Howler in Madrid
June 8th, 2011 by Will
I had a lot of fun this weekend in Madrid. It was good to be back on tour with the GB gang and I spent some good time with the team and also some good friends from other countries!
It’s the 6th time I’ve been to Madrid. Same course, (It’s still bloody difficult) the same Italian restaurants and same grotty hotel.
I was a bit unsure on my form going into this one as I raced in Dunkerque French Grand Prix two weeks prior and Paderborn German League the week before that. I’m fit for sure but maybe a bit over raced and underprepared. I love racing though so that is the price I pay!
I actually swam pretty well. I got out the water 15 seconds behind the last man to make the front group and found myself and a few others stuck in-between the 1st group and the 2nd group. One of my strongest parts of my game is the first 5k of the bike but I just could not get onto the back of the front group so unfortunately I got swallowed up by the ‘chase’ pack and after many attempts to get away to form a sub group my efforts were a waste and also a massive waste of energy for the 10k run at the end of it all! We were racing for 10th place this year as the group was almost 1:40 ahead of us. I spent too much gas on the bike and ran solid but by no means my fastest!
I was a bit disappointed about the outcome…but that’s World Class racing and its my journey! I did everything I could in this race…what more do you want? Shall I hold my heart rate at 190 instead of 185?! ITU racing is incredibly hard now and the level just keeps going up and up. In hind sight I saw that if i had manned up and ran 20 seconds faster I would have been 10 places higher!
So my efforts on the bike were really a waste of energy.
So it was a good training race however and I tell you there is nothing quite like racing to bring on a bit of form! I feel good training this week as I panic train for Kitzbuhel in 2 weeks time. I’m excited to get stuck into this one. It’s a beautiful place and I hope to get another solid result there.
This race was the first time that Alistair and Johnny Brownlee came 1st and 2nd in a World Champs Series. I knew it would happen soon so I’m not at all surprised! They were nothing short of incredible and it left the triathlon world completely scratching their nuts. I know that this course is accurate because my 31:29 felt right on the money but Ali ran what would have been 29:50 had he not mucked around down the finish straight and this is NOT an easy swim and bike before! Helen Jenkins also finished 2nd in her race and looked really strong all the way through so congratulations to those guys. It’s looking great for GB in the build up to London!
My aim now is to get back to work and GET ON THAT TRAIN!!!