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Ironman Lanzarote 2013

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Well that really was not the day I wanted to have.
I went out thinking I could win it, but when the gun went off, I struggled from that moment on. I kept calm when hundreds of men were swimming over the top of me in the first 400 metres, but after 30 minutes I felt like I was blowing up, something I have never experienced before,
on the bike I felt weak from the start to the end, I am not sure why,
On the run, I tried to run, but after 12km Ironman Lanzarote came to an end for me.
It was far from what I expected I would do. It was a huge failure. And I am so disappointed.
But life goes on.
I will get myself ready for Challenge Aarhus on June 23rd,
ThankYou to everyone who supported me along the way on Saturday,
and a huge thankyou to Sands Beach Resort who have been so amazingly supportive to us.

Volcano Triathlon, Lanzarote.

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

At the weekend TeamTBB UK from SandsBeach Resort raced the Volcano Triathlon. It is a very popular olympic distance race organised every year 3 weeks before Ironman Lanzarote.
The last time Stephen and I raced an olympic distance triathlon was the Volcano in 2008, where I won the womens race and Stephen came 2nd in the mens race.
This year was as competitive as ever in mens and womens field so a great test for us! The 4 of us did’nt back off our training for this one as we all have our eyes on the upcoming races in the coming months. So heavy legged we gave ourselves a shock to the system by racing this short fast race.
The gun went off at 10am and we swam the choppy 1500 swim in Club La Santa lagoon. Eimear and I started beside each other and after about 200m she was able to use her new swim strength to swim away.
Camilla Pederson took minutes out of all the girls and again on the bike she took more minutes from us. Eimear passed Michelle Vesterby quickly on the bike and I worked at closing the gap to Michelle the whole ride.
Camilla ran solid and got the win easily, Eimear ran very well and took 2nd and I managed to pass Michelle on the run to get on the podium.

ThankYou for the photo, Bob Foy,
It was a good shock to my muscles, now its 2 more weeks of training here at SandsBeach till I freshen up for Ironman Lanzarote. I wont race Eimear at the Ironman, she will race Challenge Barcelona the same weekend.

Camilla Pedersen, Eimear and I at the finish.