Echternach Sprint Triathlon

July 3, 2016

Well I'll try to keep this one short and sharp!

My body pulled up very ordinary after racing 2 x 70.3s in three weeks. First week following Luxembourg 70.3 I didn't do much training at all as I had a few niggles and was honestly too sore. The following week I picked up the flu which took me longer than I hoped to shake off.

Going into my next race, after putting together a few solid days of training and chatting with my coach, we changed the original plans of racing the Olympic distance to training through and racing the draft legal sprint.

Swim 1 lap lake 750m
Bike 5 laps flat 20km
Run 2 laps flat few technical parts 5km

For the swim start, I lined up starting on the right and we were off. I lead the main group around the first two turn buoys with one super fish already in the distance. I really struggled during the swim and ended up hanging onto the lead group exiting the water in 5th.

Into T1, I thought I had a good transition, but obviously not! The three other athletes I had come out with were already up the road by about 15secs. Well it stayed that way the whole ride. I pushed hard the first two laps to close the gap but it just didn't happen.

Into T2 I noticed some athletes running out in just normal running gear and thought that was a bit weird. I ran the first lap solid finding my legs and finished off strong passing a few runners. I still didn't know my position until my Luxembourg friends told me that I finished second. I was still confused but later found out that there were teams mixed in the race which explained the guys I came out of the water with leaving me for dead in T1.

Kudos to the young German guy that won overall. He swam off the front, rode off the front, and had the quickest run of the day. Still happy to be back on the podium and the body is feeling good here in the French Alps preparing for my last race in Europe for the season. Some big hours in the mountains coming up

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