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1st IRONMAN 70.3 Phuket – It was unique and unforgettable « Caroline Steffen’s Blog


1st IRONMAN 70.3 Phuket – It was unique and unforgettable

Who can say, “I’ve crossed the finish line together with an elephant”? I can, I and Mr. Dumbo ran together the last 2oom of the 70.3 Phuket which was rewarded with some tenderness at the end – ok, he nearly yank out my head but it’s probably a sign of affection in the language of the elephants?

That was certainly the most diverse and challenging 70.3 course I’ve ever done. The organizers did everything to make this first Asia-Pacific Championship 70.3 Ironman to a very special event. It was unique and unforgettable! The swim course was divided into two sections with a little short run in the middle to the other side of a sand dune, changing from salt in to the freshwater lagoon. The bike course was very technical, with many sharp curves, steep ramp-like hills and twice, we had to leave the bike for crossing a 3-level highway bridge. On the final half-marathon, the runcourse past golf course, beach and hotel facilities which meant, lot of curves and constant background change. I was just perfect, I love challenging race courses.

With my 2nd place in Hawaii and now the victory at the Asia-Pacific Championship, I’ve enough points to take the lead in the WTC (World Triathlon Corporation) worldranking, which makes me very proud. Fourth win on the fourth IRONMAN 70.3 in 2010, what can I say, I’m just so happy with my race. I didn’t had much time to get ready, but I gave my best. Since Hawaii, I was focused a bit more on the swim, which has paid off in this race already.

Thank you TBB for your support in Phuket!  Thank you Coach for the last 3 tough weeks in Krabi! Thanks Azmil for changing my brakepads in the last second!

See you in Switzerland,

Steffen und O’Donnell gewinnen Premiere
Starke Nerven: Steffen gewinnt IM 70.3 Asia
Swiss Triathlon
O’Donnell, Steffen Win Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Champs
O’Donnell, Steffen take Asia-Pacific 70.3

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