29 February 2008

Training camp 2008 on the island of Lanzarote

From 12th to 26th February I turned my back on the cold German weather and headed for a training camp on the Canary island of Lanzarote. During my third stay at Club La Santa, the top spot for endurance training in Europe, I found perfect conditions to prepare for the triathlon-season 2008. An average air temperature of 20° C and a lot of sunshine helped me to keep up working out in the water, on the bike and on the running track. Now that I have returned back home, I am physically in a great shape and have a good basis for the first triathlon race at the end of May.

06 September 2007

ITU Triathlon World Championships 2007

On September 2nd 2007 the big day had finally arrived. With a mixture of pleasant anticipation, respect and nervousness I faced my first participation in the ITU Triathlon World Championships. By touching the starting line at the "Jungfernstieg" in Hamburg, Germany I fulfilled my dream to represent Germany and wear the black, red and gold coloured national dress in a triathlon race.

The sprint distance race (0.75-22-5km) started in the 16° C cold water of the "Binnenalster", where I got an impression of how strong the competitors at a world championship race are. The first screening took place at the turn buoy, where I literally had to fight for the ideal line, some air to breathe and for a spot above the water surface. On the bike part I benefited from my solid bike training of the past month. On the 22km hilly bike course through Germanys 2nd biggest city I was finally able to achieve to ride an average of 40km/h. The race was completed by a 5km run, where I tried to activate my last energy reserves, which carried me to a great 6th place in the age-group 20-24. This achievement results from hard training, but it wouldn't have been possible without the support of my family, my friends and Harald, of course.

After this great season-finish I will take a few weeks off to recover and to be able start the preparations for the triathlon season 2008.