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ETU European Championships Schluchsee
July 19, 2015
Schluchsee, Germany - back in red and white, racing in the national colors for Switzerland and Swisstriathlon. The journey to Schluchsee was unusually short and easy for a race this year for me. Being just 1:30hrs north and 30min behind the boarder, it was a quick drive there.
I have never been to the Schwarzwald before and so I added some training and discovering the area there before.
On race day the first thing I saw was a big flash and thunder sound after it. The weather was much colder then the days before and some rain added just a little water on the track. As usual the lineup and pre start process was tedious slow and long. Pros were not allowed any wetsuits due to 21C water temperature, but the rain and wind made it very fresh.
The swim start was as assumed super fast and the German team was staked with road triathletes. The swim was a two loop with Australian exit, but it was super long. Just feeling of the distance it must have been 1800m and the exit time with 25min support that. The bike course was unfortunately nothing worthy for a cross triathlon.
3 single trail sections and a wood log on the way made up the difficulty, the rest wide forest roads and tar. Due to the start procedure the elite and u23 started first, followed by the juniors, which did only 1 loop in the swim, 1 bike and 2 loops run and with this half of what the elite did. But due to this they got first out of the water and now got overtaken by the elite one by one on the bike. In the first loop downhill at the end it happened that I had a junior in front of me and in the attempt to pass it happened that the back wheel took out my front wheel and I crashed hard.
My mistake taking the risk trying passing there, but still it hurts. With this I lost the good group I was in until there and only got lucky when Markus Benesch caught up to me and we teamed up to chase the others ahead. In T2 my first step on the run was a ugly reminder that my hip was hurt (again). My left leg just sagging away and only with pain getting into the first running steps. The first of 4 loops on the run I struggled to hold the pace and make some distance up. Now the run lap was getting more and more crowded with the age group athletes, making it harder and harder to pass on the single trail sections. The pathetic wave start planing of the organisation reached climax and nobody was able to tell who was leading, what lap they are in or what category they belong to. Best was that even the lead biker was accompanying the second place elite racer, leaving Jens in the believe leading the race - not knowing that Arthur passed him earlier on. Suddenly on the second it started to feel better and I was able to pass more and more competitors.
In the 4th lap I was fully back and flying to the finish, but as soon as I passed away the adrenaline was gone. My leg and hip just hurting a lot and limping out of the race. I was luckily nothing worse then some cuts and bruises happened to me. So I left very disappointed not being able to show my full potential the race. I will have to wait another year to do my best at Europeans.