I was really looking forward to doing this race all year. It was nice to race in a beautiful place and on a demanding bike and run course. The start list was looking really hot until the morning of the race when 2 or 3 athletes pulled out. The swim went really well and I exited the water 3rd behind Simon and Brent. It was a long tough run to transition, which really hurt my legs for the first 10k of the bike. Crowie came flying past me just after leaving transition on the bike. I was unable to follow him for the first couple of k’s, which resulted in me chasing the front 3 for the next 60k. I could always see the leaders but couldn’t quite bridge the gap. I finally managed to catch up around 75k. Coming out of transition, Crowie and Brent took off at a crazy pace. My race plan was just to run strong and get through the run course. Me and Simon closed the gap back to Brent and then I managed to pull away and open up a lead, which I was able to hold for the rest of the race. Despite the constant rain and cold, I was really happy with the race. Congrats to Crowie for winning. With this form, I think he can go on to win Kona.