Today was the first race of the ITU World Championship Series in Tongyeong, Korea. The race featured live television coverage and a pretty good prize purse, but more importantly, it was an opportunity to establish a good ranking in the series.
The swim was rough, but nothing I haven’t experienced before. It was a wetsuit swim which probably accounted for a bit more chaos than usual. Guys tend to bunch up more and it becomes one massive pack. In the end it wasn’t a great swim for me but I was still in good position heading out onto the bike.
The bike was fairly uneventful. We had a very large group of over 50 athletes. There were 2 different breakaways that rolled off the front…a group of 2 that managed to get a 1min advantage and another group of 2 that got about 40 seconds. I came into transition mid-pack and was able to get out pretty quick, but there was already a lead group about 10 seconds up ahead.
The first km of the run was quite fast and I struggled to find a rhythm. Last weekend in Ishigaki I felt relaxed and in control, but today I felt very tense. I made a move early on in an effort to bridge the gap to the front group. I came within striking distance but never caught on. Laps 2 and 3 were pretty rough. I just never felt comfortable. I was able to pick it up a bit on the final lap and eventually finished in 19th place.
I’m obviously diaspointed with the result. I felt like I was capable of much more than that. It’s not a bad start to the series but I will definitely be looking for a lot more than that in Washington. Looking forward to getting home and putting in a solid block of training!