1st September 2014
Edmonton Grand Final
I had a really poor race in Edmonton, 8 days ago I had one of the best performances of my career to date in Stockholm, then in those 8 days I picked up a stomach bug and was not well for 6 days. I got it together the day before the race but it was obvious as the race progressed onto the bike section I was really under power.
I travelled from Stockholm to Edmonton on decent timed flights, but if had 2 nights disrupted sleep and ate something that wasn’t agreeing with my body. I got to Edmonton on the Tuesday and felt fairly broken, I did everything possible to pull myself out of the hole I was in, but I just needed 1-2 more days to recover to do myself any justice.
I felt good on the morning of the race and believed I was ready to race well, warm ups were good and I had all the pre race nerves. Again as has been customary this season I had a poor swim, exiting the water half way down the field but still safely in the main chase bunch. I felt physically ok on the swim, but then onto the bike and bang it hit me, there was absolutely nothing in my legs, I couldn’t even hold the wheels of the guys around me and got well and truly dropped going up the first hill. From there I struggled for the rest of the race in chase groups, loosing time on every lap. I ran like a donkey, compared to just 8 days ago when I ran my fastest split ever for a sprint triathlon, Edmonton was fairly sickening.
Oh well it’s only racing and it was was one bad race from 7 solid races in a row and it was from a stomach bug as opposed to any sort of underlying fitness/tactical/ability issues.
I’m on route to Denver, Colorado for a 1 month training camp. I have a Super Sprint triathlon in Las Vegas, then I have 2 or 3 World Cup races to finish the season off in Mexico, Columbia and Korea. Looking forward to getting my head down and stuck into a good block of training and finish the season on a high.