Dementsprechend glücklich zeigte er sich nach dem Rennen:
“Well it was a successful race last weekend in Perth, where I finished 15th in the ITU World Long Distance Championships.
The race was held right in the middle of Perth, with a 3km swim in the Swan River, a four-lap 80km cycle along the foreshore, and four-lap 20km run to finish. Race day saw a strong wind, which made the swim and bike really tough, and then temperatures over 30deg on the run, making it a real strength race. I had a fairly strong opening swim, and then rode well, making good use of the improvements in strength I have made over the past few months. I was feeling strong when I got to the run, and was able to push hard the whole way, running 1hr:12mins for the 20km, which was the 4th fastest run.
So I was pleased with the result, but at the same time know that there is still plenty of room for improvement, especially on the bike where I am getting stronger and more experienced with every race. A 80 or 90km timetrial is still a lot different to a 40km drafting race in a bunch!
I’ve recovered really well from the race, and after a week off have decided to race the first Stroke and Stride event this Wednesday. I’ve also decided to race at the Tauranga Half Ironman in January again, and this race will be the main focus of the next couple of months. After finishing 6th there in my first Half Ironman last year, I’m looking forward to a better result this time around.”
1 Timothy O’Donnell USA 03:48:15 ( 00:40:10 – 01:53:37 – 01:12:00 )
2 Sylvain Sudrie FRA 03:49:22 ( 00:40:05 – 01:53:27 – 01:13:05 )
3 Martin Jensen DEN 03:49:33 ( 00:40:08 – 01:53:47 – 01:12:48 )
15 Liam Scopes NZL 04:02:39 ( 00:43:35 – 02:03:43 – 01:12:39 )