TWO HALF’IRONMANS IN A WEEK OUCH!
Going into the race I knew it would be tough,and a big ask to have my body repeat last weeks effort!
Yes that may sound a little crazy,but not to me! I did race two Half Ironman’s in one week Challenge France last weekend and Challenge Kraichgau Germany Sunday!
Let me tell you it was a task I thought I may find challenging, but at the same time with Brett’s guidance I was also confident. Firstly I was sure I would have no problem recovering and secondly that I could do the repeat, and be just as strong in the second race!
So our plan went really well I had a solid swim,but again made the mistake of starting the opposite side to ‘the pro males’ ‘Macca’ and the likes.I stayed away too scared to think what they would be thinking”why is Bek behind us?? ” and afraid of getting punched.
This probobly cost me the lead pack as Brett will no doubt agree,so next time maybe I will try to play footsies with Macca as Lucie does so well at this..any tips Luce?
During the swim I was trying so hard to drop two people sitting beside me,but I just couldnt get rid of them.I excited the water realising it was James and Keegan and also Lilsbeth was there so we all came out together,then I didnt mind so much haha!
Onto my Cervelo,my baby, and I felt strong right from the start and continued to push through-out and hold off the lead age group/pro mens pack which inc fellow team mate Keegan until the 75km mark…when they went by me!
I was so excited to finally be leading on the bike,with head down and bum up i forgot to drink and was severly reminded when I jumped off the bike to try and run!
….My legs jsut didnt want to go,my head was saying ‘fricken run” but the legs needed some hydration which i managed to get in by the second lap and started to feel half decent.
I passed Lilly around the same point each lap,she was running great and looking amazing, and had taken over second place with a huge lead, I was really happy for her!
So my run was a little bit of a struggle for me, which is unusual as this is usually my strong point,but you live and learn!
I was happy overall with my race and ofcourse my secong win in a week!
The event was extremely well run and the Pro and age group athletes were treated like royalty!
The atmosphere was fantastic with the end of the race I even managed a can can with Thomas Helreigels brother Steffen who is the race director!The mercurycontinued to rise and temperatures hit 30 degrees,but the tunes continued pupming at the finish with hundreds of spectators gathering to take in the highs of a great day…awesome atmosphere that ‘s what i love about this sport!
Personal thanks to Doc for giving me the confidence in myself to ‘backup’, and his athletes performances over the weekend were two 1sts, three 2nd’s, a 3rd a 4th and a 5th in international events…not too shabby???
Next up is another awesome event, a Challenge race of-course, Roth Challenge in 4 weeks. Between now and then we are going to be putting in some really big weeks and very tough sessions, but I know it will all be worthwhile!