Today, I raced in my 1st ever European race here in Switzerland. I was lucky to get a ride from Erica as she was also racing in this event. We left Leysin at about 4am, as the drive to the race site would take about 2hrs and the race would start at 8am. We reached race site with enough time to spare. I registered myself and started to prepare myself for the race.
The start of the swim was very rough. I managed to get out of the main “battering area” pretty quickly. I positioned myself to the far left of the main pack. We emerged from the water as a pack of about 10 guys. I quickly removed my awesome Blueseventy wetsuit (which kept me super warm and made me go fast) and ran to the transition. It was quite a far run from the water to the transition so I had enough time to get my Blueseventy wetsuit down to my hips.
I entered the transition and quickly ran to my speed machine, my Cervelo P2. Unfortunately it took me a little longer than I hoped to remove my wetsuit and by the time I mounted the bike, the pack was a little ahead of me already. I gave chase, and within a few kilometres, I managed to attach myself to the main pack. It was nice bike course with a little of everything. Some rolling hills, long flats, downhills and some technical turns. I came off the bike and slipped on my flashy Avi-Bolts 2, and ran off.
The run was a 2 lap 2.5km course. I gave it my all in the run. As I made the final U-turn, I looked at the guys ahead of me to see if there was anyone in my age group. I didn’t see anyone in my age group and I ran super hard the last 1km.As I crossed the finish line, I looked down to take out my timing chip but, it wasn’t there!!! It must have come off at the swim as there was a point where there was a guy who kept pulling my leg. It was the same leg my chip was on so it must have been that. I tried to talk to the organisers but they said,”Im sorry, we can’t do anything.” I was pretty disappointed as I didn’t get a rewarded. My name was not even on the results.
Oh well, sometimes unlucky things happen. The only thing you can do is to take the good points out of it. My good points were, I felt very strong throughout the race (something which i have never felt before!), I enjoyed myself during the race as it was a nice course, it was really well organised and it was my first European race.
Travis aka HULK