Kinloch Race Rundown!
So the first race of the season is always a tester; it lets me see where I’m at. I was expecting another hard work out and that’s exactly what it was. I think it was a near perfect race in terms of what I wanted to achieve, so it was an awesome start to the season!
Swim was as usual, coming out in the lead! When heading out on the bike we had a little break away, but it felt like I was in a bit of no man’s land as the bunch was chasing. Luckily Tom Davison broke away from his bunch and chased me down. Tom and I then worked together, but not for long as he pulled away from me going solo by himself! So after the bike it was Tom leading by a minute then myself, Ryan Sissons, and Aussie Brendon Sexton. We were a lot stronger than the others and managed to hold a gap on the rest of the field.
Then it was down to the run… had a little mishap in transition leaving my bike shoe on the road. But that didn’t matter too much, as I managed to run down Brendon in a couple of hundred meters, then I caught Sissons. Then it was time to test what we really had been training for – head to head at a strong tempo. I took the lead once I passed him and just kept the tempo going. But old Sissons is smarter than the average bear. He timed his run to perfection as he out-sprinted me in the last 400m and I couldn’t go with his kick! However, I picked up some valuable tips, and I’m stoked to come home 2nd! We have been pushing each other a lot in training and that’s what this reminded me of, running side by side all day.
We now have a week in Cambridge then head down to Christchurch for the next ITU race in Pegasus on Sunday. This race is a slightly different format – we start with a super sprint heat in the morning then a few hours’ later fourteen participants from each heat advance to the finals! So it’s going to be speedy!
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