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A little hit out in Obernai

On Sunday, I did a little race in Obernai, a lovely little town situated in Alsace. Astrid, my mum and I packed the car the day before and then we drove for close to 4 hours to get to the race. I actually won this race in 2000 and I’d always wanted to come back but it had just never fitted into my plans until this year. On race morning it was raining and I was a bit scared that the weather forecast would be as predicted, rain and cloudy. But we were lucky, suddenly the sun came out and even though is was a little cold, it never rained on us in the race which was great. I had a bit of a rusty swim, I was a bit slow in the beginning and swam next to some giant who kept hitting me in the head so when I finally got sick of this, I swam over his back to get away. I caught two girls at the end but another 2 girls were already 2 minutes up the road. On the bike, I chased as hard as I could. It was very windy and I actually had a hard time staying in my tri bars!! We rode the first 20 km on the flat and then we hit Mont d’Odile, Obernai’s little mountain. I remembered this mountain as not being very step and long. By the time when I though, this is it, the climb is over, it actually started…And it just kept going on. Finally, we got to the top. And then the descending could begin!!! Luckyly, I’d forgotten how long and step the descente was…then I would probably have stayed away. I’m just not a descender and I probably set a new record for this course in going down as slowly as possible!!! In my next life, I definately want to b a descender. At the age of 2, I’ll start practising descending on my bike and on skis!!!
Well, so I did loose quite a bit of time. I was happy to finally get off my bike and to start the run which was 10 km. The run was 500 on the flat, then 2 km up, then 2 km down and then agian 500 m on the flat before another lap. I felt great running and wished that it had been a bit longer.
It was good to finish and the best thing about racing in France is always the selection of food at the finish line!!! Cakes, bread, melons, amonds and a lot more!!!
The next day, we did a bit of seight seeing in Obernai before driving back to Leysin.
My race wasn’t the greatest but it was a good training day and I got very well looked after by the organisation and I can recommend this race to everyone.

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