Kyle Jones

Professional Triathlete & Canadian Olympian

Sydney Report

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I don’t think I’ve ever been more prepared to start a season, or any race for that matter, than I was going into the first round of the ITU World Championship Series in Sydney, Australia this past weekend. Thanks to excellent coaching from Paulo and all the on-ground support from Phil, my training over the past few months had gone very well in all 3 disciplines. I felt confident and ready to open the season with a great performance.

I started the day with a solid swim, exiting the water well within the front pack, and in good position heading out on to the bike. There were a few attacks and accelerations out of corners but for the most part I was able to sit comfortably in the front group for the duration of the bike. Coming into transition I made a tactical error of being too far back in the group. To make matters worse, Jan Frodeno and Daniel Unger crashed on the roundabout just before transition and I was forced to slam on the brakes and unclip to avoid hitting them. I was able to get back up to speed fairly quickly, although at that point I was at the back of the group. Lesson learned! I had a quick transition and headed out onto the run. I felt really good running up the first hill and was able to close most of the gap to the leaders. I settled into a good rhythm and felt strong running down the hill back towards transition. Then, just before the end of lap 1 I felt a pain in the right side of my abdomen that gradually got tighter. I ran another lap trying to relax but it kept getting worse. By the end of the second lap I really started to struggle and eventually called it a day on the third lap.

So, things didn’t quite go as planned. I’m obviously frustrated but I’ve trained very hard, consistently, and without injury for a long time now. It’s frustrating not being able to show my level of fitness, especially on the run, but I’m not worried. This is simply a small hurdle and I am confident I can overcome it and get the results I know I’m capable of.

I met with my doctor when I got back and we’re committed to finding a solution. I’ve experienced these “cramps” on and off for a while now, always assuming they were muscular cramps and attributing them to nutrition and hydration. But with further investigation and a thorough physical exam I’m finding out now that may not be the case. It will take some time before we get some answers but I’m looking forward to getting to the bottom of this.


Author: Kyle Jones

Professional Triathlete 2012 Olympian 3x Canadian National Champion

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