What an incredible day at the first race of the season.

The start list made the impression that it’s world championship with so many fast athletes on the start, including Jaroslav, fully confident in his performance. The men’s event was won by Spain’s Javier Gomez, while Daniela Ryf from Switzerland won the women’s race. Jaro finished 10th, with one of the best performances he has ever displayed on a 70.3 race. Read our post-race statements:

 Jaroslav’s statement:

“I started a little bit in the back on the swim and managed to come through and passed some athletes before losing the pack. Swim was comfortable and in control. First few kilometres on the bike were tough and after the 20 km mark we caught the leader of the race. There were some accelerations and group of 8 was broken apart. I stayed behind and we came to T2 with a 2:45 deficit. Run was hard because of the heat that I am not used of (lot of sessions are done indoors due to cold weather in Slovenia at the moment). But somehow I managed through the course without any big problems. I was not as fast as I expected to be, but still fast enough to finish TOP 10 among the best athletes in this sport. I am looking forward to do some quality work in the next few weeks when I am staying in Gran Canaria, Maspalomas for TRI camp.”

 Borut’s statement:

“Jaro made a tremendous progress in the last 3 months. After the shoulder injury a lot had be done with compromises. In such a short time we could only do that much. But nonetheless, the vast majority of training, nutrition and technique was then performed at 100% and so we were fully confident at Jaro’s first start. Swimming went easy. For the bike leg, we carefully calculated that Jaro can ride fast at 307 W. That exact number was displayed as an average number halfway through the bike leg. At the end it dropped to 300, but still a great time for the 90 km fast course where Jaro averaged almost 44 km/h. Many people don’t believe that he can ride that fast with such a small power output, but we did so much in terms of aerodynamics and bike fitting that Jaro spends a lot less energy for the same power compared to other athletes. Maybe we expected a little faster time in the second half of the run leg, but average pace of 3.37 per kilometre is most what he could do in that environment.”

“We’re making some changes to the training routine to push that running pace below 3.30 for a 21 km running leg. We have more time now to properly develop the fundamental strength and then translate it into the racing speed.”

unnamed JAro 1

Jaro’s next race will be Challenge Gran Canaria on April 22, 2017.