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Teavigo duathlon

Monday, March 30th, 2009

This Sunday i took part in 2nd race of Teavigo duathlon series. It was not far away from where i live and i thought it would be fun and good training as well. I got my instruction how to “race” from doc and went quite excited on the start. I think it was only my 3rd duathlon ever (including World Cup in New York where they change triathlon into duathlon due to bad water quality). It was great to be on the start line with 300 other athletes. Triathlon and duathlon is really fast growing sport in South Africa and you can see growing number of participants and top athletes racing. With great history of swimming and running in this country, I believe that triathlon (and duathlon) in South Africa has good future.
Race was hold on 5km – 30km – 2,5km distance with same start for men and women. Just before our our start, there was a kiddies race and there was nothing more exciting then to watch all the emotion of these small athletes and their parents!
I started running in comfortable pace (i would say almost Ironman pace) and found myself at about 7th place in female race after 1km. Luckily for me I was able to hold my pace, while most of the others were getting slower and i came to first transition at 2-3rd place. Then I started immediatelly pushing hard on the bike and started passing some men as well. I really enjoeyd cycling part of the race and felt strong. I was able to cycle away from all the girls behind me and had comfortable second run as well. I finished 2nd behind Andrea Steyn, who continued in great performance as whole year.

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After the finish i did another easy 10km run to finish my training for a day.
I had nice Sunday at the race, enjoeyd to meet my friends and support such a great events as a Teavigo series is. Thank you everybody!
Now it is time to get ready for Ironman! :-)

one week to go..

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

I cant believe that it is almost time to race IM South Africa, that it is only one week left. After spending 6 weeks at training camp in Subic I stopped on the way home for 70,3 race in Singapore. I was suppose to use this race mainly as a training race and especially for doing 21km run as preparation for IMSA. I tried to push hard at swim and bike, unfortunatelly my legs didnt want to cooperate and in the end I finished 4th, quite far behind winner. But i was also really happy for my teammate and friend Tereza to be on the podium after having good day.

here is picture of me and Tereza after the race
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I had great time in Subic and in Singapore, thanks to all my teammates, Brett, Alex and all the other members of team TBB.

Now I am back at home and i found out few things:

1. my cat grow up, it is not a small kitty anymore

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2. I didnt miss the traffic in Johannesburg at all!!!
3. I missing my teammates but I am also happy to be back and see my friends here
4. After spending time in hot and humid Subic, I am almost not sweating here at all :-)
5. I cant wait to race next week Ironman South Africa