After a long plane flight from Europe and arriving 7 hours ahead of the time we have been living at for the past 5 months, Korea awaited us for the last 5 days of our overseas trip. I have heard many things about Tongyeong especially the range of food choices and the lack of things to do. I am more than happy to live off rice and tuna for a few days but I was more worried about how long it’s been since my Olympic distance triathlon. Tongyeong does offer adamant facilities to swim, ride and run pre race.
Coming onto the run with the heat and humidity, I had to be smart about hydration and how fast I was running. The first 5km felt really comfortable running with Czesnik of Poland. Having only done sprint distances over the past few months it felt unusual having two laps to go. The run course was interesting with lots of corners and sharp turns. I could see 3rd and 4th in the distance and it felt like we were slowly catching or keeping basically the same distance. Within the 3rd lap, Czesnik started to put some time into me, having a very strong second half. By the last lap, it wasn’t much that separated us all but I knew I had a comfortable 5th place. 5th is the best I have finished in a World Cup but this race showed more than ever that I just gave the race away so easily. I am happy there were a few confident aspects out of the race but otherwise I am looking forward to Auckland World Championships in 3 weeks.
Thanks to Triathlon Korea for putting on such a great event, Michael Barwick for massaging me without the right equipment ( a bedside table does the job J ) and Jamie Turner my coach for looking everything that we needed to race as elite athletes this weekend.