I raced 70.3 European Championships in Weisbaden, Germany almost two weeks ago now. Unfortunately the race did not go well at all and to be honest I don’t know why. Training has been going really well and I’m fit so there is no reason I should not have had a good race there. You can read Doc’s view here. So, that is a race that I would like to forget about and what better way to get over a disappointing race? Sign up for an Irondistance race the next weekend. And that is exactly what I did.
I returned from Germany on Monday afternoon and by Tuesday I was signed up for the Challenge Irondistance race in Vichy, France. Got a couple solid workouts in during the week and by Friday I was off to France with teammate Stephen Bayliss (Bella and Ironbaby Charlie).
The city of Vichy was a beautiful venue for this race. The non-wetsuit swim was in a river and very well marked. Had an o.k. swim where I was with the main group until about half way. Was off the back and then got dropped the last half and finished the swim solo. I was the first women out of the water but it was far from a great swim.
The bike was two loops with a few climbs and quite a bit of turns…luckily it wasn’t raining or too technical of a course! The goal was to get a hard solid effort on the bike. Had a few rough patches here and there during the ride but for the most part felt strong. The ride went by quickly and I was able to build a bit more of a lead heading into the run.
The 4 loop run was along the river and there were spectators everywhere. The heat got the best of me after two loops of the run and I had flashbacks of Ironman China during that time. I stopped at every aid station to get as much fluids in as I could and shuffled it in to the finish.
Although it was still far from a solid race, it was a move in the right direction after 70.3 European Champs! I’m happy with the win but more pleased with how I bounced back from a disappointing race the weekend before.
This was my first Challenge race and it is definitely a memorable one. I was impressed with the race organization, volunteers, and how Challenge really cares about each and every athlete. Hope to have the opportunity to do more of their races in the future.
Thank you to Brett for suggesting that I “get back on the horse” as soon as possible. Special thank you to Gael and Felix for letting me register so late in the game. You both truly know how to put on a great race. Also, would like to thank my sponsors for their continued support not only through the good races but the bad races as well!
Congratulations to Stephen for his win! It definitely made the car ride back to Leysin more enjoyable with two wins!
Time for a nice solid block of training to get ready for Kona and ITU Long Course World Championships.