I haven’t done any mistakes during the training for this race and I had the best equipment ready for the race. I couldn’t wait to try out new set of Lightweight wheels. My trip to the Island went smooth and I felt really relaxed and ready to have a good race. This year unusual weather brought us a few changes. For 23 years of Ironman 70.3 St. Croix there has not been any sign of rain during race weekend. Participants usually were climbing steep hills blown with strong Pacific winds, they were burning under Caribbean sun and suffering from dehydration. Last year the weather «decided» to do an experiment and add some rain during the race and as a result of that experiment we got a big number of bike crushes. This year the night before the event we got unusually heavy rain, which brought a lot gravel, dirt and stones from the hills to the race course. There was not enough time for the race organizers to clean it up. As a result I got 2 flats before mile 5 mark. I wasn’t the only one, let just say that only 10 pro male athletes got to finish the race and there were a lot of stories after the race about getting flat tires twice or even three times.
Below I will show some fun combination of numbers and circumstances:
Timothy O’donnell and I were the only Pro athletes in the field this year who had won this race in the past and the only ones who are sponsored by K-swiss. He had number 1 and I had number 11. Both of us were using tires of the same brand and both of us got flat tires at the same spot, quite safe spot by the way. It’s might be just a coincident or maybe there is some kind of pattern. Oh well, everything happens for a reason, so I am looking forward to my next race 70.3 Florida.
I Thank all my sponsors for their continue support thru this season.