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Perth – ITU world championship

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

After I spent two and half days at home, arriving from Hawaii, it was time for me to leave one more time this year. Destination – Perth, Australia, ITU world championship. I think my body was bit confused from all the travelling and time difference and I was also fighting a bit with flu I got on the way. But else I really enjoyed my time in Perth, I had a chance to meet with some friends from ITU circuit I didn’t see for quite long time and also race distance – double Olympic, was really good for me.
One day before the race I found out that I forgot to bring my racing shoes…upss…luckily I travelled in my Avia – Lite and one of my friend got in her race package elastic shoelace. She didn’t need them, so I put them into my shoes..only they were in Australian colours because Natasha represented Australia :-)

Race itself went ok, I didn’t have my best swim, was too much fighting with choppy water and struggled to find my rhythm. Bike was windy and flat, soon we were group of 6 girls and we came to second transition together between 2-8th place. I had an ok run and finished in 5th place. Joddie Swallow from Great Britain had great race and she really deserved to win. It is nice to see her back after tough time she had after Olympic games 2004. I was also really happy for Bek finished in 2nd place.



Ironman Hawaii

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Hawaii is really nice place, which I am enjoying a lot at this moment for holiday. But race day wasn’t my best day. I had good swim, after start I found myself in legs of Pete Jacobs and then few more guys passed me. I finished swimming in first big group of guys and I was first woman out of water, with little bit over 2 minutes in front of my teammate Tez and Leanda Cave.
Once on bike I tried to find my rhythm but my legs seemed to be quite heavy. I felt like car which is not able to change from 3rd gear higher, to 4th and 5th one. I still thought it is long day and it will just get better. I was leading till about 20miles when Chrissie passed me. Unfortunatelly I wasn’t able to stay with her or with any other girl who passed me and I came to second transition around 12th place.
I was happy to start running and hoped for feeling better. But it never happened, I was hot, my body refused to cooperate with me and I really struggled. I wanted to finished anyway, even if it wasn’t race I hoped for. It was my longest and hardest marathon run ever. So I have to come back next year to do better!
I was really happy to se Tez having great race and I am really proud of her!

Swimming with dolphins

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
before the swim getting into my speedsuit

before the swim getting into my speedsuit

I made it safely from Jeju to Hawaii, got my luggage and met my boyfriend. Today morning, it was my first training here, I went for short swim on swimming course. After about 200m of swimming and trying to find right direction, I just noticed some really big fish swimming under me….when I looked better, I saw three dolphins. Yay, my heart jumped with excitement, because swimming with dolphins was one of my dreams, I just love these animals! I followed them, completely forgot about swimming on the course and say that there was not only three of them but about 30! It was just amazing, I spend next half an hour just diving with them, they probably thought, I am just one of them thanks to my Blueseventy pointzero3 speedsuit. I had great times and I am pretty sure it means good luck for me!

My road to Kona 2009

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

If someone told me few years ago that one day I will race Ironman Hawaii, I would think that he is crazy. The idea that I would ever do Ironman, never occur to me. I started with triathlon because I was tired of swimming but I still liked and missed racing. I missed meeting people and atmosphere of the races, adrenaline and all the butterflies in my stomach in the morning before start. And because I used to do almost every running race around and loved cycling, coming into triathlon was very natural for me. But my dream and distance was Olympic distance triathlon. And even that was way too long. It took me few years to run in training more then 1h and I consider 60km bike as long ride…not that I did it really often.. You can imagine that idea of Ironman seemed to me pretty insane and crazy at that time. I didn’t see it like a race, more like torturing your own body.

But like in every story, I grow up and I was getting old and too slow (not that I ever was fast) for Olympic distance. Then my friend introduce me to Ironman. It was year 2006, I was at training camp in South Africa and I thought why not. I can try – ONCE! I did even some long ride in training – 150km (maybe once) and long run 2h. In April I was on starting line of Ironman South Africa, it was great, swimming was not a problem and was out with top guys. But that was end of me enjoying Ironman, bike and run was hard, hard and hard. Natasha Badman passed me on bike like I was standing still and cycled 1h faster then me… And run – I survived… finished in 10:19 in 4th place and spent next 3h in medical tent and couldn’t walk for week. I thought I am done with this crazy stuff…

My bike for my first Ironman ever - South Africa 2006

My bike for my first Ironman ever - South Africa 2006

3 hours after finish IMSA, still in medical tent

3 hours after finish IMSA, still in medical tent


This year I have had opportunity to be member of Team TBB with guidance of best coach. I qualified to Kona in Ironman South Africa, where my Ironman journey started three years ago, beating Natasha´s course record. And after three great training camps in Subic – Philippines, Leysin – Swiss and Jeju – Korea, I am ready to be on start line of Ironman Hawaii in few days. Yupiiiiii….

My pink Cervelo for Kona, without racing wheels

My pink Cervelo for Kona, without racing wheels

Thank you Alex and Brett for opportunity and thank you all our sponsors for your support!