Friday, November 8, 2013

70.3 Taiwan

Just days after returning from America, Kate and I flew our wary bodies off to 70.3 Taiwan.

Race morning we awoke to the sound of pouring rain and I knew there wasn't going to be a swim.
The surf and conditions made it to dangerous for most. I was of course gutted as with conditions like that and years of surf swimming under my belt, I knew I would have had a great swim.
I thought if we had a swim I might have a shot at the win. However it was time to change my mindset and get prepared for a duathlon.

I got off the bus to transition in my wetsuit because it was raining "cats and dogs"
Set my stuff up and got ready for the first run of the day. 3k up hill and then 3k back down. My quads won't recover for a few days. The good news I held on for the first run and came into T1 with a lead group of about 10 and then out onto the bike course I was happy to find I packed my biking legs. We had to take it very slow through some of the corners or I'd be picking gravel out of my arms for weeks.

I rode hard and hit T2 first with just Freddie Croneborg still attached. We had put some serious time into the chasers. Freddie ran past me early on and I was in the hurt locker, the humidity isn't something I'm use to racing in.
I locked in a steady pace and hit every aid station like I hadn't eaten or drank for a week.
The result: second place and a happy guy called Guy (see what I did there)
I'm super excited for Ironman WA in a months time, I'm in a physically and mentally good space!

Thanks for the support, Until my next episode.