It was great to head back to one of my favorite races in one of my favorite States! I guess that after winning this race in 2009, it provides a little more motivation to do well and repeat that amazing feeling of crossing the line first. My preparation since Syracuse had been great and I felt that my run had moved up a notch too. This race always attracts a strong field and this year didn’t disappoint. With the likes of Terenzo, Greg Bennett, Paul Matthews and Luke McKenzie, just to name a few, the race was bound to be a good one.
My accommodation for the race was with my amazing friends Rob and Shelli who I had met as my homestay from the previous year. There is nothing like going to a race where you feel completely relaxed and at home. This is what Rob and Shelli do. I also had a friend, Jarrod, making the trip from Boulder with me. I definitely had some great support.
Race day arrived and I felt ready to go. I swam well and, although coming out by myself 30 seconds back from the lead group, I was able to get back to them within 5 miles of the bike. Once I made my way to the front of the lead group, I realized that two guys were away. Paul and Greg had hit the gas from the start of the bike. I pushed to the limit with the rest of the contenders in tow. I continued to lose time to the leaders. Hitting T2 2.30-2.45 behind 1 and 2, I don’t think I have ever come out of transition with more aggression than this time. I knew that I had to put a great run together if I were to win. I kept pushing and although it started to get tough I was able to red line it the whole run. I put this down to the running sessions I had been doing leading in. I managed to pass Paul at the 10 mile mark and got within 25 seconds of Greg but ran out of road. I ran 1.11.27, a personal best by nearly 2 minutes!
Very satisfied with my race, especially my run. Still a little work to do on the ride but it’s heading in the right direction.