Through advise from Sharleen Hoar, I drew up a plan for myself. Not something I 'hoped' would happen, but a series of points that based off of training I know I am capable of. I was still quite nervous but I was confident in what I had to do to be happy at the end of the day.
T1 was so smooth. My wetsuit came off easily and I was off.
In the pouring wet conditions I rode well through the initial technical portion until the long straightaway when I was joined by 7 others including Brownlee, Gomez, Vasiliev, Silva, Shoeman, Shaw and Van Der Stel. The first three laps were very fast. Our lead increased to one minute and twenty seven seconds(1.27). The glassy wet roads made for some white knuckled riding but I was confident in my rainy cornering abilities. I did have a close call at one point when moving up in the pack. I was put into the rails unintentionally. I was a bit worried I'd get a pinch flat from riding over the feet of the rails. Luckily I stayed up and my tires held up.
I entered Transition 2 with the biggest smile on my face. The race was going well and I was sure to exceed my goal of top 30. I had a nice fast transition and was off.
I found my running legs early and with my Garmin in hand I set a pace that I was confident I could hold. The rain really began to pour half way through the run. It felt like I was home in Victoria. I ran my own run. I let go of pacing on the final lap and opened it up to the finish. I posted a run split of 31.53. I finished my second WTS in 7th place. Results Found HERE. With this result my current ITU World Triathlon Series rank is now 21st. Click Here.
The pieces have been there in training but on Saturday it came together. I stuck to a plan and I enjoyed myself. I raced with confidence. I believed I was capable and it was liberating. I left Yokohama with much more confidence in my ability to perform on race day. I am excited to be home and build upon this weekends performance. This was a great start, but there is much more training to be done!
Ciao for now,
Ciao for now,