After my DNS @ IM Nice in June, this was a race I wanted to do well at, an A race so to speak. Obviously the training hadn’t been regular these last 4 months with barely any swimming and running due to broken bones and other injuries, but I did manage to get on the start line with only a couple of cracked ribs to worry about, as well as a customary dodgy -but improving- Achilles. First victory.
I arrived in Japan 10 days before the race in order to acclimatise nicely. Couple days in Tokyo first, enough to catch up with my friends Nao and Mika, and also for a DJ gig at Grassroots, one of my favorite venues in Koenji. Nice to see some familiar faces there as well as a bunch of new followers. I had a ball and didn’t get to bed before 8am. Lots of rum and ginger and cigarettes too. Perfect IM prep!
A few hours later and I was on a plane to Sapporo, Hokkaido to meet my folks for a couple of nights there. Now I have to admit that one of the appeals of this ironman race was the fact that it gave me a good excuse to go to Sapporo, home town of the legendary Precious Hall club. One of the only clubs where David Mancuso would come back to play time and time again, with a state of the art sound system (Klipschorns and Mark Levinsons galore) and attention to details only to be found in Japan. We went there for long time resident Keiji’s Melting Pot Sunday party. Satoru the owner (whom i met through Nao at the Loft in NYC some 10 years previously) gave me a private tour, and I danced all night with my folks to the sounds of classics that sounded like heaven. Absolutely priceless moments, enough to make the trip to Japan worthwhile. Got nicely drunk on sake too, IM prep continuing! (…)