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4° place at the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon

After victories in 2011 and 2013, and 2 times 5th in 2010 and 2012, this year I finished 4th. Not too bad in the 5 years existence of this prestigious triathlon!

 

The swim was perfect to me. I felt comfortable, mostly in the lead, on the 2 loop swim.
On the bike, very soon we were 7 athletes in the leading group. My plan was to put pressure from the beginning so I did a lot of work by leading the group and keeping the pace high. But in the end only 3 men dropped and we reached T2 still with 4 athletes together. The 200km went in 4h44min, so 4min faster compared to last year.

 

On the run I felt very soon I wasn’t on fresh legs anymore. After a few kilometers I found myself in 4th position but still in contact with 2nd and 3rd position (25 and 35 sec). Finally the last few kilometers of the 20km run course were too much for me and I finished 3min behind the winner Butterfield and one minute from the podium.

 

I’m in shape, that’s for sure. My tactics weren’t the best when I have a look back at how the race went. A good lesson for the next big races of the season!

 

See you soon!
Freddie