To be honest, I haven't purchased 100MB of credit only to update my website. I submited a change in my whereabouts in the ADAMS system .
After a great summer in New Zealand I will be in France this afternoon but not home yet as I will stay 36hours in Paris for the ceremony of the day minus 100 until the London Olympics Games. This event is organized all over the world by national Olympic committees. It's an honor to be part of it and it's also a good way to promote our sport to everyone.
Last week, I raced the opening round of the World Triathlon Series in Sydney and I took the Bronze medal, 9 seconds behind the winner Steffen Justus and 2sec behind Richard Murray second.
The Sydney course still feels unreal! What a stunning place. A dive start in front of the opera house in clear blue water followed by the first transition in between the opera house and the Harbour Bridge and to finish a bike and run leg in between Macquarie Street and the botanic gardens. What an experience!
From that point, I was in the lead group.
Early on, James Elvery ( sweet bro) from New Zealand and Ivan Vassiliev from Russia broke away from the peloton and did an impressive 40km bike together to start the run with more than a minute ahead of us, the chasers.
My focus on the bike was to stay out of trouble as the course was designed very tight and I noticed that there was a lot of nervosity in the bunch: Sydney was an Olympic Qualifying race for the NZers, Australians and Canadians.
In transition 2, the challenge was to catch the leaders as soon as possible.
The pace was ON straight away and after the first of four laps we ( Murray, Justus and I) were only 30 sec behind Vassiliev.
Sydney was different to Mooloolaba ( the world cup I won three weeks ago), the run course was flat, more speed was required and when Steffen Justus surged with 3k to go I gave "all in" to try to catch him.
There were nothing I could do, he was stronger (harder, better, faster too ?!) and I realized that I was burning a bit myself. Richard Murray passed me again and drop me with 800m to go.
I couldn't respond and crossed the line third!
It was a good day and the way it all happened is confirming my form and the way my training will go over the next 6 weeks up until Madrid WTS.
I am really pleased to achieve my base training on a solid result. Over the last four months, I raced four times and I felt my performances increasing the right way. Ok this time I didn't win but I guess I am where I am supposed to be.
Full credit to Steffen and Richard for their performances, they earned it in a gutsy way.
I also have a little story from this week end, it's not a big deal ( ok, yes it is a big deal ;-) ) : In this early season, I am taking the first spot on the world ranking (ITU point list) for the first time of my career. Andrea insured her leadership on the women's ranking ( by finishing also 3rd in Sydney) ! Even if it is going to change in the next weeks, you can't blame me for being pleased with that !
For more infos, video, full results and et press release .:.click here.:.
Photos are courtesy of Delly Carr and Clare Clarke.
Before leaving you I would like to share with the scientists of my readers my powerdata ( rollercoaster photo below) from Sydney with the race course and a few numbers:
-AVG Power: 4,43Watts/kg ( w/ 48 peaks over 10Watts/kg).
-Best 5min: 5,9 Watts/kg
-Best 1min: 7,6Watts/kg