First ride on my new Specialized Alias

April 3rd, 2014 by

Specialized Alias pro 2014

It’s always exciting when a new box signed off Specialized arrives.

This time it contained a  Specialized Alias pro – my choice of weapon for the 2014 season.

Alias is the womens version of the Venge, an aero road bike that is easy to convert into a neat tri TT bike.

It’s meant to be the perfect bike for anyone wanting to combine the best of two worlds.

Which fits someone like me pretty perfect.

I was a bit worried at first, do I need to put away my Amira for someone else? How would that feel? I love my Amira and I think she is one of the best looking bikes out there.  A matt black painted frame with a nice mix of feminine touch and strong competitiveness. Not even to mention how well she fits the demands of ITU racing.

Jeeze, this new Alias really would have to have something special to feel good about the swap.

Alias has a very “Specialized” looking paint job simply lipsticky red and black. The geometry is nice too with the characteristic sloped top tube – and for sure does remind one about the Venge.

But what did make my insides a bit fuzzy was the nice feel she had on the road. She is a quick one that’s for sure.

After the initial first ride the pedals was left on and we bonded that weekend.

A longer steady 4hr on the saturday followed by a 3hr ride with a mix of some longer threshold work and a set of 4x4mins hard.

For a full review check out Bicyclings article.

Playitas camp and getting going

March 12th, 2014 by

Photo: Catarina Axelsson

Photo: Catarina Axelsson

I’m getting better at winters. 

Slowly. It’s still a process. I’ve been updating my wardrobe, getting better equipment and changed my views on how december training is done…

The Australian surf and unforgiving sun is now a memory from the past. Instead knee deep snow and chilly winds, riding CX-bikes and getting used to the darkness has been my reality. And not a bad one really. I have always said that the training environment is the most important. And I’m realizing the weather and the place is only a part of this. The people, the guidance and the facilities are just as, if not more, important.

I have all that in Stockholm.

But I also have a place with sunshine and warmth in Playitas, Fuerteventura. I have flights down there with Apollo.

So my life got pretty darn good when I got to combine all those great things into one camp.

I brought Coach Ludde down with a couple of swimmers and triathletes I train with. I brought Calle for his back wheel and company. And Catarina for the photos.

Well to be honest, I didn’t bring Catarina, Asics did.

She came out to capture some of that daily work for Asics photo archives.

A lot of good people together in a place with great facilities and awesome weather. 

The camp was good I tell you. 

Some more running has been introduced to my week. Some more endurance on the road replaced a few of the many swim sessions I had on my plan back in Stockholm.

The coffee was not only cheaper but also tasted better.

One focused camp and a little leap ahead in terms of fitness.

I’m still not where I need to be, but one step at a time the pieces are falling into place.

Photo: Catarina Axelsson

Photo: Catarina Axelsson

Photo: Catarina Axelsson

Photo: Catarina Axelsson

Preliminary schedule for 2014

February 20th, 2014 by

Lisa Norden on the podium in the ITU Triathlon Series Stockholm 2012

So the plan for this season has been laid.

As always, there might be a few changes here and there. Throughout the years I have learnt that things rarely goes exactly the way they were planned. Sport is all about being flexible and adapting to whatever might be thrown at you.

But this is what I would like to do.

Season 2014

March ITU Continental Cup TBC

April 26-27 ITU World Series Cape Town South Africa

May 17-18  ITU World Series Yokohama Japan

May 31-June 1  ITU World Series London United Kingdom

July 12-13 ITU World Series Hamburg Germany

August 23-24 ITU World Series Stockholm Sweden

Aug 26-Sept 1 ITU World Series Edmonton* Canada

September, October and November are still unplanned but will take shape shortly. As usual I like to mix up my racing a bit, some non drafting races and maybe a few longer ones.

Anyone with a cool event is most welcome to send me an invitation and it will be considered :)

It might take a little while until I get back to pour champagne over my competitors. But looking at the picture above it make me very much wanting to get back into that kind of activities again.

Super excited for the year up ahead!

*ITU Grand Final