Seoul WCS Race Report

Posted on May 15, 2010

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Traveling to Seoul last week was my first time ever in Asia. It was a cool experience but luckily not too bizarre or foreign, so getting the right foods was pretty easy. The field at the Seoul WCS race was unbelievable stacked. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a quality of field like that before.

The swim was in the very cold Han River. The technical bike course was half in a park area and half on the main thoroughfares of Seoul. Same with the run. I had an okay swim. Great start but then got beat up a little going into the first turn buoy. I exited the water on the tail end of the giant 50+ man lead pack. When I got out on the bike I could see the big pack forming up ahead, but instead of going flat out 100% and bridging up on my own immediately I waited for a small group and we slowly but surely bridged up. I think the energy I saved by working with the group was worth not going off on my own initially. When I got out onto the run I felt pretty flat. My legs may have been a little toasted from doing so much sprinting on the bike. I ran okay. I placed 42nd and was in the 5% time cutoff for the first time in a WCS race. 3:30 seconds separated 1st from 40th, to give you an idea of how competitive it was.

All in all, this race was a bit like St. Anthony’s – not spectacular, pretty mediocre in fact, but no disasters, which for me is good coming off stomach cramps and a bike crash in Australia. It’s progress. I’m continuing to chip away and the results are slowly improving.

When I got back from Seoul I was terribly jet lagged and wrecked from the travel. I’ve taken this week pretty easy, but these next two weeks are going to be just about the toughest of the year. It is my finall build-up before Hy-Vee, triathlon’s million dollar race. I want to be on top form going into that as I’m sure it’ll be another stacked field.

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