I arrived Friday into Huston, Texas to then be picked up by Mitch Robins and his home-stay family The lovely Gibbons. I firstly wanted to thank them for making me feel so at home and looking after us Aussie boys over the weekend at your beautiful property.
So game day went like this. I had a reasonable swim, coming out in the middle of the second pack. I then went onto ride the fastest bike split of the day with a 2:07:58 helping me ride myself into 2nd position. Many thanks to Ivan From Retul for getting me dialled back onto my stead (Giant Trinity).
Earlier during the week Andrew from Newton gave me the opportunity to test the a prototype of a newton shoe that they gave to the Olympic runners to wear. I found the shoe to be very light weight and fast but also stable enough for me to have the confidence to go hard. I went on to post the second fastest run time being 1:14:24. Overall I had to settle for 2nd place, not a bad result considering I only got to the states 2 weeks earlier.
Following Galveston 70.3 Ironman I had two weeks to prepare for New Orleans 70.3 Ironman. So the weather in Boulder hasn’t been ideal for training due to the sever cold and constant snow, I also had a niggle in my hip that was not 100% come race morning.
The swim went to my usual swim standard of around front of the second pack, I was happy where I was positioned thus far in the race. Onto the bike I wasn’t feeling the way I did in Texas, my hip was pinching me but still managed to do a 2:08 putting me in 4th position off the bike. My run was damaged due to my hip, I didn’t have my usual spring in my step, in turn causing me to fade to 8th position. Lets just say I was happy to see the finish line!
I also wanna give a big shout out to my boy Mitch Robins for his come back after a year of racing getting 6th and 5th and posting a Smokin 1.12 at Nola.
Big thanks again to all my wonderful sponsors: Scody, Giant, Newton, Daikin, Endura, Altitude Training Systems, Shimano, Blue Seventy, Oakley, Garmin, Continental Tyres, Jet Black Cycling and of cause my Coach Grant Giles from Team Aeromax.
Looking forward to getting back to Australia.
Missing my girls!
See you all in Busso