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Hawaii – Racereport

“Only 3 hours to go Xena, run your own pace and then you’ll finishing this race and everything is done”. So I’ve cheer on myself  when I started in my marathon at this year’s Hawaii Ironman. I felt anything but good. My legs felt sluggish, my body was a bit overheated, such as a car who is standing  for hours in the blistering heat in a traffic jams.

After a successful swim,  I took the second place behind Julie Dibens (GBR) after a few km’s on the bike , which I then maintained over the full 180km. I tried to make a good time gap to the women in front and behind me but the time gap’s remained the same. When I came into T2, I was still holding the 2nd place just in front of Amy Marsh who pushed very hard in the last 40km. At this moment I knew, everyhing can still happen in the marathon. I said to myself, anything is still possible if I stay smart and do not make any mistakes. So I ran my pace, I would have like to have a little more distance from the other runners as soon as possible. They were now called. I made more pressure on the front and wasn’t worried when the excellent runner in the field Mirinda ran past me as the places fill up fast on the podium. I was not worried when the “flying Mirinda” pulled away from me, because it was what I expected – like when Julie began to walk because of cramps. All according to my plan, I thought. All I have to do is to bring it back home now.

I had the perfect day and could really enjoy the finish. At this point, many thanks to the sponsor of the Swissflag! I’ve now brought in my luggage to Australia – I hope to carry the Swissflag again in triumph over another finish line soon.

Cheers  from Mooloolaba,

Xena

“She might call the Sunshine Coast home for six months of the year, but Caroline Steffen says she will always wave the flag for Switzerland.” Sunshine Coast Daily 15 Oct 2010

Congratulation to all my teammates!!!

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