I couldn’t have asked to kick off this trip in a better way. First stop on my 4 race tour around the world at the Ironman 70.3 Los Cabos went down a treat. My body recovered well from the trip up from NZ on Thursday and with the recovery and training going really well after Ironman Kona things were either going to go awesomely or there would be a little failure to launch!
To kick things off this morning when I arrived in Transition I checked my tires to make sure we were good to go – it’s sometimes amateur hour with me, forgot to go over them yesterday when we checked our bikes in. I was gutted to find a long staple end sticking in there and when I removed it sure enough the tire deflated. I had to use my race spare then and just pray that nothing happened during the race. Not the ideal start to race morning…
Leaving home I was hungry to race and I managed to carry that energy with me out there feeling good and in control from start to finish. I can’t think of the last time I was at the front of the swim group in a really good field but I found myself there pushing the pace for 2 thirds of the swim and with a sneaky swim exit I managed to take the fastest swim on the day, and later go on to have the fastest bike and run to finish 1st down here in Cabo.
Getting on the bike there was Mat Chrabot who I had a good battle with in Cozumel earlier this year and would go on to finish 2nd, Kevin Collington 3rd and Tim O’Donnell 4th. With the hard undulations throughout the bike it was pretty tough to find good rhythm but I felt good hitting the highway and decided to test to see where the guys were at. Soon there was only Mat and myself out front and we would build our lead to a little over 2minutes by the time we started the run.
The finish of the bike was very interesting. The team here built a massive platform/ramp to loop under the highway on a dried up riverbed. I may have been going a little quick over this section to open a gap on Mat and over shot one of the corners and found myself in the dirt, fortunately stayed upright.
Good warm climates, fast roads and a few gentle undulations made for pretty good running conditions. The legs had good spring in them and I was able to get what I needed out of the run to hopefully bring up my form a little for the Island House triathlon next weekend and carry that through to Bahrain 70.3.
Fly to Tampa on Monday and stay with my buddy who is the face of Oxi-Clean before we fly down to the Bahamas for some #paininparadise. Thankfully my clothes be clean and smell nice.
Check in after next weekend