Western Sydney 70.3 Race Report 2019
Updated: Dec 19, 2019
The morning started off great. A 3:00am wake up, quick bite to eat then in car. Did all my bike setup at the car is pumping up of tyres, Infinit in bottles etc.
After a small mishap in transition setup after a Muppet knocked my helmet of my bike and broke the lense I moved on. Riding with sunnies it was going to me.
A rolling platform start was something very new for me. I haven’t dived into water with goggles on since I was at school. I placed myself in the second fastest group. Knowing if I went out strong I would be pulled along and could settle in to a comfortable pace before I brought it home strong. I had a couple of people try and muscle me out of the way. One guy shoved me in the ribs, I casually moved over towards him with a wide right arm a nailed him in return. Another swimmer grabbed my calf. This sort of this does not bother me anymore. I wasn’t sure of my swim time. I thought I saw 36 but questioned it and just got to transition.
Felt pretty comfortable, I quickly went back over the plan in my head will methodically getting my wetsuit off, helmet on, sunnies on and off I went.
I had two TO’s signal to me, one to move over and one told me to move back as I was coming into the turn around. It was Kaos.
Coaches words ringing in my ear, I don’t care if you ride slower, we want to bring home the run. Turns out of rode a 40km PB for the first 40km. I needed to settled down. I focused of cadence 77-84 and HR in low Z3 I knew this was comfortable. Not once did I look at my time on my garmin, I was totally focused on sticking to my plan and numbers. Coming back into the main race area I pushed into a small head wind so staying aero was important. Even entered T2 I had no idea what I rode for time.
A scream coaching, you’re here to do a job stay focused. Get after it. I was busting for the toilet....
Racked my bike, socks on, one shoe on, shit, my right quad started to cramp. I slowed a little to get control. Hat on, race on, Napalm in back pocket. Great a toilet right at the exit of T2. “I look to my left, a stern voice, focus just let it come, that’s it. Bugger, no toilet for me.
5:15 for the first km BOOM... shit shoe lace comes undone, remain calm, move over and do it up and get back to work. 5:00 2km BOOM. I see two people I know. My mind goes, right let’s catch them. 6km Down the road I picked up one, a further 2-3km I picked up the second. I had a guy running with me, there were no words said we just ran. I enter the main arena, come Ben, I run passed, with the words tap, tap, tap, tap. Good, good that’s it. Finished it off. About another Km down the run I have a female athlete stuck to my shoulder. She said sorry, you’re running strong and a good pace. Ok, great now I had another athletes result basically in my hands. So I said, you have to work too. We ran together for close to 10km before I had to take a toilet break in the bushes. The guy I ran with earlier came back through. Before I dropped him 2km from the end. This run was beginning hurt. Heavy shoes, no nutrients left. Damn that finish line is a long way away. I hear it again, come one Ben, run through. I had no idea of my time. The lady I ran with waited for me at the finish line to say thank you. I actually wanted the run to hurt, I wanted to know what that pain felt like. I now know I can still go faster.
I honestly think I had the best race possible. Can I go faster in all three disciplines? ABSOLUTELY. Nutrition was on point. I just wish I could go to the toilet whilst racing. That cost me maybe 45-60s possibly a little longer.
I liked not really knowing where I was at in terms of overall time. I didn’t look at my watch to see what the run time was. I didn’t check my bike computer.
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