Xterra Czech - solid working my way up to the podium
August 8, 2015
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XTERRA World Championships 2014 - hot, dirty and fast
November 3, 2014
The final race of a very fun season has come. A year ago I took the decision on Maui to race pro again and train harder and more and return better prepared. The year went by and I could race in so many different places and celebrate a lot of good results. After Xterra Denmark I took a week down time and from there it was pure focus on the race course and heat of Maui. The training mostly at lunch time in the sun and similar profiles as the race. The additional training camp week in California added the cherry on top for the prep. I arrived fit and ready to go on Maui. Two days before the race my back unfortunately started to look up and the night before, my neck was completely solid. I am so thankful to Todd, who came over to the house late at night and cracked everything back in place, which helped me sleep a few more hours.
Raceday morning, all went as it should in the preps, except my neck was a mess again. After the warm up my mission was to find Todd on Fleming beach and have him do the magic again. Less then 10min before the start we bumped into each other and sure thing he did his magic. I will never forget the looks from the people around us when my neck popped in place like bursting bubblewrap. Again a big thank you Todd!
Start, the ocean was exactly after my taste this morning. We had some good swells already during the week, but Fleming beach can be also as flat as a mirror. Not this morning, nice beach break surf and very choppy behind - just how I like it. The swim went great, up to the 400m turn I was with the top 5 guys, on the way back still hanging on to the lead group and out of the water in a good position. The stretch to the second turn I must have had a weak moment losing contact to the group and ending up swimming by myself. The last exit then was my little moment of joy, when a wave came in the right moment and I could bodysurf all the way onto the beach. Transition and the start of the bike went as planned and I was starting my "keeping cool" strategy. Ice on my back in the camelback and some wind this year made the heat not too bad. The pace of Josiah and Yeray was to big for my, so was it from Michi and when Jim came by I worked hard to stay on his wheel. I guess the back issues was still a factor and I did not have my bike legs in this race - so it was a damage control now. On the very top at "zip lines" I also lost Jim and was now riding with two guys I did not know. Shortly after Albert and Llewellyn caught up to us and in a pack of 5 we arrived back on the golf course and into the switchbacks. With very little time differences we arrived in the second transition. Going in T2 I could see Roger and Yeray coming out. There I realized that the race was still on and not completely lost. On the first mile of the run Cedric caught up and I tried to match his pace. Roger and Yeray were completely overheated and from the previous bike group only Albert was ahead of me. The run for me went very well, wish I could have stopped for a pee break, but there was no time for that and the heat was still working other guys to catch. Very sorry for Francois when I passed him at mile 4, poor fellow was deep in the red on the bike and once overheated it is hard on the run with a glowing body. The final stretch on the beach and up the hill to the finish were this time a joyful moment for me. I actually could still see in colors and hear people cheering.
Finishing 19th at the Xterra World Championships 2014 is an acceptable result for me. I did not get chicked and not aged grouped, so that is also on the plus side. I know I could ride faster and do bette, so 2015 I need to come back and prof that - already looking forward to it.
A big thank you to the Brown family who hosted so many people this year including Claudine and myself. So generous, friendly and good hatred - thank you!
Final thank you go out to DT Swiss, Humanspeed, Casco helmets, Dextro Energy, O-Motion, Bregnard-Velo.ch, Holzbau Eyewear and Bulb for their support in 2014.
Thank you all the the many images, cheering, finger crossing and good luck wishes - I will see you again in 2015