After no rest leading up to this event on race day I was feeling very good and looking forward to the start hooter. A non wet-suit swim due to the 24 degree water temperature made me even more raring to go. Taking the lead from the first buoy made me determined not to let go of the number one spot for the whole race. I left the water and T1 with a 20 second lead and was feeling really good out on the bike.

10k into the bike and still in control of the race disaster struck.. my back wheel punctured and I was out of the race. With a lead of around a minute I was gutted but all I could do to keep myself happy was laugh it off and enjoy the lift back to transition where my parents were gutted to see what had happened.

Never mind!

Ciaran
 


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