Swim 26:01 (19th)
Bike 2:13:04 (5th)
Run 1:20:18 (4th)
The strength and depth of the competition in Bahrain was as strong as any world championship race. I was going to have to be firing at 100% to come out on top against this field. Unfortunately for me, I didn't bring a good enough game to be competitive against the best on the day. But the thing about not winning is you usually spend more time analysing aspects of why you didn't win. This race I'll put down to a great learning experience. Hopefully this will help to make me a better athlete for future races. That said... I think winning without learning lessons is still more enjoyable than losing and learning.
Out on the bike course, it was an unusual experience to have so many closed-to-traffic lanes available to us. Big, wide, sweeping, 4-lane highways for little me and my Shiv. On the bike I could feel the fatigue in my legs and glutes. I could feel my bum working super hard with every pedal stroke and my left quad was giving painful, jabbing reminders that it wasn't coping with the pace. I passed some girls along the way but it was on the couple of out and back sections I could see I was not making up time on the leaders. By the end of the bike my quads were pretty heavy and drained and my hip flexors were tightening.