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.
In the next two weekends I have two races coming up. This Saturday I’m racing Keszthely triathlon in Hungary and in the week after Ironman 70.3 Pescara. Keszthely is half-ironman distance event and from what I heard the level of organisation is very good. The level of competition last year was quite high and it looks like this year it will be even higher. Training has been going well lately and I’m looking forward to test the legs on the race course again.