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BOULDER 70.3 2014

I raced the Boulder 70.3 on the weekend; it is really quite an awesome thing being able to race just down the road from home! It definitely makes for quite a relaxed lead in to the race and it is always nice knowing the course really well. Transition is about a ten-minute bike ride from my front door and the bike course goes almost straight past my front door. This years Boulder 70.3 is about a month earlier than last year so it was quite cool on race morning. The field that was ready to commence battle was far from cool with a very solid line up of previous World Champions, Olympians and multiple 70.3 winners, incredibly a lot of these guys are based in Boulder for much of the year. Coming off the back of my first 70.3 win in Kansas last weekend I was feeling pretty good and ready to go again. I have had an easier week since Kansas 70.3 to make sure I recovered well and be ready for a fast race on the weekend.

 

Boulder boasts a challenging course with rolling hills and altitude and super strong field, this year with the cooler temperatures the course record looked set to be challenged. Last year I swam away from everyone before spending much of the ride racing off the front before being caught through the run as my legs faded! This year I wanted to change my tactic to swim a bit slower and hopefully get a couple of others with me on the bike and finish off with a stronger run. I controlled the swim and knew there were a few athletes with me but I didn't realize there were ten of us in the front group at the start of the bike, including most of the race favourites. Joe Gambles, the three time defending champion hit the start of the bike very hard, I was taken back at how fast he was going when he came past, he was flying. I thought to myself surely he can't hold that pace up for too long and I was expecting to see him later on down the road. I was wrong and Joe kept charging ahead putting pretty good time into the group. I was riding in the lead group with 6 others and although we were pushing the pace there were a lot of fast runners in the group and it definitely seemed at times like everyone was looking at each other. I had a couple of goes at getting away on the bike to no avail, I wanted to ride a bit harder but at the same time decided that I should stay comfortable in the group and see how the run goes.

 

I lead the group in and was first off the bike, I had a good transition and quickly hit the run trying to find a solid yet controlled pace. I found myself running with the always consistent Richie Cunningham, he is an amazing athlete and top bloke. I ran on his shoulder for the first two kilometers before over taking him. Tim Don came past us flying so we just let him go. I felt controlled and strong and was looking forward to this run battle. We were joined by Kevin Collington about 4km in, Kevin is avery good runner but I had a feeling he might be struggling having just put in a big effort to bridge up to Richie and I. I put in a few surges to see if we could gap him again. We managed to gap Kevin slightly as we started the to run over the dam wall at about the half way point.

 

 

 

Coming up to the end of the first lap my legs started feeling quite heavy, I might have got a bit excited in the first part of the run. Even though I backed off the pace a bit I was still sitting in 4th just behind Richie with a group of three just behind me with Kevin, Paul Matthews and Callum Millward. Unfortunately those three ran past me when I was having a bit of a flat spot and I found myself in 7th. I knew in the back of my mind that I have Syracuse 70.3 coming up this weekend with another chance of a good result. I looked after my nutrition and stayed controlled and composed to the end, stay strong without falling apart. Ben Hoffman was running fast from behind and caught me with about five kilometres to go dropping me to 8th, I stayed controlled and passed Kevin again a few kilometres before the end so finished the day in 7th.

I was happy to finish in 7th against such a strong field and put together another solid race. I am glad I didn't try and kill myself to more up a position or so and I am now focusing on Syracuse this weekend. It will be my third 70.3 race in back to back weekends. I have been very happy with how I have been recovering from these two races so far and I look forward to leaving it all out there in Syracuse. The Syracuse has a good field coming together so it will definitely be another challenging race. For now I will go and eat some more, put the feet up and get ready to battle it out again in Syracuse on the weekend. Thank you for your support and I will keep you up to date with how the next one goes.

 
 
 
 
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