Sunday, 10 February 2013

Ironman 70.3 Geelong - 9th

Geelong has always been a happy hunting ground for me. In 2006 I won my first ITU Junior Elite Australian Championships at Geelong. At the time the race was a turning point in my development as a young triathelte as it qualified me for the ITU Junior Elite World Championships in Switzerland later that year and also awarded me a scholarship into the ‘Queensland Academy of Sport’ triathlon program. Coincidently it was also my first race under my coach Stephen Moss.

The race was announced as the Australian Long Course Triathlon Championships and with this title up for grabs I was motivated to produce a result worthy of the title. The course was a fitting battleground with a hilly and windy ride and an even tougher hilly run. Add this to the 40 men racing and what was described in the days before as ‘the best 70.3 men’s field ever assembled in Australia’ and I knew I was in for a hard and fast race.

I arrived in Geelong on Friday afternoon and used Saturday to catch-up with some of my fantastic sponsors who were at the event as well as doing some light training.

Video of the Friday and Saturday before the race:



Race Day:
Sunday morning soon approached and started with a 5am wake up. I had my usual pre race meal of toast with banana and honey along with a bottle of Dextro Energy sports drink. With a quick warm up done it was time for the gun to go off to start the 2013 Australian Long Course Championships. I started hard and found myself as per usual in the front swim pack swimming alongside Commonwealth Games Champion and Australian Olympian Brad Kahlefeldt. The swim felt solid but not overly fast which I took as a good sign of things to come. I exited the water in the front group of 10 men with gun swimmer Clayton Fettell who had around a 30 second solo lead.



Onto the bike I made the brave call to go after Fettell and really put the hammer down to hurt the others in our group and try and get away. I was quickly joined by James Hodge, Christian Kemp and Luke Bell and I made the call to ride hard early to catch Fettell and establish a lead over the rest of the field. Honestly the first 10km’s of the bike were insanely fast with speeds over 50kph being held. Fettell and Hodge really pushed the pace with Kemp, Bell and myself all content to sit back and hang onto the coat tails of these two amazing cyclists. The hilly and windy course was a real battle but despite this our group managed to ride through the first 45km lap in an hour flat. 
Going onto the second lap I was forced to dig deep to stay with the boys and fought through a really bad patch.
 The entire ride took its toll on me and by the time we hit the run my legs were in a less than ideal state. I pushed hard to stay with the boys however my legs were having none of it and so I just pushed as hard as they would allow.
 Battling with Estonian Marko Albert on the run
I was getting passed by athletes that I would usually run away from which was hard to take but I started to come good again with 5km’s to go on the run and gave these final km’s everything I had. I managed to catch one athlete with just a km to run to move myself into 9th place overall.
Honestly I was really happy with how I went about the race. I swam hard and initiated the move on the bike that took 5 athletes up the road and put myself in contention to be on the podium. The run wasn’t there on the day for me but I gave it everything I had and didn’t die wondering so to speak.

At risk of sounding cliché I’d prefer to come 9th and put myself in the position to win, than sit back and watch a chance for the win escape up the road and then run for at best a 5th place.

As Chris ‘Macca’ McCormack affectionately titled his book ‘I’m here to win’ 



Pro Men

Name
Country
S
B
R
Time
1
USA
00:21:59
02:09:26
01:13:38
3:47:21
2
AUS
00:22:02
02:09:27
01:14:07
3:47:53
3
AUS
00:21:53
02:09:18
01:16:11
3:49:48
4
AUS
00:22:58
02:12:09
01:12:30
3:49:55
5
AUS
00:21:36
02:09:50
01:17:06
3:50:48
6
AUS
00:23:06
02:12:00
01:17:05
3:54:27
7
EST
00:21:57
02:13:10
01:17:18
3:54:45
8
AUS
00:23:07
02:13:37
01:16:22
3:55:30
9
AUS
0:00:00
0:00:00
0:00:00
3:57:01
10
AUS
00:21:58
02:13:08
01:19:52
3:57:15
11
AUS
00:26:17
02:10:24
01:19:26
3:58:55
12
NZL
00:22:48
02:16:46
01:17:50
3:59:55
13
AUS
00:21:58
02:13:01
01:23:00
4:00:40
14
AUS
00:21:56
02:13:13
01:23:41
4:01:15
15
AUS
00:23:00
02:16:29
01:19:00
4:01:40
*No times shown for me as my timing chip fell off


Post race photo

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