With Rio selection up for grabs for the Aussies the home WTS race on the Gold Coast was set to be a big one. After spending the month leading into the event in New Zealand for a very solid training block things were starting to come together, in the last two weeks of our training camp and I was finally feeling ready to race and to execute a performance come race day.
I was away to a decent start in the swim, but after not long ‘old mate’ who was sitting on my right hip decided he’d take a slight left turn and swim over the top of me and put me into a spot of bother with a bunch of others swimming over me.. It all happens so fast but all of a sudden I was not in a position that I wanted to be in at all. I made up a bit of ground during the back end of the swim but not enough, and I found myself onto the bike a while back and in a group of unmotivated riders. It’s pretty frustrating to have a large group, but have only 3 people willing to offer some occasional help on the front and then those that are happy to sit on for 7 laps and then attack like there is some reward for being the first from the second group. Frustrating. A couple others and myself made the most of our opportunities on the last 2 laps as the front group began to slow down and reduced the gap from 1:00min+ to around 25 seconds by T2.
25 seconds over 10k isn’t that much to catch on a lot of these athletes and I began lap one catching one by one and was running well. On lap 3 of the 4 lap run, the hard ride began to really take its toll. On the final lap I gave one last push and gave it everything I had left and managed to run my way into a top 10 position, finishing 9th.
My best WTS result was last year in Yokohama where everything went well and I was able to run my way to 9th place. This past weekend on the Gold Coast, not much went my way during the race and I was able to secure the same finishing position as a race where everything went right. I know I have so much better in me right now and I am really looking forward to my next race, Yokohama, to show that.