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European Champs in Spain

On Saturday, I raced the European Champs long distance in Vitoria in Spain. I flew into Bilbao on the Wednesday before and met up with my danish team mates. We stayed in a hotel a little outside of Vitoria. Vitoria is a beautiful city and it was a perfect place to have a race. The lake that we had to swim in, was a little outside of town. The lake was in an amazing area and the water was as clean as here in the lakes in Switzerland!! We got to swim in the lake a few times before the race and it was great. We also did a bit of riding on the bike course, the roads were great, a beautiful area and not much traffic, a perfect place for a training camp.
The race started at 9 on the Saturday morning. It was nice to start this late…that meant a good sleep and not too much rush in the morning!!
The swim was one 4 km loop. I didn’t have a fantastic swim but it was OK. The bouys were far apart and at times, it was very hard to know where to go!!! I got out of the water and felt very dizzy and had a hard time running to my bike and to get out of my wetsuit. I finally got on my bike and started riding. I didn’t feel to bad but I realized that I still haven’t got my old and fast bike legs back!!! I never caught the girls in front of me that I normally would have caught, had I been ridng like I used too. Well, what could I do, not so much, I just tried to stay focused and to keep going and to think of this race as a good day of training. So I kept going and somehow finished the 120 km. I got off my bike and started the 30 km. I felt alright and eventhough I knew I was far behind the leaders, I just kept going. I finally got to the finish line and ended up in 6th place. It wasn’t my greatest european champs but I still enjoyed it all. I had a very nice time, as always, with my danish team mates and our national coach Michael. Our danish guys did really well, Martin came 2nd and wasn’t far behind the winner, Eneko Llanos and Jimmy was 3rd, well done guys.

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