I didn't really see any swimmers I knew were fast at the race, so I figured I wouldn't have a problem leading out of the water. Turns out I was wrong, and ended up getting smoked by super swimmer Brett Saunders. I was back a bit further than I wanted to be (and didn't know if this guy was a fast cyclist or not).
I saw super swimmer Brett up the road, and put in a bit of extra effort to catch up. I got into the lead in only a few km, and just held my effort steady for the rest of the 20km. I had ridden hard the day before the race, so I didn't know if my legs would be feeling great for the hilly and windy sections that made up the course. I would say it was a solid effort...(medium effort...?)
With a pretty good lead off the bike, I found a nice tempo pace and got into a good running rhythm. My legs were feeling a bit fatigued at this point, but with only a 5km run, there were no issues. Crossed the line first and got my first win of the season!
Funny thing this winning...I would probably say I feel a greater sense of accomplishment by pushing myself to the limit and finishing second than cruising to an easy win. But nothing like a win to get things rolling in the right direction. In a couple weeks I am off to Magog for the Age Group National Champs. I'll be getting nice and tapered up for this one, so expect a good hard race. Lets keep this win streak going!!