I am still digesting the ITU worlds. Olympic is not my favourite distance, intensity is high and swim has a greater impact on result than an IM or 70.3… However, getting good at OD is pretty certain to help my longer distance performance.
Overall the ITU could learn a lot from IM about putting on an event. After all it is not cheap, so claiming low budget is not a good answer. Very simply they do not make the athletes feel special, I think that we are there solely to fund the pro event… I don’t have an issue with that in principle, but they should put on an effort, after all they do represent the best AG athletes in the world
Lake was lovely, warm, crystal clear, stunning: my swim was epically awful, nothing happened, loads of feet to draft, just so unbelievably slow. I need to do something different this winter
I loved the bike course, hilly and probably the most technical course I have ridden almost 600m elevation, which included 2 16% climbs. Had 2 big squeeky bum moments. Did a 90% IF and held my own against the short course specialists. First outing for P3X and very pleased, as Shiv is not so good on technical course
I was wondering how I would run off the P3X, I have done one Brick, and thought that I would be fine. And that is how it went, started off at 4:07/km, then the first hill, a brutal 200m 25%, in fact the next 2 km were steep uphill the steep downs: Clearly ITU don’t believe in flat runs. It was a 2 lap course, second time actually wasn’t so bad as I knew what was coming. I was passed by very few people, but I was constantly passing people, so felt like one of the strong runners. I am delighted with a 42:07 10km run on that course.
Felt absolutely shattered at the end, but 1 hour later and it feels no more than a good training session. Ride was great practice for Nice, and I may try for a sub 1h30 run in Nice… Unfortunately feel that swim is a right off