Challenge Taiwan Half

Posted by Dylan on 29 April 2015

It was great to head back to Taiwan for a 3rd time, especially with the less daunting task of racing over the half distance rather than the full.

The form wasn't too bad after a busy summer in NZ, but the real goal was to race hard and have a great hit out. 

With Terenzo in town it was always going to be a tough ask to beat one of the best in the world over the half distance. 

I swam hard to spread out the field a bit and settled in on the bike until T and fellow Christchurch athlete Mike Phillips came last. After that it was game on and we rode well together to distance ourselves from the rest of the field and bar a complete melt down on the run, set ourselves up for a podium each and a kiwi 1,2,3.

My legs weren't there when I jumped off the bike and it took a while to find them. During the time I was looking T had run away from me and so had Mike. However, Mike was still within pouncing distance and I slowly pulled him in over the last 10km.

In the last couple km's there were 2 navigation incidents, and cutting a long story short, what should have been quite an epic sprint between Mike and I never eventuated. 

It was good to see Mike have a great race and fight until the end. As the results read Mike was 2nd and I was 3rd, but the navigation issues were resolved and everyone is happy.

Congrats to T, who is now 1 race down in his 4 weekends in a row, that takes in much of the world. Pretty impressive!

For me it was a solid day and all is tracking well for Ironman Cairns in mid June.

cheers

Dylan

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