Two thirds in Auckland


March 29th, 2015 by



Lisa Norden driving the pack in Auckland

It was a day of mixed emotions in Auckland today.

An under par swim – a very strong bike – and a run that didn’t happen.

As I mentioned earlier the focus is about the process and obviously there are a lot of things I can take with me from this race.

But the party happens at the finish line, which means right now all the focus will be on my left achilles and getting it healthy. Because I’m very much aware of that there is a 10k run between myself and that line at the moment.

 

The achilles has been improving – but It didn’t like running at speed with race flats…

And with having such a long and important season ahead I had I can’t risk it’s taking any longer than absolutely necessary.

In Abu Dhabi I pushed through and it set back the healing process by almost three weeks.

I had my hopes to a feeling that it would be safe to run through, but unfortunately that was not the case.

Well done all the girls fighting hard out there today.

 

WTS Auckland around the corner


March 27th, 2015 by



Photo: Nina Gastreich

Photo: Nina Gastreich

It’s two and a half year since I sat before the cameras at the Cloud in Auckland last time.

Back then there was a lot of nerves involved and a World Title on the line.

At the time I didn’t know the amount of drama that was going unfold before that title eventually was going to become mine and wrap up my year.

Probably a good thing in hindsight.

Yesterday the press conference was less tense and more enjoyable for me.

I’m liking to be back in NZ (it has been very good to me so far) and it’s good to be here with Darren and most of the squad. The focus is on the process – not the outcome and I have a list of things I have to do well tomorrow. The course is tough and will prove challenging on the bike. Something I really appreciate with this race, any race really that has them attributed (more please !).

 

Lisa Norden at the press conference

Photo: Nina Gastreich

 

Missing Jodie here - but making the most of her paper version

How to watch
The women’s race will start at 12:50pm local time on Sunday, March 29, while the men open their WTS season later in the day at 3:40pm local time. Find international start times for women here and men here. If you haven’t already, buy your season pass to watch the races live at triathlonlive.tv. You can also follow along live on twitter @worldtriathlon.

From Cambridge to Gold Coast via Abu Dhabi


March 16th, 2015 by



Lisa Norden first off the bike in Abu Dhabi

It was the long way to Australia from New Zealand this time. A stop in Abu Dhabi was certainly not enroute but as my gold status with Star Alliance runs out next month I try as I hard as I can on accumulating miles. Or no, actually no I don’t.

I don’t chase miles for a living, I chase points.

Eventually wins.

And after having chased around on a few conti points in NZ the offering in the UAE was humongous in comparison. But it was a gamble. My achilies said enough was enough after the race in Takapuna and I had only been able to do “runs” on the crosstrainer to conserve my fitness. And it’s not the same. It’s like trying to swim a 400m pb doing breaststroke only. It’s close to impossible. But the flights were booked and there was that chance that I could hold it together.

I survived the 22hr long travel only to be told my bike did not. After a few days I found out it had decided to stay in Sydney. I don’t blame it, Sydney is a nice place. But while it (the bike) was eating Tim Tams drinking Foster Specialized was scrambling for a spare bike for me in Abu Dhabi. They found one (heros) and slowly I started to feel more comfortable looking at my racesuit.

The course was technical and eventually it would show that chasing a mountain biking boyfriend offseason was well invested time for me. Even if I (more than occasionally) get told off that my cornering skills are questionable and my lack of keeping speed and choosing lines could be about 99% procent better – I still hold my ground on the ITU circuit.

I had a good swim and could quite quickly bridge up to the front group together with Flora. I knew she was the wheel to suck going through the technical bits – and without planning it we got a gap on the front group. A little breakaway, when did that happen last? Probably in Lausanne 2010 when me, Daniela Ryf and Moffat got away in the sprint world champs. I won the title that year. But then I had two good achilies and lots of running in the bank. Different story.

But it’s a great form of racing, its hard but fun and it normal pays off.

Rosie Hall bridged up to us and eventually also training partner Lindsey Jerdonek and Katie Zafares (who unfortunately – for her, did get dropped on the last lap). We made up a lot of time on the last lap and had just short of a minute to the main group hitting T2.

I was first in – and first off. 

After the years being away from the circuit it was such a good feeling to find myself back in this position again. 

I was here, I was racing  – and I belonged.

That is until everyone started running. Achilles, right I remembered…

I did get through the 5k’s but not much more. Coach would have cringed if he saw me out on the course. Luckily he was spared and the cameras had shifted their attention to the pointy end of the race. 

Where Flora was flying the breakaway flag high claiming 3rd place (well done Gwen for yet another monstrous run).

I finished 21st – and I did manage to get some points.

Mission completed.

After a day at the Yas Island beach I got back on the plan to catch up with the coach and the rest of D-Squad at the Gold Coast.

Two weeks of training (and mainly rehabbing) before surviving another one of these in Auckland end of March.

Better things to come

 

Lisa Norden biking in Abu Dhabi

Enroute to course training with my borrowed Specialized tarmac.

 

Lisa Norden and Calle Friberg

With stand in coach and boyfriend calle friberg post race