First up it was the Beijing International triathlon, the same group that organise Alcatraz organise this one so you know it’s going to be one hell of a race and an experience that will keep you going back for more each year! http://www.beijinginternationaltriathlon.com/
This year the race took part at the Garden Expo Park, a spectacular spot of the Fengtai District.
The swim was in a manmade lake one lap in choppy conditions, we could have had a few ducks to navigate but somehow they all found their way to their pens and were happy spectating from there. I had an ok swim sitting in the main pack with a couple out front (Javier and Josh who I would never see again). Like Alcatraz there was a half mile run to our bikes, something I don’t mind but when you have runners like Javier and Mola in the field you don’t need any more running time added to the race :) but it’s a good warm up for the bike and I didn’t lose too much time. Onto the new and improved bike course which was technical, hilly, fast, hard, you name it, it had it, even two newly formed roads specifically for the triathlon! I didn’t ride very well, sitting in tied 5th place with two others. I was just stuck in second gear just hoping that the run would feel better. So off the bike in 7th (out of seven, so not impressive) I kept reminding myself that I like the hard hilly runs. Through the first 4km I managed to move into 6th place which was pleasing with the 600 stairs and hills still to come. I managed to move into 5th and had Mola in my sight which was a good feeling to be back near the right end of the race. So finishing in 5th I was pleased with the race, like last year the triathlon was a huge success reaching 1000 competitors (its being doubling every year) it’s fantastic to see the enthusiasm of the locals both competing and supporting. I can’t wait to go back again!
The next week it was off to Weihai for the ITU Long Course World Champs, a bit longer distance from Beijing this time a 4km swim, 120km bike and 20km run. I was feeling really good race week, I think last weekend blew the cobwebs out and kick started the engine, it made me really look forward to racing over this super hard course! Last year I suffered really bad on the run due to being a little sick, and riding a to hard on such a demanding bike leg, so this year I was aware of what I was in for and prepared a little better, so at a leisurely start time of 8am though potentially having us running in the heat of the day I was geared up ready to race. With balmy water temperatures it was nice to have a fair non wetsuit swim which split the field up, giving 6 of us a handy gap on the rest of the competitors. I was comfortable sitting in the group and with a swift transition headed out on the bike in 2nd place.
The bike was tough, so many hills, I chose to sit back and let the others set the tempo, the flying Frenchies rode off into the distance while we plodded around the first of 3 laps. I soon changed tack and ended up going solo grabbing a handy 6-7mins to the group I was in and coming off in 4th place actually feeling very controlled.
|Trying to keep cool on the run!|
Out on the run I was a little unsure as to if I would be able to hold it together but I set off on a comfortable pace and managed to only die the last couple of km's which with the gap I had I managed to hold on to 4th. Pretty stoked with that, it wasn’t my best of build ups but I was happy with the two races results.
So now it’s continuing to build on what I have, then it’s off to Australia for challenge Forster and Shepparton half ironman races.