This triathlon was one of the few races under the ITU umbrella. Which, surprisingly enough, I have never done one. Additionally it was a draft legal race, which was interesting since I had to borrow a road bike to be able to race (flashback to Barcelona days!).
Another thing. This race was a qualifier to get a spot for the 2019 ITU Triathlon World Championships in Switzerland. I knew it was a long shot, but what the hell, you never know!
We went to Sarasota with Bernie. The race fall under the ITU World Cup series and there were a lot of young Pros trying to win this competitive race. For us the amateurs, the story was no different. The level for a world championship qualifier was insane. By now, I was just hoping not to finish last!
Unfortunately (at least for me!), the race was switched to a duathlon because the lake where our swim was going to be held was FULL OF SHIT (yes… literally!!!). Being running my worst discipline, this was my goodbye hopes for worlds, and my first duathlon ever.
Basically duathlon works as 2.5km run, 18km bike and a 5km run. So yes, lots of running which I hate. We lined up on the start line and started the run. Within 2 minutes, I felt I was the last one running... these people were insanely fast!!!!
It even got worse when I got to T1. THERE WERE NO BIKES!!! I don’t think how much more unmotivational it can get haha.
So basically I was with myself alone vs the world. On the bike, 2 roadies caught up to me and then we started working together on the pull. At least this was nice and I was not by myself. The bike I felt it was nice because it was a 3 loop course around the lake (that was full of shit!).
I started the run and just did the best I could. The weather was perfect for running, so in a certain way I enjoyed it. Actually I was happy, because it was my first duathlon :)
Thank you Michi for borrowing me your cool and super light road bike!
9th place of 12 (At least I was not last!)