I have won the short course race here, and been 7th, and 2nd for the half. Its a brutal course and a big event, one of the last big non WTC events with a nice crop of elite athletes. I got a good swim start but was a bit surprised when I got to the turn around and saw 3 people ahead of me. GAH!
I pushed the pace on the swim back but couldn’t chase back onto the podium by the time we hit lad but did close the gap in T1. Out on the bike I felt flat for the first half. My power was more like full IM the half. After the first half my legs came good and I started feeling better and came back but couldn’t find my way to the front and realistically the top 3 were FLYING. I took the first 5k of the run out hard and then realized I couldn’t catch anyone and cruised in for my 3rd top 10 here.
I am off the North American calendar a bit after building to Israman the full ironman distance at the end of January where I was then forced to take a break to recover. So I have only been back at it for a few months and these guys have been at it all year. But I took some good early season (early for me) hope away from this one, and excited to build to Israman 2020!