My last race in Hungary had some positives and negatives. First half of the race went very well and then the wheels started to fall off.
I had a solid swim for my standards and exited the water 2:30 minutes behind the leaders. That put me in a solid position at the start of the bike. Together with Plese I made my way through the field. We passed quite a few guys and soon caught Degasperi and Flander. However, after one hour the power started to drop. Despite, bad second half I was still in a good position entering T2. There were only 3 guys ahead of us. Raelert was alone at the front and behind him were Kovacic and Steger.
Usually I can run reasonably well even when I kill my legs on the bike. This time was an exception. Just like in Aix, I could barely hold the pace I usually hold during full ironman. Second half of the run was a little bit better but still below average. I crossed the line in 8th place.
I was experimenting with training in the last 2 months with a goal of putting some speed into the legs. Maybe that’s not the type of training for me. On the other hand I was not rested enough for this race as I put bigger focus on Ironman 70.3 Pescara following weekend. After Pescara we will see if I was just not rested enough or I need to go back to the training that worked before.