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We spent a full day with McCauley who lives outside of Boise, Idaho but used The Woodlands, Texas as her final training camp to prepare for the heat and humidity in Kona.
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We met McCauley, coach Bevan McKinnon and training partner Hannah Wells, a pro from New Zealand with a few half-distance wins to her name, bright and early at 7:30AM at VillaSport Athletic Club.
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According to McKinnon, McCauley and Wells had what he termed an 'Aerobic Day' in advance of a race simulation the following day.
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After a long warm up, McCauley's main set included 6x250's max effort with ample rest in between each interval.
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McCauley swam 4000 yards wearing the newly released FORM swim goggle which reads split times, distance, pace per 100 and other metrics delivered right into the field of vision.
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A speedy transition from pool to showers and onto their commuter bikes back to their homestay's house a short ride away.
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Breakfast and a Skype video call with her young daughter and husband back home in Boise before continuing on with her training.
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McCauley puts final touches on her Quintana Roo PRSix. One interesting equipment choice is her MORF Tech bar set-up. Late founder, Frank Springett, was a good friend and McCauley dedicated her win at IRONMAN New Zealand to him following his tragic death.
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McKinnon and Wells joined McCauley for an easy three hour ride with a few race pace intervals mixed in to keep sharp.
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Though she ran collegiately at BYU her bike has been a weapon. At IRONMAN Texas in April she was able to shadow Ryf for the duration of the bike.
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McCauley and McKinnon have spent considerable time refining her bike position this season and it shows. We rarely saw her leave the aerobars throughout their ride.
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Wells suffered a double flat which slowed them down on the ride back into town but a quick wardrobe change had the two right into a 45 minute low effort brick run.
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McCauley has two sub-3 hour closing marathons to her name this season, 2:59's at both IRONMAN New Zealand and again at IRONMAN Texas.
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In speaking to McKinnon earlier in the day, both athlete and coach think a top five overall placement in Kona is possible and hope that might be enough to earn top American honors.
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One final big day awaits McCauley and Wells in Texas' heat and humidity before packing up for Kona.
You can follow Jocelyn McCauley on Instagram at @jocelynmccauley