European & Dutch Champion Long Distance 2017 and worldrecord: 15 (Fifteen!) times Sub 9 hours
It’s not a secret that I love racing and racing a lot. So that’s what I did the last couple
of weeks. A 3rd place at IM 70.3 Kraichgau, followed by a 2nd place at Challenge
Heilbronn 2 weeks later, then 1st place and defending my title at the Dresden City
Triathlon, to then drive to Roth for my first Long distance race this year and a week
of Triathlon Party and fun.
I will be honest as always, my form had seem to be gone a bit after winning
Challenge Gran Canaria & Challenge Riccione. I had a hard time at both Kraichgau
& Heilbronn, feeling a bit flat and missing that race gear that you need to race to
your best. I couldn’t have been more happy to notice that after Challenge Heilbronn
my energy was coming back.
The event it selves was very well organized and I
loved the huge amount of people that we’re at the event, a great atmosphere and
lovely hard course. I had a great feeling at Dresden and performance wise I had a better race then last year, which finally gave me a bit of
confidence for Challenge Roth.
It was also great to finally race together with my Men again, Per had a solid race coming back from illness and took 3rd, we we’re happy to be
racing together again.
My goals for Challenge Roth this year we’re simple, no high demands from my side, I just wanted to have a way better race then last year.
Reflecting after the race now I totally succeeded in that, I swam 2 min. faster in my sleeveless HUUB wetsuit, road mostly in the front or on my
own to bike a 4.47, which is not my fastest time here but the windy conditions in the 2nd loop made it a bit though. I felt strong until the very
end and for a girl that thought she couldn’t bike anymore 2 weeks prior to the race, I did really good and came
off the bike in 3rd position with Kaisa Sali just behind me.
It was a very solid bike performance and give’s me a lot of hope for the further races this long season :-)
Photo credits: Ingo Kutsche
Race after Race