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“A winner never stops trying” Tom Landry « Mathias Hecht's Blog

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“A winner never stops trying” Tom Landry

Once more it is time for Ironman Switzerland. My home race. I have raced it 5 times in the past. I finished 2nd, 2nd, 3rd and I had two DNF ‘s (2008: hypothermia 2010: injury). So I can say I had my ups and downs in that race. Maybe a bit of a hate – love relationship. But I am still as motivated to win this race as I have been in the past years. This year things look better then in other years. I have been injury free for over half a year now and I was able to get some very solid training in. At home and with my team mates in Leysin. I really enjoy being around coach Brett Sutton and the crew. It really feels like being in a team and I think we all push each other to reach a higher level. The results Team TBB had this year just speak for themselves. We def are the most successful team in the sport of triathlon and there is so much more to come. So this is also a big motivation for my own racing. It will be great to have “the animal” , “Dan the man” and also Bella Bayliss racing in Zürich as well. It will be a great show up of our team. And it always helps to see familiar faces out there on the course.

Ironman Switzerland also means very unpredictable weather. In 2008 this resulted in a DNF for me because of hypothermia. But as bad it feels at that moment, you learn from such moments and you are more prepared next time. This weekend looks like a wet and cold race again. So for the ones racing this weekend in Zürich, be prepared. Take the extra time in the transition after the swim. you wont regret it. you have to remember, there is quite a long and very fast downhill each lap (on the way down to Küsnacht). This makes a big difference to a race where you would ride all flat. in this long downhill you want have a chance to pedal and keep warm. it will be cold and windy going down there. the body temperature will drop quickly. so make sure you think about your clothes before it is too late. make a smart decision and it will make your ride def more “enjoyable”.

see you out there

Mathias

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