Sorry for my delated blog, I was a bit busy last week and unfortunately no internet connection the last 5 days.
Winning a title is already difficult enough – but to defend one’s a even much harder. I was the reigning European champion, the expectations were high and I was treated as a clear favorite.
My personal goal was to win the European title and finish sup 9 hours. I knew all my opponents and how fast they can go. I knew their strengths and weaknesses. So I only thing I had to do was, keeping the control of the race which sounds easy but it wasn`t. Brett and I had the same goale/opinion for this race, smart racing! I’ve learned from the past and know how long it takes, in extreme cases, to be physically and mentally back into top shape. I wanted to do better this year.
I thank you all for finger crossed and following me all day at the computer or racecourse. I would also like to say thanks for the countless emails and texts I`ve received since last Sunday. Just incredible feedback!!!
1. Steffen Caroline SUI 8:52:33
2. Beranek Anja GER 9:05:41
3. Abraham Corinne GBR 9:21:03
4. Dietrich Susan GER 9:22:07
5. Goos Sofie BEL 9:28:03
1. Vanhoenacker Marino BEL 8:03:31
2. Kienle Sebastian GER 8:09:55
3. Alonso-McKernan Clemente ESP 8:14:04
4. Raelert Andreas GER 8:17:36
5. Raphael Jan GER 8:18:17
Some links to media and reports:
- SF1 Sportpanorama
- Vanhoenacker and Steffen win Ironman European Championship
- Vanhoenacker, Steffen Beat Out Tough Fields In Frankfurt
- caroline steffen runs to victory
- Cervelo – Xena Repeats with another Win at European Champs