Winning the Elite African Championships earlier this year and now winning the 5150 African Championships is something I am really pleased to have accomplished in the same year.
The day started out very cold during the swim, but slowly started warming up throughout the bike and run. The cooler weather made it really nice for racing.
I had a comfortable swim, making sure I was opening a reasonable gap over my competitors and keeping a lot of reserves for later. I had about a 2 minute lead going through T1 on to the bike.
I kept well within my limits for the first 20km and then assessed what was happening behind me to decide to go faster or keep my pace as needed. It was clear the Frenchman, Antony Costes, was having a good bike leg so I picked up the pace but he still caught me with 6km to go. I made sure I stayed with him to T2 so he didn’t have too much of an advantage over me on the start of the run.
I had a good transition and had a small gap on Antony. I felt good on the run and at about 2 kilometers, I picked up the pace and started opening a gap. I continued opening the gap and won by 2 and a half minutes.
I was really happy with my result and form on the day as I had been down with flu two weeks before and my pre-race plan was disrupted.
Congratulations to Antony and Wikus Webber for completing the podium. Thank you to 5150 for a fantastic event and well done to all those who competed. Support out there was fantastic, thank you!
Thank you to my sponsors for their continued support; FINIS, Huub Design, Cytomax, Classic Eyes and Puma.
I have one more race in a lovely area, Troutbeck, Zimbabwe for the 2013 Africa Cup before I can enjoy a nice rest from a successful season.
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