I will keep this one short as it is a long race.
The day was wet, the course was very hilly but the air was warm.
The swim was fast in parts but comfortable but I couldn't catch Simon Lessings feet in the water but I out ran him to transition and got on the bike first.
I road at the front for the first really hilly technical part and was then joined by Lessing and Craig Alexander "again" and we challenged each other for the lead the rest of the way.
At the end of the bike there was a group of five of us off the bike onto the run.
I ran with Craig for a while again but hurt right from the start. I held 3:30km's for 7km and then the wheels came off.
I then struggled from one aid station to the next over the hilly unrelenting course and took a potty break (first time for everything I guess) at about 12km. I limped in slowing my average km pace down from 3:30's to 4min's for the 21km's and finished in 6th.
I did not enjoy this run one bit and have sworn not to be under trained for another 70.3 again. I achieved the mission which was to get a Clearwater 70.3 Worlds spot but I was unhappy with my performance.