23 Aug 2014
26th Stockholm WTS
At present I’m on a plane 35,000ft above Newfoundland on route to Edmonton, Canada for the WTS Grand Final. Today my day is 30hrs long as I’m travelling west, when I touch down in Edmonton the key is to get right into proper sleep patterns, so I’ll be saying up 6hrs longer than last night.
I travelled from Stockholm and I had a 15hr stopover in Iceland last night, didn’t get to see much of it, but I did see a lot of rain and volcanic ash and it’s a cold spot. Most of the guys who raced WTS Stockholm and on route to the Grand Final in Edmonton. My body is still a bit mangled after the Stockholm race and I’m a tad run down, so I was a wee bit envious of Sexton, Reiderer and Gomez who turned left getting onto the plane (Business Class).
So Stockholm WTS was a fantastic, a real hard sprint distance race. Swim was cold and very choppy, bike was technical with decent cobble stones and course was narrow and greasy, a lot of guys were crashing. And the run was fast though it did have one decent hill and a few cobble stones.
I had a fairly average race, I made a few mistakes tactically. I went too wide round the turn buoys avoiding the congestion but swimming a lot further than necessary. I let a few wheels go on the bike because I wasn’t strong enough to bridge the gaps after guys around me crashed and missed the lead pack marginally, it was the best field of athletes I’ve raced with 9 of the top 10 guys in the world there. I ran my fastest ever 5km in Stockholm with 15mins flat, though I blew up with 200m to go.
Over the next few days hopefully I’ll freshen up in Edmonton and have a good crack at my Grand Final debut.
RESULTS FROM STOCKHOLM
START LIST FOR EDMONTON WTS GRAND FINAL