TR: BROWNLEE (GBR) - 'It's been an awful year. I'm just happy to be racing'
GLASGOW - Comments from Alistair BROWNLEE (GBR) after finishing fourth in the men's triathlon at Strathclyde Country Park on Friday.
Alistair BROWNLEE (GBR)
On his expectations for the race given his recent calf injury:
"I didn't quite know what to expect today and I suppose that's about where I was. I have been training really hard so I knew I was probably going to be a bit tired going into it as well.
"If I can put all my training together I know I can do well. It's been an awful year and at times I've had to question what I'm doing. I'm just happy to be racing."
On the course:
"It's a hard course. There's not much flat - there's ups, downs, corners, slow roads - so it is quite hard to get a group moving on it."
On the race:
"I really enjoyed that race today. I got really beaten up on the first 100 metres [of the swim] and that was really tough. The performance itself is irrelevant, I'm just happy to be here competing again.
"I knew I was going to struggle today on the run, but I enjoy racing. There were a few things that are a bit rusty."
On the bike leg:
"I got the group working and I tried to split them up a bit. I did everything I could. Most of the guys wanted to ride but a few don't know how to make the group go faster and they got in the way. It's a hard course as well, there were lots of ups and downs, slow corners."
On being out of action since his June injury:
"It's been a challenge and if I didn't enjoy being here I wouldn't be doing it. I've got a lot of races over different distances coming up. I'm not sure if I want to cover the Olympic distances. We will see how the next six months are."
On his next race, the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in South Africa in early September:
"I guess I've got a lot of work to do in the next two and a half weeks but you can go a long way in two weeks so hopefully I'll turn up there a different athlete."
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