The first race of the season has now come and gone. I raced the Ishigaki World Cup this past weekend and my preparation going in went very well so I had high expectations. In the end I placed 9th which wasn’t the result I was hoping for but it was a good start to the season nonetheless.
I was fairly relaxed going in to the race. I was more excited than anything to get the season underway. I had a good swim and exited the water in the top 15. It was probably one of my best World Cup swims, however a group of 6 had a gap of about 25 seconds on the rest of the field. I had a quick transition and started pushing right away to try and bridge the gap to the lead group. I worked with 3 or 4 other guys at the front for the first couple laps but we never really got organized. No one seemed to want to work together. Our group slowly grew to over 20 guys but still no one wanted to do anything. The gap continued to grow and by the end of 40km it was a whopping 3 and a half minutes. It was pretty clear at that point that we were racing for 7th place, which was obviously disappointing, but there was still some money and points up for grabs. I had another quick transition and got out onto the run in very good position. I felt strong running and overall I was pretty happy with it.
I am now in Tongyeong, Korea for the first ever World Championship Series race. I am very excited for this event. Should be lots of fun this weekend!