After a fourth and fifth at 70.3 Worlds, not to mention a disappointing 2012 performance, I decided to focus this year’s training on Vegas with the goal of finally receiving a medal. When the list of pros entered was released, I wasn’t sure the podium was possible. At the same time I was excited to race against such a stacked field.
ONE WEEK LEADING INTO RACE
|Hours of Sleep||49|
|Number of Massages||2|
|Number of Ice Baths||1|
|Hours in Recovery Pump Boots||1|
|Hours Training- Bike||6.5|
|Hours Training- Swim||4|
|Hours Training- Run||2.5|
|Number of Beers Consumed||10|
|Number of Coffees Consumed||18|
Race day morning was a bit surreal. Hot conditions were expected but instead we got mild temperature and consistent rain. These conditions were a defining moment even before the gun went off. The athletes who kept their heads in the game were the ones who were going to come out on top. I kept telling myself to stay focused and that I had a job to do.
|Pre Race Song||King and Lionheart – Of Monsters and Men|
|Transition Talk||“I hope you have a plan to beat Frodo” (Sebastian Kienle)|
|Support Crew||Sage Calamari, Hilary Matthews, Wattie,|
|Notable Absence||Jarrod Vos & Adam Heath (again)|
I swam up to my ability and came out in contention of most of the major players. As soon as I clipped into my bike pedals and took the first few pedal strokes I knew I had good bike legs. I quickly moved to the front of the chase pack and set about reducing the deficit to the leaders. As we caught sight of the lead, Kienle caught the group and with his extra momentum at the far turn around we became one massive group. At this point it was more about staying out of trouble and maintaining concentration, waiting for the right moment to take charge. Kienle was in a class of his own and rode away from everyone. I was content with my position and the athletes around me. I applied pressure towards the end of the ride to make sure I was in a good position coming into transition.
|Swimskin||TYR Torque Pro|
|Bike||Team Trek K-Swiss Campagnola Speed Concept|
|Groupset||Campagnola Electronic Power Shift (EPS)|
|Helmet||Rudy Project Wingspan Time Trial Helmet|
|Shoes||Bontrager Hilo RXL|
|Sunglasses||Rudy Project Genetyk Racing|
|Wheels||Bontrager prototype disk Aeolus 7 D3 (Tubular)|
|Shoes||K-Swiss K-Ruuz 1.5|
|Sunglasses||It was raining|
|Powerbar Perform Consumed||48oz|
Everything came down to the run. I had put myself in the right position off the bike to podium and I knew I was capable of running fast enough. It all came down to being mentally strong and pacing myself over the relentless Vegas run course. I didn’t lose focus once, and moved from 7th to 3rd in the second half of the run. I did this by maintaining form, pacing evenly and applying pressure when needed.
POST RACE RECOVERY
For me I put together a mature race and produced a result I am very proud of, one that showed what I am capable of at a world championship. Thank you to all my sponsors for their continued support.
|RACE DAY AWARDS|
|Most aggressive||Sebastian Kienle|
|Fastest first mile||Jan Frodeno (Frodo)|
|Best Race Kit||Greg Bennett (Grennett) fluorescent yellow top|
|Luckiest break||Andy Potts|
|Thought during swim||Don’t get dropped|
|Thought during bike||Don’t try and ride with Kienle, it will end badly|
|Thought during run||Be patient and wait to make your move|
|Thought while crossing the finish line||Finally a medal|