16th in the worlds cream of the crop is not a bad day at the office. If you'd offered me 16 in Hamburg I'd have bitten your arm off. But this race had everyone in it, there was no-one missing from the line up that you'd expect to be in the top 20 I'd say.
In saying that, a taste of success gives you the desire for more. I was pretty confident by the race start that I belonged here now. My race number was 16, and I lined up next to Paula Findlay on the poontoon. I had a decent start, but lacked the speed in the first 400 to make it round the bouys without a fight. Then I felt like I was constantly swimming over people- wanting to swim faster than the people in front of me, but unable to get past. A poor swim meant second pack.
Nicola Spirig done all the work on the bike in our pack. And everyone knew it. Most of us were just trying to keep up. We didnt make any ground on the lead pack because they were blasting it too with McClarty on the front. By the final 2 laps I felt sort of normal and kept near the middle of the pack as the corners/ cobbles were tricky and Spirig tried to brakeaway (no surprise- you'd get pissed off if you were doing all the work too). Anyhow onto the run and I told myself that she'd be tired and so I should aim to stay with her on the run. I did and even felt better on the last 2 laps, to pass 7 or so people from the lead pack, running myself into 16th.
Again, my ranking has improved. 13th in the Olympic qualification list, 21st in the Dextro Energy WC Series, and 25th in the ITU points list. My aim this year was to put myself in a good position for the Olympic qalification for next year. To be ranked so high now is amazing.
Thanks to Stephen for this week, you were great. and Chris for always.
News on the TI junior front, Laura Casey just placed 9th in the Youth Olympics in Singapore! Flipping amazing girl. Go you. Also well done to Kerry in Geneva who came 8th in a European Cup race on Sunday too.
Next up is a TI camp in Ponresina, Switzerland. Its at altitude and we've been there before. Fantastic opportunity for me to work with Chris 'on site' in the lead up to the WCS Final in Budapest. Myself and Emma have qualified along with Ben & Laura in the junior races.
Ill keep updating.
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