28 March 2010: Oceanside 70.3 Disappointment

Not the day I had planned today in Oceanside. My race ended early - in fact about 70km into the bike leg. After exiting the chilly water I strained my calf running through transition to my bike. I didn't think it was too bad at all and in fact started feeling OK on the bike and moved up beside race leader Leanda Cave. But once we hit the hills on the back side of the course I knew my calf just wasn't right and I wasn't able to put down power. Eventually despite trying to ignore it I recognized that I wasn't going to be able to run on it without risking more damage and that even continuing to ride on it was not doing me any favours. So an early and disappointing finish but a decision I am confident will mean that the damage has been limited and I will be on the start line again in the next couple of weeks.