t far off. At km 60 i was in the lead group with Petr Soukup, who i thought that the both of us will fight for the overall AG crown, next to myself. And so it was the case. We stayed together on the bike put out some good power and got off the bike together and never left each other out of sight with more than 30sec.

The run in Prague is always difficult as the overall surface is very uneven to say the least plus the got a 1k cobble section in there to make Roubaix style. Both Petr and I had the best runs of the day and finished both in the top 10 overall in a good quality pro field. I finished off with a 1:18 run off the bike, next to 25:00min swim, 2:14:00 bike to give me 4:05:00 with a huuuuuuuge T1 of 4plus minutes. Naja what to do. I m happy with top10 overall and 1st in 40 44 AG. The density and quality of performance in AG’s get better every year.

My family supported me very enthusiastically and big up to them. Thanks to Superschmu Petra, my dad and Lubos Bilek for preparing me for this comp.

I feel great and thankful and look forward to my next challenges.

Peace out

Macchiavelli

 

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Dissecting Durban

yo, back in Dubizzl. Straight flight from Durban on EK with my favourite plane of them all, the 777 300 ER. So much space. Really tight plane. Durban is a cute airport, really small. I love South Africa and have a soft spot in my heart for the place. The people are very hospitable, straight forward, humble and know sports. Also the Ironman events held in SA are operated on a very high level. It is fun to race in South Africa, no matter what distance or race. Durban has revamped their 70.3 a little bit different swim in a better place, less exposed to the big waves which make Durban a rather cool surf spot as well. Last weekend also happened to be the SA open of Surfing. So cool. So tight. So fresh. So clean. I arrived on Thu and stayed at the Hilton in Durban next to the cricket stadium. Tight hotel. Durban has a good vibe about the city. It is quite tropical with a lot of Asian influence. I like it personally. The race was on Sunday so i had good time to check out all the sites. What i always like about SA is, when you check into the hotel, they got all the channels with all SuperSports content you want, so you get all the sporting events going on live and in HD. For someone who doesn’t have a tv at home that’s pretty tight. So i watched US Open Golf and followed some of the cricket as well.

The race had a consistent weather forecast with quite a bit of wind on the bike course but not so much waves on the ocean. The weather held up and we just got that. I was in the leading group in the swim, and now with these self seeding starts you really don’t get to warm up no more. So it was cold turkey bum bum from the gun and i had a good swim start. My work is paying off. Held the leading group all the way, and of the guys was sprinting away a little bit near the end, but that was okay i took over in T1. Got out of the water in just over 26:00. Still need to work on technique and rotation though. Not totally happy, but ok. Long Beach run. T1 was quite something, ca. 800m long, and it took about 3.30 for t1 to get through that. Very very long and it added up on the time in the end. The first 4K was a non overtaking zone in no aero position. Then i got lost for ca. 30 sec 1min on the bike course because the signing was not there at all, didnt know where to go. Once on the highway put the foot down so hard, took the turn at 45k in 1:02 very fast indeed. Wind helped a bit on the way out. Very hard bike course indeed total of 1100m of climbing over konaesque rollers in quite a bit of wind on the way back. Clocked 2:15:00 with getting lost a bit. On a course like that with such wind inclusive of getting lost, that’s tight riding. I am quite happy but pedaling technique over first 35k was fucking horrible. Sort of got better on the way back. Looking for improvements on the bike. Got on the run and already had an 8min lead on 2nd place. Tough to stay motivated. First 10.5k in 38 min but no real motivation to push super hard after that and then cruised a little bit home but still increased the lead to almost 13mins in the end. My stride was good consistent but could improve on some other technical elements. The Ironman IT department is not the best, they added T2 time to running time, which i find very weird. I ran in 1:20.00 for a total of 4:08.00 with monster bike course and transitions.

All in all a good race, leading from beginning to end to take overall win in 70.3 Durban which was an age group only race, which i didn’t know until i got there. But it don’t matter. A win is a win. Congrats to everyone who did this race. Met some cool South Africans as well.

Looking forward to training and improving to be better in the upcoming races. See you guys out there and enjoy it because that’s what i do.

So tight.

Peace out

James Bulger

 

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Mahatma Vader

Yo, it s been quite an intense time in the last 2 months. My usual highly dedicated, disciplined solitary training regime, which has taken me now to a different level in consistency and performance output is going well. I am really looking forward to the competitions to come. But really at the end of the day, i just want to follow day by day and be the best triathlete i can on a daily basis. The rest will take care of itself.

Also, at the same time i am very busy building my new business as being partner in Super Sports and that is super exciting. Super League Triathlon is coming along great and our team at Super Sports fully supports it.

Normally, people would be maybe get tired out of this, but i feel highly energized by all of this. It makes me happy and fulfills me.

In the meantime, i continue to mature and take things with a grain of salt, but at the same time still the same old Vader.

I will compete in Durban on the 18.6 and then 2 more 70.3 before Kona. Dubai is the place to be for training in the summer. High temps and humidity require a lot of dedication and mental toughness to get through plus it has similar effects than altitude training on you.

So, as you can see, all is where it needs to be.

peace.

Mahatma Vader

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Tri and tunes podcast

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Yo check out this podcast below is the link. New show every 2 weeks. Check this one out thanks to my man Bernie Arthur

https://m.mixcloud.com/bernieartur/tris-and-tunes-with-olivier-godart/

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full circle

yo, whats hattnin. hope all good. all is good with me, thats for sure. now there is a full circle: overall wins from sprint distance, olympic, offroad, half, and now with the overall AG win at IMSA in overall AG course record time i have put the last notch in the belt.

But there are still 2 things left to be done, on one hand be the best possible Oli that i can be in Kona and get as close to 8h mark as possible.

With the overall AG win at IMSA, i have qualified for Kona as well, and i really look forward to that. Now i feel i have the confidence to prepare, train and compete toe to toe with the best.

Honestly, i have forgotten about IMSA already. When i sat in the anti doping piss check to give the urine sample 10mins after i finished, i already thought about where i am going to train, who i am going to train with for Kona. no need to rest on past accomplishments.

Having said that, i was so happy that my wife was there and totally enjoyed seeing here being happy for me as well. Lets face it, she has to make huge sacrifices to endure the constant training and competing from my side. I dedicate this win to her as well and love her very much. I wouldn’t be anywhere without her. Her love is a huge motivation for me.

having analyzed the race, i have seen huge fuck ups from my side. I slept through the swim start, the first half of the swim was shit, the second half of the swim was good. The bike was mostly quite good, the last 10k of the bike were not so brilliant. The run was ok, but had some dark side Darth Vader moments between km 26 27 and 31 32, the last 5k of the run were pretty ok. It was pretty hot on the run, 32C with some wind. The bike was not that windy this year only in spots, but the road is so bumpy like there is no tomorrow. I thought the swell in the ocean was quite hard but hey it is a real ocean swim. We fought it out pretty hard between the Norwegian Lars Stormo and the Brazilian Cid Barcelona. We stayed together for the 180k on the bike in a fair, gentleman way. Lars and I did most of the work, Cid mostly spend time at the back, but in a fair way. That is his choice. Ryan Christian was also with us for ca. 60k in the beginning but then fell off. Off the bike, i overtook Lars straightaway and then Cid overtook me and put a gap on me but never more than 30secs. The usual slug begins and then finally at 35k i overtook him shook his hand, wished him good luck and took off. and thats that. i realized at 39k i can run under 3h, and thats why i accelerated one more time to get under the mark. which i fortunately did. crossed the finish line in a new amateur course record time in 8:48:00, which is quite an honour.

back in Dubai and back at the gym yesterday for some light training to get better and plot the next steps. i still feel like a beginner. i know fuck all.

at the awards it was great to see that TriDubai won the TriClub div 1 championship. super stuff, that. Also congrats to my man Andy Mac and Andy Edwards on their Kona slot. you guys are great. fantastic. Triathlon in Dubai is doing well. Congrats to everyone from Dubai and everywhere who finished this brutal test.

peace out.

Bumpy Johnson

 

 

 

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