Last Sunday I raced Ostseeman and finished second in 8:31. Christian Nitschke, a young coming German athlete from Rostock, had a perfect day with even performances in all 3 disciplines. We battled it out till the end and the best won. Congratulations on a great job!
I started my race with a slow swim and didn’t have those legs on the bike. So I really had to push me hard through that bike split but still rode 20 watts less than last year. Still rode a 4:36 due to the superior bike set up of my P4 (more about that soon). In T2 I was 3rd with 9 min back to the leader and 3 min to 2nd. I knew there was a chance to still win the race if I could run a fast marathon. So I started with a fast but reasonable pace right away. There was not much movement amongst us during the first half of the marathon, but then the other guys slowed down and I could hold my pace. 2nd after 25km, but still 6 min on the leader. At an iron distance race, it can always happen, that out of a sudden your plug is pulled. So I pushed hard till the end, to be there, if Christian had to slow down. He felt my breath in his neck, I made him fear. But finally he made it to the finish line 3 min ahead of me. He paced his race very well and my 2:48 marathon didn’t catch him. Chapeau again!
So all in all: Not a perfect day for me, but I made the best out of it. Happy with my run time. And the swim and bike I will fix until my next race at Cologne 226. I will be strong there!
Thanks to Reinhard and all the volunteers and Glücksburg residents for a perfect organized race with really unique atmosphere and familiarity. OstseeMan is not the biggest or the most famous race, but it seriously is one of the most charming. I enjoyed my homstay with family Carstens very much, thanks a ton for all the support!