Race morning I got up at 8am to go for a jog with some accelerations and a big breakfast due to a start time of 3pm. Coffee and a bagel at noon and I was ready to race.
Because of my start position, I had open water from the start. But I knew I would have to really put my head down and go in order to get into the front pack. So within the first 400m I just swung across the front of the pack over to a pack which included Jenkins and Potts.
We exited the water ( I was in 4th position) and I could already feel my legs starting to cramp. I was a little panicy in T1, knowing that there was a chance for me to be riding in the first pack. My transition needed to be perfect and it wasn't. I felt very strong on the bike, especially on the hills.But throughout I had cramping calfs anytime I put too much effort on the the pedals. On the decents I would try and stretch and dig my thumb into the muscle. Although I was able to mix it up. Terrenzo and another athlete were off the front leading into the hill and when the pack arrived , I put a surge in to join them. I worked with Terrenzo to the top of the hill but my legs cramped up leaving me time trialing for a 3/4 a lap. I did not want to enter transition with such a large pack so I surged up the hill for the last time, and soloed the remainder.
So three big lessons from this race:
It Was So Great to See Simon at the Top Of the Podium!
Congratulations to Paul and Colin!
- Hans Zimmer - Injection (As heard in MI2)
- AFI - Silver and Cold (Very Powerful)
- A3 - Woke Up This Morning (The Sopranos)
- Arcade Fire - Rebellion (lies) (This will always be on my playlist)
Arcade Fire - Intervention (I hope they come out with a music Video)
Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye (I absolutely love this Video!)