Yesterday I raced the World Championship Series Grand Final on the Gold Coast in Australia. The weather here has been awesome all week, 25 and sunny everyday, and yesterday was no exception. Perfect weather for racing.
I had a great start and was able to get some clean water out to the first turn. It was pretty rough rounding the buoys with so many guys bunched together. The second lap was a lot less rough and I was able to swim pretty well, exiting the water only 10 seconds behind the leader.
A group of about 30 guys formed almost immediately on the bike. Another group of about 20 guys caught us at about half way. There were a bunch of different attacks throughout the ride with 2 small breakaways getting away late in the bike. The first group got about a minute and the second group, with Paul Tichelaar, got about 40 seconds. I was well positioned throughout the ride, staying near the front of the group and out of trouble. It was a bit chaotic entering transition with so many guys trying to get to the front.
I was able to get out well and felt pretty good running. Everyone started insanely fast! I tried to be conservative for the first lap thinking guys would blow up. I felt better each lap, picking up a few guys, but there were no real explosions like I anticipated. I felt like I was moving well, there were just so many other guys running well too.
I crossed the finish line in 25th place. Not the result I was looking for but I can’t be too disappointed. I’ve spent the last 3 years working really hard on my swimming and I’m very pleased with where it’s at. I’ve been a front pack swimmer basically the entire year. I feel like I am finally in a position where I can focus on my running now, something I’ve wanted to do for a while. I’m really looking forward to taking my running to the next level!