Well I am on my way home and had a few days to think about my race.
Everyone has asked me if I am happy with my result and at first I couldn't find anything to be happy about. The way I got the penalty ruined the race for me, thats all I could think about the first few days after the race. My end result was effectively ruined but I could have pulled the pin early on.
I didn't though and battled on and got myself a Kona finish. Next year I can come back stronger with first hand experience under my belt.
The swim was pretty easy as Potts pulled out and no one wanted to take the lead. I just sat in the bunch and took a few elbows to the chest by someone who hasn't a clue. I got myself in to a good position coming out the water and on to the bike. After the first like hill and then descent back down palani road to the first turn around point the group bunched and I got a penalty. I knew I had to take it at the next penalty box but was not sure where it was. It was frustrating, the marshall on his power trip wouldn't tell me why I received the penalty and he "kindly" told me to shut up. At about 45k I saw the penalty box and stopped to watch my race just disappear from me. The marshals didn't even know I had to stop so not very well organised. Should I carry on?! After 4 minutes Raelart and Per rode past me so I got back on the road and rode as fast as possible to catch them. I decided to carry on as I could see stragglers up in front. They all grouped and I caught them at the Hawi turnaround. It was a pretty solid descent and I ran out of gears and got dropped by a few of the group and a few dropped off the back behind me and so I was on my own again. I then rode on my own until the last 7 miles.
I got out on to the run and didn't feel too bad, I was in a good rhythm and getting my fluids in. I saw what position I was in and my head really started to fight my body. I was pretty far back. That group was bigger than I thought on the bike. I had a pretty bad patch from about 20k to 30k and lost my pace. I started to over take a few guys from U Place and remembered Mathias telling me carry on no matter what people drop out. Coming back on to the highway after the energy lab I had already caught another 3 guys and so decided to crack on and managed to find a good rhythm again. I finished 24th male pro. Not what I wanted but finishing has made me stronger mentally. After a poor cycle in Cozumel a few weeks ago I managed to find my riding legs again after a few adjustments in my bike position so that was really pleasing.
The overall experience of Kona has been great, I have learnt lots and already planning my campaign for next season. Currently taking a few days to rest up and will get back in to the swing of things when I am home. I want to say a big thank you to cervelo they were awesome all week and really looked after us. On running, singha beer, 3t and rotor. Also a big thank you to Sands Beach for helping me out with accommodation that was a massive help.