The ironic part is that this pic is of me crossing the line in 8h48 in 6th place of a ironman. A year ago, i would have been on cloud number nine. But today, i just walk straigh pass the finish line and try to shallow the pills.
The race started well with a good swim. I was on TJ feet and gumbel was setting a good pace. I came out of the water in 5th and got on the bike and rode the first lap so so easy. it was a smart move as pretty much everyone rode the first loop so hard and started to blow up by the second lap of the bike. I was on the same strategy as jordan to increase the effort at each loop and i was so excited to see that i was actually keeping the leader with in 6min and actually gain back on them on the second loop. I was feeling great and only increasing the pace slowly as the ride went on. I also had a short chat with jordan a bit before half way...he was on a good mood and so was i!
Close to the end of the second loop, as i was coming back to the hot corner, a police motorcycle coming in the opposite way decided to cross the cone line and come face to face with me. I had no choice but to take a hard right on the side of the road and hit a huge bump(put hole or a grill??) It hitted really hard and my handlebar moved down. I was now riding with the extension pointing toward the tire. I could also feel a bump on the front wheel and was really hoping i didnt break my zipp 808. Nop, it was broken, i had a flat! I jumped off the bike to repair as quickly as possible but made a stupid mistake of now opening the valve of the spare so when i plugged the co2 cartridge, nothing went in.... I then had to run to the ''hot corner'' on my bike shoes were i SCREAMED at Paul Huddle where i could find a new wheel!!! He pointed me towards a mechanic tent and sended someone to help me out. before getting to the tent, i had to cross the most busy intersection of the race with tons of athlete coming by on both side. I was simply going crazy... this was a total nigthmare.... finaly made it to the tent and the mechanic took my wheel and proced to change the tube. I right away asked politely if he could just put a brand new aero wheel on my bike... I M ON A HURRY! he did... i was now outfitted with a flash point 60. I then took a allen key and proceded to repositionnate the aerobar to his normal position and make sure it stays like this.
and then, i was back out of the course about 8 minutes later after a freaking police motorcycle did think that it could be kind of dangerous to ride in opposite direction from traffic with bike coming at 30mph.....
i was simply broke down mentaly... i even stopped on the side of the road to tell paulo i would simply pull out as i was out of contention and didnt see the point of going. He of course started to screem at me and as he looked very mad, i decided to keep riding.
Another thing a noticed later was that i had lose all my bottles and as i race on maltodextrin only, that would now be a challenge to survive with the on course nutrition! I reallised i was facing a lot of adversity at this point and had the choice of feeling sorry for myself about it or just try to pull it off and save the day. I rode the last loop pretty strong and got on the run. Paulo asked me to simply focus and get the work done. He didnt give me any split or position so i know very well i was out of the game. I ran with as much passion as i could find...there wasnt much but i keep on plugging in and made it to the finish line with a 3h marathon. I was happy to make it to the line and got a nice high five from jordan but was of course very down at the same time. I think frustrated is the best word actually. I done the work and was fit and ready to go, But life is life and it happen, nothing can be change and i did learn a little hard piece of HTFU. My wallet will sure notice the difference and i think that it s the part that hurt the most....
To finish, i want to highlight the performance of my friend jordan rapp. WOW... that is smart clever racing! He race like a experience guy and almost pull it off for the win. That is only the beggining and i m really proud of you rappo!!!!! I really hope to get to race you again soon!