DUATHLON: Piercy gains 'most satisfying' world title win
WORLD Duathlon champion Lee Piercy maintains he missed his regular training buddies at Performance Cycles and the Corinium Cycling Club while he completed his build-up in California.
Piercy, 41, who works for Intel in Swindon, has been on a three-month assignment in the States and took advantage of the almost perfect weather to finish his preparation ahead of the championships in Ottawa.
It had the desired effect as he won the 40-44 year age group category in the run/cycle/run event by a comfortable two minutes.
The victory ended a long troubled spell for the 2007 World Duathlon (Long Course) champion who has been plagued with a bad back.
“This was probably more satisfying than my other major wins because I have suffered with a back injury for the last two and a half years so have done very little training, in comparison, leading up to this world championships, Piercy told the Standard.
“My back has been steadily improving in the last six months after seeing a new physiotherapist while in California.
“I took my bikes to the States to train during my free time and the weather was fantastic the entire time – perfect for triathlon training/racing.
“The biggest difference over there is the predictability of the weather day in and day out. That made it easy to plan training and races whereas in the UK you have to be much more flexible.
“I missed both my local clubs when in California and really value all the help and support they have given me over the years.
“Performance Cycles are my current sponsor and have stuck with me through all the difficult times in the last three years when I haven’t raced much, which I really appreciate.
“It was nice to give something back to them by winning the worlds.”
In the race itself, Piercy took charge from an early stage and his biggest problem was to guard against complacency.
“I took the lead after about two miles of the first 10km run and stayed ahead from then on,” he said.
“I had a comfortable lead coming off the bike so knew that I just had to hold it together and not do anything stupid. “However, you never know what could happen – for example pull a muscle or get ‘a mechanical’ – so I try to ‘stay paranoid’ to ensure I don’t get complacent.”
The 6ft 5in Piercy underwent further treatment on his
back at the weekend.
“I would like to race Pro Powerman Duathlon events and Pro Half Ironman Triathlon events which both involve longer bike sections,” he said.
“However, I need to make further improvements with my back before I can race longer distances. With that in mind I went to Boulder, Colarado on Saturday to see a world-renowned physical therapist to help treat my back.
“If my back has improved enough, I will return to triathlons next year.”
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