Sorry that I’ve not written earlier in my blog but the last days were very busy after the Ironman South Africa. I left the country right after the awards ceremony and it took me 40hours to arrive at my 1st stop: fetching my dog Laika from my aunt! Oh, I was so happy to have my dog back while I haven’t seen her for almost 7 weeks. Longest time ever! This was late in the night and the next day I had to pick up my husband and his parents in Berlin which is 300km away. I decided to stay at my aunt’s house the night and wanted to get up early. When the alarm rang the 1st time I decided to close my eyes for 5 more minutes…oh my dear – when I opened them again it was 1hour later! Jumped out of my bed and into the car – 20min later my phone rang: NADA. It was perfect timing – so I had to do the doping test. Couldn’t call my husband because he has no phone! Finally I arrived 90min too late in Berlin – but luckily everybody was happy to see me;-)
Now I’m back to normal and enjoy the time with my dog and the fantastic spring in Germany. The sun is shining and we’ve 20°C. I resume the race and after all I’m very happy with it! It was my 1st podium in an Ironman race and hopefully not my last! I don’t want to bore you with race details – it was a normal race without big mistakes. After I got out of the water on place 14th I was upset but I found my pace and could roll through the field till I reached 5th position. The last 50min I had to cycle without any drink because I lost my bottle and on the run I felt the heat in my head – it was pumping! But in the marathon I overtook Amanda and Belinda and from then on I only focused not to lose my place and it worked! I’ve never given up during this race and always believed in myself and my coaches – that’s one important reason why I got my 1st podium in such a great field! Thanks to Joseph, Brett, Alex and all our sponsors – without you I couldn’t fulfill dreams! And of course my my husband Seb who was there before, during and after the race!