Hometown Race Report- Canberra 70.3
Being the last event on my 2013 calendar, I have been looking forward to racing in my hometown at Canberra 70.3 all year. Although I was a little disappointed with my performance, I enjoyed racing on the roads I have grown up on with friends and family.
Sleeping in my own bed before a race is something I have only done once before and something to be very thankful for. After arriving from the States on Thursday my body clock had no problem waking me up at 4am feeling fresh.
Being the 6th wave with 18-24 and 25-29 males gave me a chance for a quick warmup.
I was feeling good after squeezing into my wetsuit and headed down to the swim start.
I was able to get out nice and quick at the swim start and made the first group going around the first buoy.
After the first turn buoy the pack broke up and I fell back a bit to the second group. I didn't have the best swim and exited the water 3rd in my age group in 27:09.
After exiting the swim I was able to make up some time on the run up to transition and gave a smile to this clever sign on the way up.
I felt good on the bike as I exited T1 and had no problem hitting my target watts. I soon found out why this bike course was regarded as one of the toughest out there and struggled going up and down the climbs on the three loop bike course.
Given the nice weather and technical course, I started falling behind on my nutrition and had to make up for this mistake later in the bike leg.
Despite having a relatively poor ride I was able to make up one spot in my age group and entered T2 2nd in the age group in 2:24:56.
I knew I would be in for a tough time giving up 5 minutes to one of the best amateur runners in the sport but felt good and dug in trying to close to gap.
The flat run course around Lake Burley Griffin was a welcomed site after the tough bike course. I finished the first lap of three in 25:21 feeling like I had a good run split in my legs.
By lap three I was starting to struggle a little and paid for my earlier nutrition mistake as the temperature started to rise.
I closed the run in 1:20:23 to finish 18th overall and 2nd in my age group in 4:16:57.
It was nice to finish the season on the podium at my hometown race. After finishing the year with 2 wins and a second place, I will finish the year ranked 2nd in the world for 18-24 at the Ironman 70.3 distance. I was a little disappointed not to be able to challenge for the age group win, but my weaknesses were exposed on the tough course in Canberra and have made me eager to get to working on improving them.
It was a great day racing with mates from my hometown. I was lucky enough to have the support of family and friends out on the course and appreciate everyone's words of encouragement and congratulations.