So my trip to Barcelona turned out to be a holiday trip. One week before the race I did my first “run” after the accident. If you can call 20’ at 6:30 min/km a run. On Wednesday I run for the second time and it went much better. However, 20’ at 4:55 pace didn’t look promising.
Swimming was not going much better. I swam almost everyday to speed up the recovery. But all those swims were short, slow and painful. On Wednesday I had first swim that looked like a real session. Still, condition improved everyday, I did everything I could to speed up the recovery and I was quite optimistic before the race. Maybe that optimism is the reason for disappointment when reality kicked in later in the race.
I swam slower than usual but I still had a solid position in T1. Cigana, Lowe and Swoboda were with me in the group and later they caught the group. The swim drained me and I needed some time to recover so I lost touch already in transition.
I rode alone for entire 180km. Bachor was alone in the front and behind him a large group of 15-20 competitors formed. Gap was growing and when i reached T2 I was more than 10 minutes behind the group. Ribs were painful and after 2km I decided to quit. If I was in the group I would fight longer but still I don’t think I could finish the race in this condition.
Now it’s time for a short rest and then I’ll start to think about the next season.