12th October 2014
23rd Cartagena World Cup
Columbia is an awesome place to race. I arrived in Cartagena 4 days ago and I’m back in the airplane leaving Columbia now… way too soon. I’m on route to Korea for the last race of the season in Tongyeong. It’s a long haul trip, around 50hrs door to door.
So anyway, Cartagena was hot, humid and very wet. October is rainy season and it pissed down briefly every day. The race location was changed 2 days before the race due to flooding down town. I stayed near the old town in a cheap and cheerful tiny hotel.
The race was an Olympic distance triathlon, a 2 lap 1.5km swim, an 8 lap 40km bike and 3 lap 10km run.
My race was ok. I had one of my better swims of the year 15secs down on the swim leader Varga, I didn’t make the lead bike pac of 15, I got to within 10 secs of the lead pack after transition, but didn’t make it.
From there I was in the second bike pack of 8, and we lost 1min to the leaders. The conditions were mental on the bike, serious winds and crazy thunderstorms and sections of the road that had 3 inches of flood water. From there the aim was to stay out of trouble on the bike. Onto the run and I was pretty flat, I ran as hard as I could and just about held on. It was pretty hot and humid so I made sure to pace my run effort and take on as much liquid as I could when necessary.
So I’m in Medellin airport now in Columbia, in 8hrs time I’ll land in JFK New York, then a 13hr flight to Beijing and then a little hop across the Yellow Sea to Busan in Korea, from there a short bus ride to Tongyeong and all being well I’ll arrive there on Tuesday night. Race is on Saturday morning in Tongyeong, it’s an Olympic distance World Cup, the last World Cup of the year and my last race of the season.