The rough waves and my poor open water swimming resulted in me exiting the water way down the field and playing catch up for the rest of the day.
Why did I swim so bad - I went offline, I didn't sight enough, I rushed my stroke, I didn't rotate enough.
On to the bike and I'm about 5% down on power compared to where I'd hoped to be. Seeing some peletons was just silly and I'm starting to realise there are some guys who just seem to think 1-2-3 metres is "a pace line" and not drafting... I mean there can't be that many cheaters and I know and have seen some of these guys who I know and they are not those kind of athletes at all.
I am starting to believe it's simply a lack of spacial awareness or overall awareness as to exactly how far back they need to be.
Anywho, I digress. Off the bike in around 10th with 3rd fastest bike split but power not where it should have been.
Onto the run and legs feel numb for first 2km before loosening up and I manage to get a bit of rhythm going. Pass a couple, then get passed by Ruadhri Geraghty who can run fast and finishes 10 secs ahead of me.
9th place. Underwhelmed. Potentially could have been an exciting race if I had swam like I should have but wasn't to be.
I will be back, and I will get the swim right as Kilkee is a course I love and a fantastic race.