I was looking forward to racing the Auckland leg of the series as I believe it keeps the racing honest. It’s a tough bike course with many hills involved.
I was really nervous the week leading into the race but also excited to get the race underway. Training had gone well although having flu shortly after Abu Dhabi. I knew if all goes well I knew I would do very well.
I placed myself well in the swim and did what I needed to on the bike and be in the front group into T2. I may have had some hydration issues during the race which caused cramping in my legs during the run. I still felt good and had a race for fourth on my hands against Fernado Alarza and Ryan Balie. In the last 500m Alarza surged and I couldn’t run any much faster without possibly pulling something in my leg and settled for 6th.
I’m really happy with the result. It’s an improvement from Abu Dhabi. Olympic qualification is looking good at this stage too and I hope to keep up this form.
I’m heading back to my hometown where I will prepare for my next race, WTS Cape Town, where I hope to do well on home soil!