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WORLD TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS - September 3rd, 2006
I know that I have done the work and I look forward to rectifying the weekend's result over the coming weeks in my other races.
The race started poorly for me with me getting off to a slow start off the pontoon. Once I arrived at the first buoy I did so simultaneously with about 50 other athletes, it is fair to say it was congested and veyr rough. Unfortunately one of my teammates accidently pulled down the zipper on my westuit which meant I had to pull off to the side and pull the zip back up, I lost valuable time doing this and found myself at the rear of the field. I completed the first lap of teh swim 50 seconds behind the leaders, I swam much better the second lap and exited the water still 50 seconds behind but having made up many positions.
Once onto the bike I was in a small pack which was the third pack on the road, the course in Lausanne was very tough with 2 climbs per lap. I managed to reach the front of the race by lap 3 of 7 but had spent a lot of energy doing so. On lap 5 a group attacked on the major climb and split the group in half, I found myself in the back half and unable to bridge the gap across to the leaders. Not long off after luck again turned against me and I hit a hole on a descent and buckled my rear wheel, I had to ride the last 10 km with my wheel rubbing on the brake which added to the effort required. On the last climb of the day the wheel was rubbing so badly that I was tailed off the group and didnt catch up again until 100 metres from transition.
Once on the run I ran strongly for the first 4 km making up about 15 positions, unfortunately the toll of chasing all day caught up with me and I really suffered through the last 6 km finishing in 36th place, certainly well below my expectations.
This week in Hamburg I am determined to get the swim right and give myself a much better chance of a good result rather than chasing all day. Thanks to everyone for their emails of support whilst I have been away, they are much appreciated.