September 18, 2018 - This race was draft legal and I was a little anxious since I know firsthand that drafting in cycling is always frought with risk and near-accidents. Fortunately, for me I came out unscathed and avoided a near collision with a protruding concrete island at a cross walk. I noticed this in the bike familiarization and was somewhat annoyed to find myself headed directly for it. Without really looking to see if people were to my right; I yelled, "I need to get in to the right and slid over." I wound up in a draft pace line which I did more than my fair share to pull and ended drafting comfortably behind a USA team mate from a previous AG and 2 Australians. I lost the 2 Australians on the run and surmise that they ran much faster; but I cannot say for sure because I don't remember their names....you would think after riding at least half the course with them; I would recall.
This was my 5th world championship in a row, competing on TEAM USA in triathlon. It is my 7th total # of world championships. I did the 2012 and 2014 Duathlon World Championship. I skipped a Duathlon world championship that was in Australia, but I"m not sure why other than it fell too close to the tri world championship.
I shared a 3 bedroom apartment at 3 Hanlan street which was located next door to the Novotel, the host hotel. I did lots of sightseeing while I was there including whale watching aboard a Sea World sponsored whale-watching boat. I also went to the Currumbin sanctuary and had my picture taken while holdign a Koala bear.
I went straight from the Brisbane airport to Carrumbin Cyclery to have my bicyclle assemebled. I road the bike course at least twice to familiarize myself with it. For some reason, the team meeting, swim familiarization, packet pick-up, Team photo, parade of nations, and opening ceremony were all held on Wednesday before my race. Fortunately, I didn't have an early morning start and was able to eat one very early brakfast and one a little later. My race start time was 11:30 AM and I didn't want to get hungry.