Cameron Brown defends title at Tri Factor World Championship Quzhou
Cameron Brown Reports
Well it was great to defend my title from last year today at the Tri Factor World Championship series final here in Quzhou, China. Conditions were perfect for a fast race with the swim in calm smooth water. I was out of the water in 4th place but two of the athletes in front of me were in the Olympic distance event, there were elite races for both the Olympic distance and Half events.
The last few weeks I've been doing some great strength work on the bike especially while I was in Noosa, Australia and it showed today as I felt strong the entire way and took the lead 20km into the race and then started building up the gap over 2nd place Colin O'shea from Ireland. The forecast was meant to be for 30-31c but the cloud cover was keeping everyone cooler with temps only around 25c and with no wind it was perfect for the bike. The cycling leg comprised of 4x20km loops around the city centre of Quzhou with a few rolling hills on each lap, after 60km I was now 4:30mins up but kept pushing so I could come off with a bigger lead and try and run comfortably.
At T2 my lead was now 5:30mins and the legs were still feeling great. The run course crossed the river of Quzhou and featured 4x5km loops of undulating terrain which had wooden bridges, grass running and a few stairs on each lap. I was clicking the kilometers over in around 3:30km pace and extending the lead and felt comfortable the whole way. With 10 weeks until Ironman Western Australia the body is starting to show some good form again which is pleasing after a crappy start to the year. My break of 7 weeks in May has done my body and head a world of good, nothing like rest to get the motivation on a roll again and kick start my 34th year in the sport!
My next race will again be in China on October 20th at Ironman 70.3 Shanghai so I'm looking forward to getting some more fitness in and work on a few things between now and then.
Thanks again for your support. Kind Regards Cameron Brown