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ST ANTHONIES AND WIND TUNNEL

St Anthonies and Wind TunnelSt Anthonies and Wind TunnelSt Anthonies and Wind TunnelSt Anthonies and Wind Tunnel

I have had an exciting few weeks recently starting with the St Anthonies Triathlon followed by a day being fitted to and working in the wind tunnel on my new Blue Triad SL. St Anthonies this year was the the strongest Olympic distance non-drafting triathlon field ever assembled outside of the grand final. There were about 40 professional men toeing the line in Florida this year including multiple world champions, Olympic champions and World series winners.  I had a great preparation for the race and was excited to race such a solid field.

 

The swim was a deep-water start and I started on the far left side away from the main bunch. It didn't work to my advantage and I found myself a bit further back than I would of liked. At the first turn, at roughly half way, I pushed through the field and ended up sitting in around 5th position. I decided to sit there and wait for the bike. Using my knowledge from last year I new the start of the bike would be fast and could possibly split the race. I had a good transition and was out onto the bike quickly. I settled into my shoes over the cobbles and pushed hard to try and go with the blistering pace of Cam Dye. I was unable to ride with Cam who is notorious for riding away for the win. I kept pushing the start of the bike and at the first u-turn I got an opportunity to see who was just behind me.

 

There was a long line of athletes spread over a long distance behind me. I was joined in the pace setting by a few other athletes. We kept the draft zone open and pushed the pace. I was in great company with 2008 Olympic Champion from Germany, Jan Fredeno, along with my good friend Josh Amberger and four time Olympian Hunter Kemper. We were also joined later by one of my idols, Greg Bennett. I was in esteemed company and knew I needed to push the bike to stay away from the other fast runners behind us still. There were quite a few athletes at the back of the group refusing to see the front and really pushing the non-drafting rules letting a few of us do all the work. The good thing with the draft zones is that even though they aren't seeing the front it is taking a toll on their legs.

 

As we hit the second transition my legs felt good and I was ready to have a good run. I didn't go out super fast with my plan being to build into the run. I was passed by a couple of the athletes in the front bunch but I started to build into my pace and my legs felt like they were feeling better. I managed to hold the pace of Matt Reed and was running about 10 meters behind him the whole way out to the 5km turn. Just in front of Matt was Greg Bennett and Stuart Hayes. I was gaining confidence having these guys insight and not pulling away. At the turn there was a big group of athletes all fairly evenly spread out in very close succession, a few of them had run up from the second group. I was sitting in 8th position. I was over taken not long past the turn around by the guy who went on to record the fastest run of the day, I did my best to accelerate onto his shoulder and run with him as long as I could. I was using the momentum to try and get faster. I was then passed by 2 more guys on the way home but I managed to over take one athlete from in front of me. Down the last mile I was closing ever so lsightly to the athletes in front of me while keeping a good distance from the athletes behind me. It was crazy as I could see the six runners in front of me and we were all evenly spread out by about 50m between each of us! Such close racing.

I crossed the line in 9th position happy! I am finally feeling like my running legs are starting to come back and my riding is getting stronger. I have taken away a lot of confidence from the race and am excited with the season ahead.

 

Once I returned home to Boulder I had a couple of easy days before building up my new Blue Triad SL and heading to Arizona for a bike fit and wind tunnel testing.

 

Wind tunnel testing is used by most of the best cyclists in the world to gain as much of an aerodynamic advantage as possible while keeping my power at a maximum. I love the engineering and science behind cycling and loved learning a lot from the crew down at Faster. I gained a lot from the trip and am excited to get out and race on the new position and bike. I have included some photos of the wind tunnel so you can see the new bike and the position.  We tried quite a few different positions and it was amazing how one small change on the bike resulted in quite a big change in aerodynamics!

 

Thank you for your support and I look forward to updating you with my next 2 races in a couple of weeks time.

 
 
 
 
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