The last race recap is already some time ago and a lot has happened since. To name every result would be way to much as my athletes have done run races on a regular base to prepare for the triathlon season. I want to pick some highlight results of the past weeks in this race recap.
Rebecca Fondermann is working hard on her comeback this summer. A severe surgery interrupted her last season before it really started and kept her from training for several months. After a very cautious built up during autumn and winter she already got back to her strength a lot faster than expected. She finished the Trier Duathlon in second place overall in the beginning of March and could even improve her half marathon personal best two weeks ago. She finished the Bonn half marathon in 10th place overall and could win her agegroup after 1hr25min55sec. I honestly have to admit that I did not expect new personal bests that early in the built up after her surgery! Now it´s just some weeks until she can prove her fitness in the first triathlon race of the season.
Hjordis Olafdottir once again survived an Icelandic winter in her “pain cave” where she did almost all of her training on the turbo or on the treadmill. Last week she showed that it is no excuse if you do not have the very best weather conditions to do your training. She could improve her 5km personal best and finished the Icelandic 5k nationals in first place in her age group after 19min23s! That time was good enough for a 6th place overall.
Cornelia Stähli could break the 20min mark one month ago as well. She finished the Walliseller nighrun 5km run after 19:57min in first place overall!
Distel Pipe did the Walliseller triathlon as his season opener. It is a sprint distance with a 600m pool swim, an 18km bike course and a 4km run. The race was meant to be a hard training after he arrived from his Training camp on Fuerteventura just the day before the race. He finished on a very strong 8th place in his age group even though he raced on his road bike and was tired from the training camp on Fuerteventura! Consistency in training over the past months has lead to improvements in all three disciplines. Now it´s only less than 3 weeks until Ironman 70.3 Pays d´Aix!
Hardy Wiedemann finished a local 10km run in 2nd place overall after 36:16min two weeks ago. This meant a 20s personal best on that course even though he was very sick in March and had two weeks with no training at all. The next test of fitness was the Augsburg half marathon last weekend where he could finish in 3rd place overall after 1:21:06. We are on a very good way in the preparation for Ironman Klagenfurt in July!
Pavel Blagikh ran a half marathon last weekend as well and also showed a very good fitness level after training a lot on the treadmill during the Russian Winter! He finished the run with a new personal best of 1:22:28 even though the conditions were really hard. “We had +5°C, some snow, strong wind and a muddy course - everything we likeJ”.
Tim Marbach had a very strong race at the Metasprint Triathlon (600-18-4) in Singapur. It is hard to believe that he started to train for triathlons only eight months ago! The swim is still a challenge, but he could ride the 5th fastest bike split in his age group (36km/hr) and finished the race with the 16th fastest run (4:30min/km). Tim finished the race in the top 10% of his age group after 1:14:25hrs.