November 14, 2012 Leave a comment
What a great experience this was! This was my first world championship. It has left me craving more. I am so glad I could take part in such a great event! If you have never been to Maui I highly recommend a visit. Stunning scenery, beautiful waters, lots to do, great places to eat and fantastic beaches. The night before the race, mother nature in the form of a tsunami tried to stop the race. But other than being evacuated from our condo right on the water, the tsunami ended up being a non event. Better safe than sorry.
As for the race not my best performance. Such a tough and taxing course which makes for a great challenge which I wasn’t quite ready for. After a great swim things just didn’t work out. With lots of elevation you really have to have your climbing legs. All the mistakes I made I can only blame on myself. Learnt lots and would love to come back with the knowledge I now have and give it a real crack.
I was lucky enough to have the second fastest swim of the day behind eventual pro winner Javier Gomez. Being the fastest age group swimmer I received a Xterra Brand wetsuit. At the presentation dinner triathlon legend Greg Welsh presented and gave a huge wrap to my Dad and swim coach, Kevin Neilson. He thanked him for improving his swimming so much. Very proud of the old man, not that I wasn’t already.
If you are looking for a change from ordinary triathlon I really recommend giving an Xterra a go. They hold them in great locations and the courses are always challenging.
I would like to thank all my training partners and coach Pete from HPT (http://www.highperformancetri.com/)
for putting up with me at training. A big thank you to my family who came over to support me. It was great that my 80 year old grandma was able to watch me race.