Coming to Lake Placid without my wife and son this year, I made it a short trip and arrived on Thursday night just in time to make press conference, media meetings, pro briefing and registration on Friday. Saturday I squeezed in some rest and check-in my equipment. Two weeks after 8:15 in Roth and my second place here last year, I felt pretty confident and decided to play wabank. Unlike my usual “do your own pace and race” I wanted to try fighting for the lead from the very beginning.
It worked great for the first part of the swim and I a managed to hang on in the lead group for the first third of the swim. It was too fast from there though and I had to drop to the next group to finish the swim some 4 minutes back on the lead.
With some 25km I got an information, that some 90 seconds ahead of me, there is a strong group of riders and I gave it all to catch to them. 30km of chasing that group well above my “comfort zone” brought me there and I settled behind the them to regroup. Not knowing, that Shortis and Ruble went off the front and others were not following them. Then I realised few minutes later, I had to jump into it again and once again appeared on my own between the groups. I managed to keep them in sight to the end of the first group, but that was it. Too exhausted, I just struggled to the end of the bike and was passed by another 3 riders without any power to join them. Onto the run, I managed to move from 9th to 6th in the first 10k, but that was it again. Too much intensity during swim and bike prevented me from running wild all the way and I only managed to guard my 6th place wearing my new Triathlon shorts. From next race on, I will probably have to come back to my usual scenario: do your own race and move towards the front in latter stages of the race.