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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES IN SYDNEY

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Yesterday I competed in the First race of the World Championship Series in Sydney. It is the premium series for triathlon worldwide.  I went into this race with confidence after the race 2 weeks ago in Mooloolaba and the course in Sydney was similar in profile with a large hill on both bike and run legs.  The venue for the race is set in front of Sydney's Iconic Landmarks the Opera House and Harbor Bridge.

 

The men's 7 am race start is an earlier start than normal for the top class race series. With one of the most beautiful race starts I have ever witnessed the day was off to a fantastic start. With 2 Olympic Champions and a handful of former world champions starting the race it was going to be a hard day. I had a great position on the pontoon just next to the fast starting Russians.  I was towed out to the first buoys in reasonable positioning and held that for the first lap.  With the end of the first lap I could have a look at how I was positioned and I decided I needed to move up a little on the next lap. I ended up out of the water inside the top 10. I jumped onto the bike and similar to Mooloolaba the bike started climbing straight out of transition. The only difference being the hill in Sydney started a lot steeper than Mooloolaba.

 

I have some good riding legs and I tried to use them to my advantage. I pushed early on the bike to try and start a break away group and gain an advantage over the runners in the field. Unfortunately I think my performance at Mooloolaba made me a marked man in Sydney. The main bunch pulled me back and I had to just wait until the run. I got asked during the cycle leg from other athletes if I was interested in trying a break away or even chase down the small groups trying to get away. I was keen to mix it up on the bike. Instead I used my head and knowledge and I chose to sit there in the first 5 or so riders, take it easy and stay out of trouble.  Coming to the end of the bike I kept my good positioning and went into the last technical part of the bike near the front. There was a small crash in the last round about just before the cobblestones started and I was fortunate to have missed.

 

I jumped off the bike ran to my spot in transition and traded my bike for my running shoes. I had a good change over and was out with the front pack onto the run. Up the first hill I was looking at guys around me who I watched racing 12 years ago and I was with them. That gave me a great boost of confidence. I held onto the front pack until the end of the first lap when we started to descend the first hill. I didn't have enough leg speed to hold onto the pack. I then ran my pace and held the group just in front of me.  I had a solid run and picked off the athletes who dropped off the pace.  I ended up placing 13 only 40 seconds from the winner and it topped off a solid day. I was very pleased with the result and it also showed that I am not a 2 dimensional athlete and I can use my run as a strength. I take away confidence from the weekend and I look forward to a solid training block before heading off to the next race in Seoul in the Start of May.

 
 
 
 
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