Challenge Lisboa

 

Challenge Lisboa was 3rd race this year. I finished 3rd overall and this is nice upgrade after finishing 4th in Challenge Riccione two weeks ago. I came to Lisbon one day before the race and it was the first time that I had race one day after flying. I knew the course from last year, only few changes were made on the run, but in general it is fast and simple course to follow.

I had a bad swim and P.G.Dapena gave us (w Parick Dirksmeier) more than a minute. I made a good T1 and left transition area on 2nd place. Bike was not easy especially on the downhill where heavier guys (Dirksmeier & Moldan) pushed strong. We caught Dapena on the last loop out of 4 and everything was settled for the run. Flat out and back run (less than 20 km) felt pretty easy and comfortable and out of three (Dapena & Dirksmeier) I came third overall. This was the best run so far this year but still missing one gear to be able to conquer top podium position.

However I am happy with the result and now focus is on longer distances where lack of speed is not so important. Next race is approaching fast as Challenge Venice is just around the corner.

Results

 


Challenge Roma – huge field of professionals

Day was nice with some rain drops and Sahara sand falling from the sky. We started at 13.15 which was quite unusual for me. My race has started or if you want finished 10 days before race day. Out of stupidity I twisted my ankle so bad that I was thinking about not to show up on the line. Few ligament fractures gave me feeling of instability in my feet. Blood traveling around the joint and feeling of exploding heel reached peak when I came to Rome.

With RICE therapy I was ready to stand on the line on Sunday afternoon, but I couldn’t think 100 % about the race. Swimming was unrelaxed because I couldn’t kick freely, so I started riding from 16th place.

At the begging I picked up some riders and after 10 minutes we became second group (appx. 6 riders). Two riders broke away and we were chasing another 6 riders in front of us. At that time I was averaging 325w and had a great feeling for the rest of the race. After a while we caught the group in front of us and we all became huge group. After that point my wattage went down quickly, so or we slowed down or there was drafting effect. I still wanted to put some pressure on the paddles, but we stayed together. Riding times were quick because we shortened one part of the course (3 x 5 km), still don’t know why.

Run was quick from the beginning, though I was unrelaxed where visibility was poor (tunnel, sand on the footpath). Sore feeling in the ankle was gradually building up especially on curves, turns and uneven surfaces. After first lap out of three I was on the 12th spot and running out of energy.

Aid station was bad placed and insufficient. Finished 13th which is OK, but not what I was looking for. However I am happy to finish the race, didn’t get injured more and I have clear vision on what to focus on in the future.

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