Two weeks ago I was in Pucon- Chile to compete my first race of the season.
I was training hard for this race since beginning of December, I won that race last year and I knew it would be a hard Day keep my title once another two athlete whose won that race before were in the start line: Daniel Fontana – ITA ( 2005) and Oscar Galindes -ARG (2003/2004/2006/2007).
In a very Sun shinny morning we start the race at 9 AM, everything was going as I planed and with 10km on the bike I was in leader following by Fontana and Emilio D’ Aquino, both from Italy. The 90 km bike curse it is divide by two lap, with a U- turn in the end of each leg. In the first return I was everything under control and I could check the difference to Oscar was still over 2 minutes, so… I took the decision to break away from the group and go solo on the bike once they were just seating behind me and I knew if they don’t put their faces a little bit on the wind they could run fast.
All was working very well until 20km to go on the bike when I start to strangle a little bit with the head wind and I slow down the pacing, that made Oscar close the gap and we start the hilly run pretty much together,
He was very strong on the up hills and I was using my long steps to go fast on the down hills , we runs side by side for 15km when He attack once again on steepest Hill and I was not able to keep with him.
I end up finishing my day in 2nd position, even improving my total time in more than a minute than last year i was not able to keep my title over there, however I Know I put a very good race together what shows my preparation early on the season it is on the right direction what makes me very happy.