February 21 2003
Cyclist Chris Ghiorse eyeing victory in weekend Nevis triathlon
BY DEAN GREENAWAY
A spectator a year ago when fellow cyclist Andrew Young won the Nevis
Triathlon, cyclist Chris Ghiorse is eyeing a victory in Saturday's event.
Ghiorse tuned up for the triathlon by lapping the field while winning last
week's BVI Cycling Federation season opening race, then headed to the A. O.
Shirley recreation Grounds and completed a 5K run on the 400 meter oval.
Ghiorse who began training three months ago, says his focus is on
triathlons and winning his age group in the St. Croix International
Triathlon in May. Ghiorse describes Nevis' Olympic distance triathlon that
includes a 1500 meter swim, 40K bike and 10K run, as "a very exciting event."
"The roads we will ride on are excellent and have been repaved," noted
Ghiorse who will use the event as an evaluation of his progress towards St.
Croix. "The bay we swim is flat and the run is not too hilly either. You
can expect a good time and a good gauge as to how you are doing compared to
the rest of the world."
While he has a hard time pushing himself in training, Ghiorse said once
there's a race, he manages to go harder. He said he's definitely stronger
than in the last eight to nine years, and is excited about becoming a
better runner. "It's the one area that I would say I'm better at than any
point in my life, even though that's fairly slow," Ghiorse said. "The
swimming and biking I'll never be able to get back to where I was as a
young guy, because I did those events at such a high level, but, overall,
I'm seeing continual improvement in my running though I'm getting older."
Ghiorse has been testing himself over the BVI Triathlon course and
observing his times compared to Young's course record of 1:04.50, which he
has been matching. Ghiorse said based on Young's victory in Nevis last
year, he's fairly confident going in. "I'm going with the expectation that
if everything gets put together correctly, I should walk away with a pretty
good time and win," Ghiorse said.
Regarding the St. Croix Iron Man, Ghiorse 40, said Nevis will be a gauge.
His aim is to run sub seven minute miles for the 10K after riding the 40K
cycling segment. "I'd feel comfortable that I can get close to a 7:15 pace
in St. Croix, which when you look at all the results over the last four
years, giving my swim and bike, that is going to put me among the very top
contenders in St. Croix. I know I feel comfortable up to seven miles, I now
have to learn how to extend that."
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