I was really looking forward to racing again after almost a 2 month gap between my last race at Ironman South American Champs in Brazil.
I didn’t have much of a taper going into this race, I used it more of a prep race than anything else for my build up to the World Champs in Hawaii in October. My final week leading into the race was going well and I was feeling pretty good with how my body was adapting to the load over the past few weeks. On the last day before the race I always get out there and do a short tune up to fire my muscles for race day. I’m not sure what happened in my last final 15min jog after my bike ride, but I got the most excruciating pain running down the front of my shin. I went into CODE RED mode as I knew if I get this pain on race day on my run it would not be very comfortable at all and I was up against some really good runners.
Thank goodness I came prepared and did a bit of massage, strapping, ice, compression and elevation. DONE!!!
It was race day….
Race started at 7am, so I managed to have a little bit of an extra late start to most other races that start at 6:30am.
The swim went well, it was a non wetsuit swim which was great to get used to what I will be using at Kona in a few months time. I had an awesome start and settled into the main group quickly. I exited the water with the lead pack but somewhere in transition I was left behind trying once again to get onto the front pack of riders.
On the bike I could see the group up ahead but was never able to close the gap after pushing quite a strong effort. I settled in a group with Matt Hanson and one other guy and we rode pretty hard, but still not able to close the gap up front. I just remember thinking, I have to deal with what I’ve got at this point in time and wait till the run. I took a few spots and by the end of the bike I was lying in 7th place up from 12th.
I started my run feeling really strong and settled into my pace very quickly. My running has really improved this year, and this was another chance I could throw down a fast half marathon in preparation for Kona. I was running around the 3:35 per km mark avg and felt pretty good that the legs were ticking over this good. I made up a few positions on the run and kept on fighting to try move up to the podium, I gave everything I had to keep that pace but unfortunately I had to settle for 5th position as I had nothing left in the tank with 1km to go.
All in, I was very happy with my 5th place, and a great hit out before Kona on the 14th October. I’ve been training well for the last 8 weeks, and have another tune up race at Santa Cruz 70.3 on the 10th of September.