2nd at Florida 101 Triathlon

Here is a race report from my race today at the Inaugural Florida 101(101miles distance in total) triathlon.
I had 3 full days before the race to get over the flight and loosen up, I felt better each day and was looking forward to the race today, I have to say I was quite nervous so it was good to get started.

I had a good swim start and lead to the first bouy about 300m, then a girl came past and I sat on her feet, she was swimming fast and we dropped everyone bar Leanda Cave, so 2 girls and me, but I was ahead of all the men so I was happy to follow this super fast lady. I did lose this girls feet towards the end but still emerged out of transition ahead of both the girls and with a healthy gap on most of the men. I rode pretty solid and lead the race for about 25miles before the eventual winner came past and I was unable to follow at his speed. In the end he put a big gap in to me, and also 5 others came past during the ride and I was feeling a little week towards the end and so not overly confident of a good run. However I got of the bike and felt good. I caught 3rd position quite quickly and still felt good so kept pushing on, 2nd place was Marino Vanhoenaker(I think he was top 5 at Hawaii last year) he started to struggle a little so I caught him around half way, but I still had a big gap to the leader, he was running pretty strong. I took some time out of him but the gap was much to big and I was just under 9mins behind at the finish.

I am happy with my race, I swam and ran well. I was disapionted with my bike ride, but I will get faster here. This result is step in the right direction and another step toward world domination;) No seriously it is step closer to where I want to get, so a satisfying day.

A quick mention about Bella, I won’t say too much as she will put a report on herself. She really dug in, she was not on a great day for her but she plugged away and did great to finish with a solid performance. I’m very proud of her.

Congrats Hilary too, you looked great out there.

Next up is Ironman Brazil in 3weeks time. So some good training to get in before hand and then look to race well there.

Thanks for reading
Stephen

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