I decided to head over to South Korea to start my season to gain the experience of racing in Asia and also cause I was heading over to watch Kona the following weekend. Pre race didn’t go exactly to plan as I arrived a day late to race destination due to a late flight therefore missing my connection but the organising crew sorted me out which I was very grateful for. Coming into the race was a bit of an unknown regarding my form and my competitors, as I was versing most of them for the first time.
The swim wasn’t the best as I started well but lost a touch with a group about 300m in and was left to swim rest of the way solo just trying to limit the damage. As I exited the water I was unsure of exactly where I was in the race and set off trying to catch those athletes in front of me. About 15km into the ride I caught up to a small group of individuals and was a bit happier in the position I was in now but still unsure of how many people where up the road. The first u turn was about 25km in and I saw Anthony Coates flying off the front solo and our group was the next on the road. The remaining off the bike resulted in frustration on my part which lead me to doing some silly errors. I was getting annoyed off a couple of people drafting in our group and instead of riding my own race, I tried to throw in surge after surge. This didn’t result in any success of breaking up the group and just resulted in exhausting myself come the end of the bike.
Onto the run my legs were extremely heavy and I quickly came to the conclusion that it was just going to be a run of survival for myself as the podium ran off into the distance. I battled on through the run not losing a place from where I exited T2 in to finish in 5th place with a time of 4hrs 4min. I was disappointed not to gain a podium but other individuals were stronger/smarter on the day. I did however come away with valuable lessons learnt from the race which I’m determined to implement in future races. Big thanks to organisers lead by Eddie Kim who put on an amazing event and of course my sponsors who provide me with the best gear possible, without it none of this would be possible.