Tommy Zaferes leads on the draft-legal bike. (Photo courtesy of the Triathlon at Pacific Grove)

Just done recovering from being sick, Aptos native Tommy Zaferes failed to defend his title at the Triathlon at Pacific Grove earlier today, coming in about five minutes behind winner Dustin Mclarty of Irvine.

Zaferes, who won the Olympic-distance event last year, crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 48 seconds to take fifth among the pros, while Mclarty won in 2:00:49.

“No sign of breathing issues today! Solid swim, rode hard, and survived on the run for 5th. Zero fitness, but it was an awesome training day!” Zaferes tweeted afterwards.

Zaferes was out of the water four seconds faster than Mclarty, and Mclarty was only five seconds faster in the bike — but Zaferes lost a lot of time on the run.

The pro men’s wave start at the Triathlon at Pacific Grove in California on Sept. 9, 2012. (Photo courtesy of the Triathlon at Pacific Grove)

South San Francisco’s John Dahlz finished runner-up [2:02:44], Allen Gardner of Boulder, Colo., took third [2:03:13], and Nicholas Thompson of Danville took fourth [2:05:05].

Eric Clarkson, who is from Walnut Creek but lives in Santa Cruz, took sixth in the event [2:06:13].

Results in this report are from