It was my second time in Tizzy (as it is affectionately abbreviated to), and an amazing experience it is. Tizzy is in Hungary about 180km east of Budapest. It's a Sprint Triathlon World Cup but it is held in n eliminator format, semi finals on the Saturday and finals on the Sunday.
In the men's race there were 3 semi finals with 30 men in each and the top 10 men in each semi went through to the final the next day. I qualified in 5th place in my semi final, it was hard and fast but the key was qualifying for the finals but not to blow too much energy for the finals only 24hrs later. I had a solid semi final doing all the basics right and qualifying comfortably. On the Saturday there were about 15 races in all with Junior and age group races along with age group races taking place.
So Saturday evening was all about recovery and getting the body back to decent shape before the real show down in the final the next day (Sunday at 5pm). I slept badly in the Saturday night after the race, as most probably did with the adrenaline still pumping and the humid conditions in Tizzy. Next morning it was 30 degrees celcius by 9am and getting hotter, with our race at 5pm it was going to be a scorcher. I did a 30min run with stretches and run drills to loosen up that morning then kept out if the heat and relaxed for most of the morning.
Pre race was the mortal routine 20min build cycle, 20min build swim. I felt great and was ready to do a real good job in the race, then 15mins pre race, just a I was exiting the water after my swim warm up I stepped on a broken bottle that was submerged in the water, and my toe foot started pissing blood. This was not good, it took about 10mins with a medic compressing my foot tightly for the blood flow to subside. The rest of the guys were lining up for their pontoon call and I was lying on the ground with 3 medics seeing to the gash in my foot.
All said and done, the medics eventually wrapped my foot up in bandages and they advised me not to start the race as I've lost a lot of blood, (to be fair to the medics they had a point, there were pools of blood around where I was lying). But I had a quick think, I was in too good a shape just to pull out, the medics had done a great job wrapping my foot, I stood up, took 2 energy gels as I was a bit dizzy for all the excitement of the cut, done a few hops, the bandages held in place and I said to myself I'll give it a go anyway.
I was a bit dizzy again on the run down to the pontoon, but felt grand otherwise. The gun shot and off we went , 3*250m laps, first turn buoy 115m away, I had a terrible start and got pumped round the first buoy.
See this vine of the turn buoy, I'm the guy dunked twice near the back, I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, if I'd have swam faster this would not have happened.
So I exited the water way down in the 3rd pack, in fact 20 secs slower than my swim time in the semi finals. We got a small group working together and held the 2 nd pack at 15 secs for 18 km and then closed them down eventually with 1 km to go, our group didn't work very well together but we got there eventually, I hit T2 7 secs down on the leaders, significant amount of time lost but even more so a lot of extra unnecessary effort wasted on the bike.
I ran reasonably fast to finish in 19th but my technique was shocking and I wasn't holding good form even if I was trying, may be because I was red lined from the work on the bike, or my foot had started leaking more blood on the run or I just wasn't strong enough... Or a combination of them all. All in all a great race and very enjoyable and a good time had by all.
I'm sure I'll be back to race Tizzy some time again, give it a go, highly recommended.
Final men's results, ITU race report and race video;