Mooloolaba World Cup
March 29th, 2011 by Will
The first one ITU race of the year in Mooloolaba is done and dusted.
I ended up 11th and a bit frustrated but optimistic about the big one in Sydney. To be honest I thought I’d go a bit better then that but unfortunately didn’t have great legs on the day for whatever reason.
The swim was based in the sea, it was nice and warm but very choppy which suited me to the ground as i’m a very fit swimmer just not a very smooth swimmer so I just got in there after a great start and threw my arms over for 18mins. I was stoked to exit the swim in joint 3rd place which for me is a massive improvement considering in the pool I’d be one of the worst in the race! haha!
Onto the bike I knew straight away that my legs were not 100% used to this feeling but I rolled with it and just sat in and hid waiting for the run. I didn’t find the bike difficult at all this weekend but at the same time, I didn’t want to sacrifice anything from my run by making jumps up the road every 2mins! I wanted to see where my running was at today as i’ve been doing some good sessions. After quite a few attempts at establishing a gap 3 guys eventually got away including Stu Hayes! They got 1:20 which is very dangerous for anyone looking to win the race!
At the start of the run I felt pretty awesome to be honest. I felt very smooth and like I was running within myself but unfortunately after 5k I had to let the leaders go as I started to run out of gas. I was on track for a top 8 finish till the last lap but I couldn’t raise my game anymore and rocked in 11th.
I’m analysing the race in my head at the moment but all in all it was a good start to the season which could have been better had I eaten more the day before and also not got very ill last year. Sydney will be better! Speaking to one of my friends last night as well, he said that when you put together heaps of hard weeks back to back it could take me up to a month to really come good and adapt.
Congrats to my neighbour over here, Brad Kahlefeldt who took his 3rd win and also everyone else in the race. I think it was top 30 over the line within 2 mins…that’s really impressive as it’s a bloody hard course!