This past weekend I raced the much anticipated Hy-Vee Elite Cup in Des Moines, Iowa. I flew straight from Madrid and arrived in Des Moines on Monday. With plenty of time to get acclimated I felt more rested and sharper as the week progressed. Before I knew it, it was Sunday, time to race again.
The horn blasted and we were on our way. The first two hundred metres were a bit rough but I was able to find an opening where I could swim comfortably. I was in good position at the end of the first lap and was able to maintain it on the second, emerging from the water in the top 20.
The bike was pretty cruisey. It’s a flat course with a long out and back section. Within a few laps we had a group of at least 50 guys. There were some technical sections coming through transition each lap so I stayed near the front to avoid any crashes. My legs felt good on the bike so I tried to stay as loose as possible to get ready for the run.
The run went out hard. I tried to stay relaxed on the first lap and build into it while trying to keep contact with the front group. Tim Don (eventual winner, from Great Britain) was off the front but there was a group of 10 that formed just behind him. I was about 10 seconds behind that group for the majority of the run but just couldn’t close the gap. I faded a bit on the last lap but was able to maintain my position and crossed the line in 13th place.
I’m pleased with the result. With everything that’s gone on over the past month it’s nice to get out there and perform at a big race. I’m back in Victoria now for a few weeks of training and then I’m off to Europe again for races in Hamburg and London.