June 2018
European & Dutch Champion Long Distance 2017 and worldrecord: 14 (Fourteen!) times Sub 9 hours
From Lanzarote to Kraichgau Racing for so many years, I know I need races to get better and as Challenge Roth on July 1st is a very big race where I want to perform well, I have been racing and it felt like I needed some more racing. For this reason I decided to enter for IM Lanzarote, a race that I always wanted to do, a race on my favorite island where I’ve been training since the beginning of 2000.  As the race is always around one of my favorite races, which is IM 70.3 St. Pölten, I have never been able to do IM Lanzarote. This year I would race IM 70.3 St. Pölten for a 10th time, but for several reasons, all and everything pointed out to not race and so off I went to this beautiful Island Lanzarote. I stayed with my friends at Trisports Lanzarote ( ) I had a lovely week and it really felt like holiday. I felt great going in to the race, had a very good swim even when I got punched and beaten a lot, due to the huge amount of salt water I swallowed I think my stomach got upset and this ruined my race. My nutrition didn’t stay in for one moment and even when riding strong with the later winner Lucy Gossaage, I felt I was getting weaker and weaker. After 170 km I was totally empty and decided to ride home, next weekend is IM 70.3 Kraichgau Germany, the more important race. So Lanzarote was meant to be a good training day and so that’s all what it was, head up and on we go.
Photo credits: Ingo Kutsche