Race morning approached and with no open/elite category on offer (only age group swim waves) I watched my training partners Matt Roberts, Drew Box and Matt Brown head off 2 minutes ahead. I toed the start line in wave no. 2 with no other than Clayton Fettel and spent the entire 750m trying to hang onto this coat tails.I dropped off the feet of Clayton over the last 200m of the swin but managed to have a quick transition and head off onto the bike leg with one of the best swim/bikers of the sport.
Unfortunately thats where things started to go south with Clayton hitting the gas and dropping me like hammer on a nail. I kept riding solid and managed to pick off most of the remaining competitors who started 2minutes in front of me finally hitting T2 with only a handful of competitors in front.
Onto the run I kept things in third gear and ran within myself to come through in 2nd behind Clayton in the 25-29 age group and 6th fastest time of the day. At the end of the day this race was just about seeing how much fitness I had lost after some decent time off with injury.
Next weekend I am heading out to the famous Julia Creek Dirt N Dust Triathlon and am attempting win no. 4 in a row. A great record to have and I am looking forward to the challenge ahead.