Just before the winter arrived in my hometown Leipzig the camp starts at Mallorca. 2 weeks of training was perfekt at the beautiful place Porto Colom. The weather was very good and I was still in a good shape. The main goal was to improve our endurance but also some quality seshs for the early start in 2013. We could work very well in all three disciplines. Thanks to Diana, Jo, Markus, David and our host Roman. Now it is time to fly back right before Christmas. I don’t want to miss Santa Claus.
Now I am alreday back in all day routine since 4 weeks. What happened ??? After my last race in Barcelona, I had some problems with my legs… do not know if I should call it injury, but it caused quite a lot of pain, so I used my break to get back in a healthy mood, and hopefully it worked out that way. 2012 was a year, I would´ not like to miss , and indeed I am concerned that 2013 can get even better. Why ??? Because I would like to start in Hawaii 2013… We can call it a huge step !!! According to Kris Gemmel “A journey of 1000 steps begins with a single step” In my opinion I have done quite a lot of steps my entirely life and now I cannot wait anymore, to get to hear the signal of the pirate canone
“GUYS YOU ARE ON”
Respect of the race… is the right mood, but being afraid no way,
So now I have to improve my training and afterwards get qualified for Kona as soon as possible. My race shedule is not defined at the moment, but the main goal will be collecting points, point, points in Ironman and 70.3 Ironman races.
Time is running, what should I say at first… I do not know exactly, but that shouldn´t be a whole summary of my whole season, but for the moment I am quite confident with all my results to that point. I had some great weeks down in Bavaria and tried to use the mountains to get rid of losing 5 minutes on the bike, so in my opinion I would say, I am well prepared for Barcelona and in my memories it was a beautiful race last year, why shouldn´t it happens this year again… But in my dreams or rather say imagines, I would like to move up just a tiny bit. Actually I have nothing to lose, because 2012 was just awesome and hopefully Barcelona will be the top of the mountains…See you down the course
Swim without wetsuit is normal no problem but unfortunately it was on this day different. I felt like a duck, what I acted a backlog of over two minutes on the topone. On the bike my goal was to work hard in the group. We quickly gathered up a few pros from the front. The gab to the top group, we wasen t able to close but we could shake off a few athletes. I think I leaved T2 on 7-8 position. There was only one direction and that forward. Not too fast but not too slow, I started to run where the heat reached its peak. I quickly catched a few guys what motivated me to continue to put pressure to get on the podium. I knew after the first round that the first place was safed for Stephen but that I finished second on that day showed me again fight to the end is always worthwhile.
congrats to the hole teamTBB for an great competition
1. Stephen Bayliss (GBR) 3:59:57
2. Per Bittner (GER) 4:03:49
3. Scott Defilippis (USA) 4:04:35
4. Brett Carter (AUS) 4:06:21
5. Sylvain Rota (FRA) 4:07:43
This weekend will be my second long distance race for this season. The challenge Vichy is in the beautiful country of France my favourite country in Europe. The last days the weather was really hot there and all the time over 30 degrees. I guess the swim will be without wetsuit. The bike course headed out on 2 loops in and around Vichy with some little hills. The run course will be in a park with 4 loops. Run and bike will be flat and fast. There will be a lot of TBB athletes on the start line so it will be a good opportunity to meet they.
So I hope the bike training works out and I can still dominate on the bike.
Lets go out and have some fun. It will be a cool road trip with my buddy Martin.
It was time to leave Leipzig and follow the call to my coaches home town Bad Tölz. What can I say. It is a great place to be. The main goal was to improve my bike skills and I think Bad Tölz was the right place for this campaign. We worked hard on the mountains and we did a lot of TT intervals. I learned a lot new things how to train the bike part right. Also the run part didn’t came to short with a lot of hard track sessions. The first week is done. This week Jo and Diana will leave Bad Tölz to hit Challenge Kopenhagen. So its on me to hit the streets for another high quality week.
I had also the chance for my second bike fitting with RETÜL. Cheers Jo, Markus, Diana and Bike Boutique Bad Tölz for a great time in Bad Tölz.
I had a great weekend with an great race in Roth. I was very nervous before the race. It was a big race and also in my home country.
I had a very good swim and I came out with the first group. It build up a big bike group and it was very busy. After 30k this group this group got splited and I found me in the second group. I am not sure it was the right group for me or I had more in the pocket. With good legs and a gab of 10 minutes to the next group I started run fast. Hop or Top I would say in german. I got closer to the 7th position. After 35k I saw the next guy but I wasn’t able to overtake. The last 5k was like hell. At least with my 9th place I got a top ten place in an top pro field.
Congratulations to James and Stephen, great race.
1. James Cunnama (RSA) 7:59:59
2. Timo Bracht (GER) 8:03:28
3. Mike Aigroz (SUI) 8:08:01
4. Cameron Brown (NZL) 8:10:05
5. Stephen Bayliss (GBR) 8:13:01
6. Konstantin Bachor (GER) 8:13:36
7. Dorian Wagner (GER) 8:19:47
8. Georg Potrebitsch (GER) 8:21:39
9. Per Bittner (GER) 8:22:51
10. Roeland Smits (NED) 8:32:10
This weekend is race day again. ETU Challenge roth long distance European champs. It will be my first start there and lot of guys told me it will be awesome. This race is one of the biggest races here in germany with a great atmosphere. Swim course is in a canal, the bike course are 2laps just a bit hilly and run course is flat. This means a super fast course with fast splits. I had a good regeneration after my last half. There are a lot of good pros on the start list also a few from TeamTBB.
Lets go out and have some fun.