Xterra Czech - solid working my way up to the podium
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Perfect day at Biennathlon 2014
June 22, 2014
After 6 editions being part of the organization at the Biennathlon the organization team took last summer the decision to offer a proper cross-triathlon - so there was no way for me to not race and switch back to the athletes. Thank you Claudine for taking my place and organizing everything!
Sunday morning at 7:30am I was in transition, me and my bike all alone, not many people already 3hrs ahead of the start around. I was still on a mission to help build the swim start. Claudine injured and Petra - BIG thank you Petra - being all by herself to build the swim entry and exit zone. So quick change back in my organization role and helping with the last few things. An hour later I was relived that all was set, or at least on a good way and now I could focus as an athlete on the race.
I was very happy to see so many of the Tri Club Seeland athletes in transition, all with a smile, some more - some less nervous about the adventure to come (1.5km swim, 26km bike with 900m climb and 9km run with 450m climb).
Then finally the time came and at 10:30am the gun went off. I started the swim with a very hard pace to test if Samuel Hürzeler and Marc Pschebizin could follow. At the first buoy I was all by myself in the front swimming into complete sun blindness. By 900m somebody tickled me on my feet, only at the swim exit I realized that it was my good friend and team fellow Peter Naegeli (AG60!), who again rocked the swim! In T1 I played my first magic trick and grew some distance on Samuel. The first 8km on the bike I remained in a safety modus to not burn to much energy for the next 3 weekends to come (XTERRA-CH, -FR and -SV), but in the last uphill section I took the decision to start the big engine and go for it.
On the top of “Ende der Welt” my favorite section came. I love this downhill, this is my home turf, I know the perfect line by heart! So I went with a 30sec lead into the long downhill and at the bottom of the hill my lead grew to 4min 30sec on Samuel.
When I went on the run and climbed the first stairs I could see Samuel arriving on the Strandboden, so I calculated that I was about 3-4min ahead of him. I took the luxury of saving some energy on the very steep parts and just walk them, the heat was asking his tribute and my hamstrings were near cramping up. The running course is one of the most beautiful I know, the last 3km are a pure single trail bliss! I took so much energy from that section kept my legs under control and arriving in an arena of screaming people filled with many familiar faces. It was just incredible! So many friends that welcomed me on the finish line, seeing me doing what I enjoy most – no words to describe that! I think not many are that lucky to have that kind of arrival in their home town during their career – feeling very blessed.
My respect go out to Samuel, Marc making this a challenging race and my training buddies Sami, Florian, Peter, Marco, Matthias, Cédric, Adrian, Urs, Thomas and Alex – congrats all for your race and finishing this challenge! We have spend a lot of time on these trails already in the winter when there was snow all over the palace and we looked like pigs after each Sunday morning workout – good memories!
A big thank you goes out to the hundreds of volunteers, the Swiss Zivilschutz, the sponsors of the Biennathlon and the entire organization team. You have made this possible! You taught me how much work and dedication there is behind a race – you made it a perfect race. Thank you all!