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Again a few months passed by and I didn’t write anything. But after the 3months camp in Lanzarote everything went crazy at home. After getting everything back in his place it should went normal and the training should go on. But the weather played a different game and we had to pack our bikes more often than I wanted to. 2 weeks ago I looked at the weather forecast: 2°C and snow! No, this couldn’t go on like this. I looked at the European weather map and decided to go to Italy and collecting some miles. By accident we saw that tot he same time was Challenge Rimini. Luckily they gave me a free slot. Drove down on Friday, Saturday 4hrs bike with 1500m of altitude. Sunday was race day: a bit fresh in the morning, a lot of rain and very windy but it got better with every hour. After 30mins of waiting fort he delayed starting gun my hands were frozen and I couldn’t close my fingers during the swim. But at the end oft he day I was happy with my result. I made 2 little mistakes where I liked to kick my ass for. I promise to work on it and it won’t happen again! Shortly we went home we did a 3,5hrs cycle again. It was a great training weekend down there in Italy. Back at home I got a bit depressive because of the weather: rain, rain, rain and max. 6°C. The whole Tuesday I looked for Last-Minute-Offers to Mallorca. There I’m sitting happy in the sun while enjoying my work. At least I train properly without missing some sessions and spend my time on the turbo or tread mill. 11 more days I’m allowed to enjoy the sun and hopefully our mid-European summer gives the winter a big kick to move away. On 16th of June I have my first race in my home country: Triathlon Ingolstadt. Afterwards I have to do a bit more training to get prepared for my 1st long distance race after my crash at the Challenge Copenhagen! Really looking forward to race IM Frankfurt. Hope to meet the one or other at or on the course down there;-)
The weeks beforehand I had really bad luck. End of last year I ripped my foot band and did a 6 weeks run break again. Then end of January I felt while skiing and my arm was hurting like hell. Did a docs marathon again but it showed up that it was only a bruise. But weren’t able to swim for 2 weeks. On top I got a really bad flue. OK, maybe it’s better to say Good Bye Abu Dhabi Triathlon. But there was my sister who wanted to join me. I was jumping from one side to the other and at the end I decided to fly because I didn’t want to upset my sister. And luckily I went down;-)
Like I wrote above I had my best swim ever, the bike was OK (not perfect because I stopped 2 times: first because an athlete felt down at the aid station in front of me and second I need some water but the aid station was too crowded and I had to wait for water) and the run was solid, too. Not as fast as I wished but I couldn’t expect that much after only 3 weeks of proper training! Think I haven’t said it before but I’m satisfied with my race and looking forward to the upcoming season! Hope training goes well and I’m back to 100% in summer to take part in some nice races.
Thanks to everyone who believed in me! Esp. Jo and Brett, our teamTBB and it sponsors, Rocktape, my physiotherapist and chiropractic and of course for the help of great doctors in Munich!
Train smart! Sunny greetings!
Here are 2 great links of the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon:
2012 wasn’t my luckiest year in my life… but I learned a lot! My first mistake was that I spent the whole winter in Germany and tried to get the bike fitness while I do skiing. But in my 1st two races I realized that I had no power on the bike. Then I had this stress fracture during the Ironman South Africa which gave me a 2 months rest. Finally I was back in June when I did my first long run for months which was in a race: Chiemsee Triathlon. It was a kind of experiment – and it showed up that it was a perfect one! We found out that you don’t have to run so many miles in your training to have a fast run split at the end of a race. I looked forward to my next long distance race. But at the Challenge Copenhagen a bus thought that my race should end after 80kms. Some really great specialists in Munich repaired my bones but still have to do a 3 months break. I learned a lot about my mind and body. I learned that triathlon is not the whole life and that my friends and family are still there. They enjoyed the time I had for them;-)
I want to say a special THANK YOU to all the people who helped me over those days! Without my friends, family and sponsors I couldn’t live my dream any longer. Thank you to Brett Sutton, Jo Spindler and Alex Bok – who still believe that some day I could be really good;-) – but without you I wouldn’t start for another year! I’m proud to be part of our teamTBB!]]>
Last Monday I did my last outdoor bike session on the streets of the foothills of the Alps for 2012 because the winter arrived here without any mercy. From now on I have to make some kilometers on my ergo in our garage. Not my favourite place but there for the watts climb up on the bike;-) If you ask me it can go on like this!
One of my favourite songs “HopHopHop” helps me to overcome the really hard stuff! Here you can listen to 2 songs of Goran Bregovic:
Goran Bregovic: HopHopHop
Goran Bregovic: RingeRingeRaja
Winter greetings from Bad Tölz,
Thanks to everyone who has been there for me and helped me over some dark moments!
Sunny greetings from Bad Tölz
PS: the new glasses from adidas-eyewear makes me faster to get back into training:-)]]>
I got up at 4 in the morning and went to the start with Jo and Egoitz Zalakain (another Pro staying with us). I felt the same like in any other race: I was nervous and needed a loo a few times. Then the starting gun was fired and everything was gone. From that moment on it was exciting and sometimes really boring to wait and wait and wait (therefore I took some animal pics;-)…then suddenly Stephen came 1st out of water with a 5mins lead! Wow…. Bella had a good swim but another girl took her changing bag. Then I waited again: but no Jo wanted to come – it lasted 16mins!
After the swim I had to walk 3ks to the bike course. I sat down at the turn around and was waiting again. Meanwhile all the Age Groupers were passing me and it was a nightmare! The few marshals weren’t able to lead the traffic and a few times it happened that cars blocked the traffic circle and the cyclists had to do a really hard break down!!! Although it was intended that the course is closed for cars – I was going mad and the nightmare from Copenhagen came up again. But nothing helped – I had to give up and understand that the marshals weren’t capable enough!
After a while I realized that the turn around marked in the map is no turn around… I went up the street and after a few corners I saw a lonely marshal standing on it = that was the turn around! Wow – no people there, even the signs were a joke. A few cyclists were already coming and missed the silent standing marshal with the flag and crossed arms! I was shouting but almost every athlete realized it too late! Then after a long time Bella and Jo were passing me – they both looked good but the gaps towards the leaders were too big.
This turn around was a disaster – the athletes were missing it and then it was so narrow to turn that a few people got of their bikes and carried it around the pins while all others had to stop and wait for them! A few others athletes were crashed while they weren’t able to handle their bike, others crashed into the crowd and so on… Then the first athletes were on their last lap and had to leave it but there was no space for them because of the growing crowd. It lasted a long time till the street was free and the athletes got through. Once it was open all athletes were going this way but they were only on their 1st lap – so the crowd – except the silent marshal!!! - was screaming and the cyclists had to get back on the course and were really surprised what is going on.
And the best thing of all: no marshals on the course: everybody was drafting! Only a few of the athletes were on their own – have never seen such an unfair race! If the 1st person stopped paddling the drafting one crashed!
Finally on the run course: Stepehen was still leading (he was one of the 4 Pros who didn’t draft!) Jo was in 9th position after the bike and very far behind the others because of his bad swim and the very good drafting skills of the other cyclists. It was an exciting marathon: Stephen had a perfect day and was leading till the end! Jo was catching up a few places and on the last lap he had the fastest split time but it was only the 6th place with a marathon in 2:45! Stephen luckily won, Bella became 2nd in the women field – Gina made a great race – Jo 6th and our companion Egoitz became 8th! All the waiting time on the course was a horror to me. I was sprinting next to them when they passing me at the aid station – running over bridges and join them for a while to tell how everything is going. This part I liked most. During all that time I ate nothing (was nervous and had no real time) and didn’t go to the loo;-) I had a few ups and downs because of this unfair but thrilling race. And when you stand by the side you always think that you would do it better! But you know that it is not that easy. All in all it was a good experience to me but I’m not sure if I do it again… a love racing more than standing at the side! Next time you see me on the course!
One day later I was allowed to leave the hospital and I was the happiest person you can imagine. Back home the recovery goes much quicker and my Mum helped me with the household. Still 4 weeks in front of me where I’m not allowed to move my arm higher than my shoulder and sometimes I’d love to put my arms in the air and jump around – no chance at all but the thought of doing it again is wonderful! Now I can only train 1 arm but studies showed that the nerves of the other arm know what’s going on and that they strengthen at the same time. We’ll see;-)
That are all news from the invalid station south of Munich… normally after such a break one is much stronger than beforehand – that’s the straw I catch and which helped me to get over this time with a lot of reading. Unfortunately it’s my left arm and so I’m not able to draw or do any other writing things:-(
Best wishes and always cheer up!!! Yours Diana
PS: Before I went to hospital I wished to make a very long walk through the mountains: 6 hours of one of the most beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen! I loved it:-)]]>
After this weekend I’m pretty sure that I’m back in the race circuit! It was a hard fight over the last weeks and months. I had some really deep downs but at the end with the help of my coaches Jo Spindler and Brett I fought myself back. Yesterday in Austria the Trumer Triathlon showed me and all the people around me that I can run fast again!
I had a solid swim and while we started 5mins behind the man’s field I had to pass so many swimmers like never before in my life! I felt like a very fast swimmer the 1st time in my life;-) Then on the bike I smashed everybody and the men tried to cycle with me. That was the hardest battle of the day for me! In the trainsition area I had a 11mins lead but I didn’t know this. When I finished my 1st loop (5 km) they told me and I thought that I can run just a solid half marathon. And it worked perfectly. At the end I run 1:27 and won this race in a very strong matter with a 15mins lead! Now I’m looking forward to my next big Challenge: Copenhagen.
At the end I want to say thank you to the race organisation director Sepp and his crew: great race, well-organized, fantastic crowd! Jo (who became 9th in the men’s field) and I loved it! Another thank you goes to Jakob, the boss of the hotel „Mohrenwirt“ and Eric for the support and nice pics. At last but not least: without the help of Robert I couldn’t have taken part: 4 days before the race I weren’t able to move somehow because of an injured rip! Thank you!
Sunny greetings from Bad Tölz!