This year the field was pretty solid, you know just the ITU World number 1 and 3 and Greg Bennett at over 40 is still killing the races around the world, Matt Reed who finish second here last year, 7 of us in total who all could be on the podium, needless to say not really a race where you want to have an off day.
With Javier Gomez in the field we all knew the pace would be on at the start and thought it’d be interesting to see how long we could keep up for. Well that was all of about 100m’s for me! I had a decent enough swim coming out of the water with Matt Reed in 4th place around 30sec from the lead so not to bad and with the company around I felt it was a good position to be in heading out onto the bike.
The bike leg was awesome, nice smooth and clean roads, a few undulations and one long gradual climb half way through. I felt pretty good getting started, strong but maybe not the extra gear I needed to ride with Gomez and Bennett but enough to keep a fast pace with Brian and Matt, so we cranked out the km’s and enjoyed a fast ride.
Coming of the bike I knew my running wasn’t the greatest so I tried to settle into my own rhythm and not to get too caught up with the pace of the others. The run course was really cool, reminds me of the Alcatraz course, meandering tracks, a mixture of off road, paved, cobbled sections, plenty of stairs you name it, it had it!
Coming in 5th with that field I was pretty happy with the race especially after the build-up I had back home in winter…still plenty to work on for kicking in to my summer season but a good start.
It was nice to hang out after the race and watch the streams of athletes coming in; also getting a free Chinese massage from 5 people was a funny experience.
So while I am here I am making the most of the new destination, heading to the famous great wall of China, the silk markets, the forbidden city etc, I love getting to see the different cultures, history of countries…
Next up I race in Weihei on Sunday, so a little turn over but will be cool.