September 12th, 2014 by Will
Mont Tremblant 70.3 World Champs and the big goal of the year finished for another year.
It didn’t all go smoothly, but I’m feeling proud of how I executed my race and how I over came the adversity to rescue a 10th place and the last prize money position.
It was the best 70.3 I’ve been to so far, they kicked off the Pros with a Fighter Jet fly by followed by the horn blowing. Pretty inspiring!
I had a decent swim, as usual nothing particularly special! 50 secs behind the leaders. Needs work next year for sure.
I have to say once I got on the bike my legs felt amazing, and we ended up riding up to the leaders by the 30km mark. I didn’t do anything to help, Joe Gambles and Terenzo powered us up there. I know my level and played the game, thinking I’ll save it for the run. Hats off to you boys for riding so strong!
By 75km we had established ourselves as a group of 10 and had a healthy lead on some very handy athletes then I hit a stone in the road square on and it punctured my front (and eventually my rear disc) I put my hand up and fortunately a motor bike with spare wheels was not too far behind. So I was changed within 2 mins and back on my way.
I muscled to T2 in 11th and now had a 2:30 gap to the leaders. I knew I could catch some of the guys but also knew that I’d get caught by some as well.
I didn’t feel too swift any more unfortunately but I did end up running myself back into 10th by the finish line after getting caught by Lionel Sanders and Bart Aernouts. Surrounded by some real World Class quality athletes.
Just a shame because if I had finished the bike at the front I’d have been racing for 5th place as our run splits were similar.
Fair play to the podium guys, Javi Gomez and Frodo were a different level and Tim Don killed it to snatch the 3rd place and the ladies especially Dani Ryf and Jodie Swallow.
Recovery time now but heading off to Lanzarote 70.3 next. A super enjoyable race and I’m motivated to give it a really good crack.