ITU Pan American Champs – 6th: I’ll take it

Posted on May 20, 2009

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On May 11th I said goodbye to the OTC in Chula Vista to head off for my first block of racing: ITU PATCO Champs on May 16 and the ITU Austin Conti Cup on May 25. I flew to Fort Worth, TX to train and stay with Barrett Brandon for just over 2 weeks. Fort Worth is conveniently located exactly between Oklahoma City and Austin (3 hrs apart from both).

Swim exit with Barrett and Seymour

Swim exit with Barrett and Seymour

The PATCO Champs didn’t play out as I would’ve liked, but nonetheless I salvaged a decent 6th place finish. The swim was brutal but I made it out alive and at the back of the lead pack, 20 seconds down from the leader. However, a fast early pace on the bike allowed a small group of 7 (ultimately 6 – one flatted) to get away. I was riding in the chase pack. It was the most disorganized and unmotivated pack I’ve ever been in. We lost 3 minutes to the breakaway. With 5k to go, our pack was caught by the second chase group, and we formed into one massive, slow, 40-man pack. I attacked going into transition in order to circumvent the chaos of t2. I outran everybody from my pack and caught one guy from the breakaway to nab 6th place. It wasn’t a great result, but given the situation I have to be satisfied with it. It also brought my ranking into the top-50 in the world for the first time ever! My full race report is up on xtri.com.

Leading my pack out of t2

Leading my pack out of t2

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