Usually the day before such a short and impulsive race, I recall some memories and try to analyse what went well and what went not so well the last time. I was competing at this event in 2015, so three years ago. It was a fast and furious race at that time. During the swimming I collided with the competitor who was overtaking in the opposite direction. On the uphill bike section, I pushed very hard. I could still hear my excessive, deep and fast breathing, while overtaking on the hill.
This year the same intention was present, but the day before the race I felt miserable and sick. I went to bed earlier with hope to recover till morning. Though I moved like in slow motion through the race morning, I felt much better. I was in Frauenfeld early enough to avoid any traffic jams, to park, to register and to check-in the bike. Inside the pool area, where the swim starts, I met a younger fellow with whom I swam some time ago on Fridays. He was very excited, so I became as well. I could feel the initial flurry of enthusiasm, but decided to quiet my mind. Certainly it was not very clever to start the sprint triathlon at high heart rate and over excited. As soon as my young friend was off, I had some time to warm up and get ready. The swimming was easy, though I was overtaking constantly. This time I took attention and looked if someone was coming from the opposite direction. As soon as I stepped out of the pool, the speaker announced my time loudly. I knew that the time was good and that I am on the right way. The transition was definitely not fast, so I lost a lot of time there. The ride along the first uphill was also not as well as I could do. My average speed was low. The downhills were fast and scary as I was accelerating very quickly. Therefore I decided to push a bit on the final, flat part, where I averaged about 45 kmph and managed to catch some competitors. Riding at this speed felt really good, but it was questionable for how long I could hold. Finally, the run. We had to do 3 loops, in total 5.4 km. The first one was hard, but I felt more confident on the second and third while speeding up and overtaking. At run at my top according to the pace, but I was feeling good. In the end, my finish was strong and happy.
Even though nowadays triathlons gain on popularity, they become very competitive and technical. For me this kind of racing is still about exploring my own limits followed by desire to do better, faster and without breaking-in. It is like balancing on the tiny edge until reaching the other end.
|Tri Frauenfeld||Tri Frauenfeld|
|Rank overall short 45-54||37||37|
|Rank man short 45-54||4||13|
|Number total man short 45-54||16||25|
|Number overall short 45-54||106||99|
|Zytturm Tri||Zytturm Tri|
|rank overall short 45-54||48||66|
|rank man short 45-54||11||17|
|number total man short 45-54||18||26|
|number overall short 45-54||58||58|