Terenzo Checks in After his Win in Brazil
I am about to depart Brazil but will leave with fond memories of the little town on the south east Coast of Santa Catarina called Penha.
After a bit of a journey to get up here from New Zealand on Tuesday I found my body didn't get knocked around too much from the stress of travel and the stress of almost not being allowed on my flight out of Auckland because I didn't have a flight booked out of South America. I managed to get something organized minutes before check-in closed so was smooth sailing for the next 24hours.
Race day quickly rolled and I will admit that I was the calmest and most relaxed I had been before a race in a long time. The great vibe of the place and beautiful beach contributed largely to that, oh yeah and also really bad internet connection and not many people to speak English to.
The Pro athletes down here are very talented and I went into the race not expecting anything, Jon, my coach and I spoke about the key areas I needed to race well in to best prepare for Vegas, so this was my main focus. Crossing the line in first at the end of the day was just a huge bonus. I cant describe the elation I felt after over 20 months of not being on top of the podium, and racing a top quality professional field made the that much more satisfying.
The race consisted of an Ocean swim with a nice beach break, a 6 lap bike course and 2 lap run. 2 local guys got away from me during the bike, Igor Amorelli and Fabio Carvalho and built a 1min20sec lead coming off the bike. I was sure with the great swim and bike their legs would fall off at the start of the run, but that didn't happen! Over the 15 km I pushed in the run I finally made my way to the leader, Carvalho but with his home crowd cheering he was not going to give up. His stride revived and he tried to attack me 3 times before finally I put in my move with just over 3km to go. It was a tough decision to make as the last 3km was into a gale headwind, but I knew I had the upper hand when after a minute on the front he dropped off. I kept pushing as I knew soon the crowd would carry me home and running down the finish shoot I couldn't pump my fist hard enough.
A Huge thanks to all the local Brazilians for the patience with the 2 words of Portuguese and their friendly hospitality. Aside from the race I had a great time relaxing and my only regret is that I have to fly out straight away.
Looking at Facebook and twitter It seems I may have offended some people by assuming the water wasn't suitable to drink. I didn't mean any offense to your beautiful country, I was only commenting and what the hotel staff advised and with my heavy travel and race schedule the next few weeks I am doing everything I can to stay 100% healthy.
Aside from that I had a few laughs with Rhodsey, a fellow kiwi athlete and raced against one of my old friends Santaigo Ascensco who won the very first World Championships I represented New Zealand at way back in 2000 in Calais, France.
Next stop is Tampa where I will hang out for a few days to stay closer to Las Vegas time zone and climate before shooting across the northern hemisphere ditch to race the Ireland 70.3.
Thanks for all your support and I am really glad I could get a "W" on the board.