How did "Ben" think he did in this race? According to plan, or off the rails somewhere, and if so, where?
He was disappointed, for sure. We had a long chat about how it went, what the data showed, where the race was decided, and more. The bike and the race up to the run went about how we thought it would. We knew Josh Amberger would really push the swim, so Ben wouldn't have to. He got on the bike quickly took the lead, and we just wanted to make sure we were there for the Col de Vence, knowing that was were AB would go and want to establish himself. We figured the two Norwegians, AB, Rudy, Ben and maybe Heemeryck would be in the mix thru the top, with Kienle coming late. But in the end, before the descent, there were only 4 guys who really had a shot to win, and Ben was one of them. The descent was a huge factor in the outcome. Here's a comparison of Ben vs Gustav on the climb, and you can really see the descent effected Ben.
Ben tried to be prepared for the descent, but once he was alone, he was at a big disadvantage. And with the center line rule coming into play, he of course wasn't able to descend as fast as maybe some could or did. (Center line rule is a whole different conversation, and given that Ben's run wasn't up to snuff, it didn't really matter much to him).
In the end, this was the fittest Ben has ever been, and we expected it to go better. But as I stated previously, if Ben has the race he was capable of, he probably only finishes 4th, due to the descent gap. The bar has raised once again in 70.3 racing at the highest level, so we will get back to work, and continue to progress. I remember when he ran 1:16 at Chattanooga and that was his PR. Now his run PR is 1:12, and we're disappointed with 1:16 and finishing 10th in the world. We are still scratching the surface.
Jim Vance http://TodaysPlan.com.au
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