At the start of the year, Phuket wasn't really on my radar of races to do this year. I was planning on resting this time of the year. With the setback of my broken hip in August though, I didn't want to be stuck sitting on the couch for the last 4 months of the year. Now that I think about it though, it would have been kind of sweet. That is a lot of Playstation time that I could have gotten in.
After getting a couple of hit outs with Rev3 SC and Austin 70.3, I realized that I could train hard without doing any further damage to my hip. It was great to have Fraser and Barney visiting in Austin to help me keep motivated for training.
I had a bit of a setback at the end of October with the death of my father. I traveled back to Australia to say goodbye and spent 10 days there without a bike or pool. It gave me a little bit of time to focus on my running though.
Damn, if I knew how long the flight was to Phuket, I might have changed my mind. It's a bitch to get to from America. Once I got to Phuket, it was good to have Chris Legh there as a training partner for the week. I think we spent more time drinking coffee than we did training though.
As we were checking our bikes in the night before the race we had an awesome rain storm come in. Chris certainly made me aware of how slippery the roads were, referring back to my crash in August. Oh the mind games.
I had a bit of a drama in T2 with my transition bag (oh, how I hate these bags). Why can't be go back to the old school shoes on the ground system? Transition bags suck. The bag got stuck around the peg and I couldn't get it off. That set me back about 100m from the leaders, which were Raelert, Paul Matthews, Dave Dellow, and Ambrose.
Luckily, the rain had kept the temperatures really low, so I pushed the first mile really hard and managed to catch everyone except for Raelert, who runs like a freak. I felt in control for the next few miles and settled in for a hard race to hold my position.
I'd like to say thanks to all my sponsors this year, especially Rev3, Recovery Pump, Kestrel, TYR, First Endurance, Rudy Project, and Shimano. You've really made a huge difference in my performances.