Aquathlon Tesserete 2017

Члан триатлон клуба БК ГОРСКИ из Сокобање, Раде Миленковић, учествовао је, 27. маја 2017. године, у швајцарском кантону Тичино, на трци Aquathlon Tesserete. Пливао је 500 метара и претрчао 4 километра за 27 минута и 58 секунди. Бржи за 6 стотинки, освојио је ДРУГО МЕСТО на овом акватлону и постигао за два места бољи резултат у својој категорији, него пре годину дана. Пети у генералном пласману, страва резултат пред IRONMAN 70.3 Switzerland.

Браво, Раде!

Rade: A very hot day, but I was mentally prepared to go fast as the chance to get a good ranking was high. When you compete with the young, you may easily reach your limits and the only question was how to persist and hold for good 30 minutes.

I was not looking around, trying to find the reason who was better, who was faster. I switched off and tried to focus on what I had to do. Finally, after a long waiting, we entered the pool.

The Start

Countdown. We started. I was in the last lane with 2 other athletes. We all went high, but what pushed me to sustain the high tempo, was the fellow who was all the time just behind me. I kept the distance, but it was clear that there was the one who could challenge and follow at the same pace I was ready to race. So, the race actually started to become the race between the two of us. I was a bit faster, jumped out of water, but I lost a lot of time in the transition. At the beginning of the run, he was just behind me.

The Run

The run was the trail run with a long uphill section and several downhill sections. On the uphill sections, we all had to slow down, but on the downhill sections I saw the chance. The intention was not to rest, but to speed up. We had to do 3 loops. On the second loop, the fellow athlete overtook me on the uphill section. I had to make an instant decision, do I give up, do I hold on? After having entered the wood, we both caught the lady, who was a very fast swimmer. I saw my chance. Just before the downhill section, I executed my final pass, let my legs without control and practically sprinted along short downhill. I made 10 m, but after a few minutes lost 5 m. The final uphill was ahead. Now it was really hard, but I kept on. Finally, the last attack happened on the flat part, 50 m before the finish. I won, 4 s ahead and dropped to the ground. The fellow athlete brought me a glass of water. He won as well. After 1984, it was my first podium place, I was second in my age group.


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