I had been looking forward to heading back to Hamburg since racing there last year, I remembered the event was amazing, a fantastic course and crowd support unlike any other event on the circuit that I have done. I didn’t have the best race then, so was looking forward to heading back and having another crack now with another year worth of experience under my belt.
Hamburg 2016, will definitely be a race weekend I imagine I will remember for a very long time. I had been working with my Psych leading into the weekend and had the plan of tackling the race differently to what I had ever done in the past. This new approach seemed to work out for the better. I had one of my best swims in a WTS race, exiting the water in the top 20 to slot right into the front group, rode well and ran strong to eventually finish up on the second step of the podium in what was a drama filled finish. I ran most of the 5k on the front of a group of about 5 fighting it out for third place before surging away with 800m to go. I managed to open up a gap and hold off a fast finishing Fernando Alarza, who I certainly did not see coming. I eased up a few strides from the line and Alarza passed me within centimeters of crossing the line which certainly gave me a bit of a scare as you can clearly see by the race footage. There were a few tense moments before getting confirmation that I had crossed the line in third, and then shortly after be promoted to second after the disqualification of Richard Murray to see me on the podium next to Spanish pair, Alarza and Mola. My first ever World Triathlon Series podium, and one I’ll remember for a long time for more than one reason. “run through the finish line next time!”
Day two, was all about the mixed relay world championships. Team Australia was made up of the top two male and female finishers in the individual event; Emma Jackson, Charlotte Mcshane, Ryan Bailie and myself. I have only done a couple of relays of this format before, with each person doing a 300m swim, 6km cycle and a 1.6km run, and this was my first outside of junior events. I watched from the sidelines last year and remembered that even on the rainy day the atmosphere was great so I was excited to be a part of the action this time around. I was off second with some time to make up on the leaders. I finished up with the second fastest time split of the day, one second behind USA’s MVP Ben Kanute. Emma and Ryan brought us home and with an epic sprint finish from Bailie, team Aus became the runner up World Champions in the mixed relay for a second year in a row.
A big weekend, and now with a long time before my next race, it’s time for a little holiday. I’m heading to the Basque Coast in search of some beautiful beaches for a mid season break with current training partner and mate Zac Sue.