I flew into Tampa, Florida on early Tuesday morning and for the week leading up to the race spilt my time between recovering from some crazy jet lag and doing some light training with not too much intensity. St Pete, where the race is held really is an amazing part of the world and I am already keen to come back next year and spend even more time here. Speaking of which, I must give a big thank you to Tim, who I had the pleasure of staying with for the duration of my visit.
Race day started early (and dark) with the start time set for 6:50am. The swim conditions were extremely rough and the choppy seas made for a challenging but fun swim. The great thing about having a swim like this is that it really broke up the field heading into T2. I emerged from the swim in 15th place and right next to all the major threats.
I hit T2 feeling good and the legs ready to go for the final 10km foot race to the finish. I passed a few other athletes during the course of the first 5km’s of the run and at the turnaround was sitting in the top 10. In the final 3kms I was passed by a few of the quicker runners who rode within the 2nd chase pack. The final km couldn’t come quick enough and I was happy to cross the line coming home in 13th place with a 33.30 final run spilt.
Ultimately I would have loved to have been further and inside the top 10 but with some of the best of the best in the sport present I can’t be disappointed. I have no doubt that I will be back for more in the years to come as the race is impeccably organized and run with the upmost professionalism.
Results (top 25)
With this result I now move into 6th on the '5150 Pro Mens World Points Ranking'.
Next up for me will be St George US 70.3 Pro Champs next weekend and with another stacked field its going to be another cracker of a race.