Mooloolaba World Cup

March 12th, 2016 by

Lisa Norden Mooloolaba WC 2016

Back to back racing. 

A year ago I would have given my arm for that combination on my calendar. 

When Facebook tells you what you did a year ago and you see a picture of yourself tethered to the stairs in the local pool, running.

Not fun. I much rather be on the streets of Mooloolaba battling with slow legs and a burning sun. The wonderful edges of the spectra to get a full taper, feel fresh and then go on and smash yourself to bits and fall on your knees once the line is crossed.

Its been a good block of racing, the Abu Dhabi WTS followed by the shorter sprint distance in Mooloolaba WC.

A sprint is fun. It’s short but more intense. The pace is on from the start and never dips down to a more controlled comfortable steady state.

I had a great swim this time, a notch up from Abu Dhabi and closer to the front from the first buoy already. The surf maybe played into my hands a little bit, my long legs and some history training and Bondi Beach/Sydney years ago gave me a good starting position once out behind the break to start swimming.

We were a smallish group of about 10 girls out on the bike and pushed the pace quite hard early on. This gave us a break to the chasers which we lap by lap managed to increase a little. Off the bike we had about 45 seconds. Jodie took off and went on cruise home the win in similar style to last weekend. I battled with slow legs, not used to the speed quite yet. I ran away from some girls in our bike pack – but also had some speedy ones coming from behind running through me. Being aware of the points and how important every place is I tried to hold my ground as much as I could – and finished 11th.

A 10th (abu dhabi) and 11th (Mooloolaba) is definitely a tick and a thumbs up. The body is in one piece and we have a four week phase ahead to do some proper work. The base block I finally was able to build this winter will provide a good stepping stone for the next step – where some more speed and specific race pace will be done.

After a bit of lunch and playing in the surf we’ll drive down to the Gold Coast and get cracking on the next phase.

Mooloolaba WC

Gearing up for Abu Dhabi

February 17th, 2016 by

Photo: Etienne van Rensburg

Photo: Etienne van Rensburg

It’s crazy how quick the time seems to disappear sometimes.

They do say that it passes quicker with age, yet I’m to experience a 2hr Olympic Distance race to pass by quicker…

It still feels, and will probably always feel, like a long day out there.

When we arrived down here it felt like an eternity of time ahead. So many days and sessions were to come by before that race debut in Abu Dhabi was going to happen. Now we have a week and a half left before the flight departs from Capetown. Definitely not an eternity. You can count the session and you really want to get the most out of each and every one of them.

But its been a solid phase and I look back with no regrets.

I’m not in a position to panic or trying to stress things. My body told me loud and clear that it didn’t want to play ball unless I made sure it could dictate the pace. It’s been a very sensible and useful block, the base I have been looking for in the past two years.

In the start it didn’t feel like much happened, yes I was able to take the load and do the training mapped out for me, but I didn’t feel great. After the first “mini break” where we had a few days off I almost came back more tired and a bit sore (yes a bit was that I accidentally happened to crack my little toe after I dropped a water bottle on it…). Then slowly I could feel things change and the body bouncing back. A few quicker sessions and suddenly I found a bit of speed. The steady runs felt more manageable and the longs runs didn’t cost as much effort.

The whole group is going great and its been a nice to watch, and be a part, of that upwards spiral in performance.

The time left in Stellenbosch will be slightly different to the what we used to. Volume will come down and intensity increase. Resting will play a bigger role and we will try to hit are intensity (and more) not to be absolutely in chock come race day. Tonight we all join in a local 10k (Ginos fun run) to get a wee taste of the feeling of hurt again. These little hitouts are great primers for bigger things. We are all tired and reluctant to the prospect of running hard for that amount of time. But viewed as a tempo session with number pinned to your chest I think we’ll all survive (more or less…).

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Photo: Etienne van Rensburg

Photo: Etienne van Rensburg

Stellenbosch wintertraining

January 14th, 2016 by


Lisa Norden Amira in Stellenbosch

Photo: Etienne van Rensburg, Specialized

It’s been just over a month.

Training is solid – and above all consistent.

I’d like to say FINALLY! I’m here, I’m training, I’m building a base.

I’m giving myself the opportunity to race well next year. And I’m getting a feel of what it’s like to be fitter and stronger again.

But then… every time I said that before something has happened to abrupt stop my progression moving forward.

So lets not say it. Touch wood. Lets just enjoy the time of training hard and being tired.

Stellenbosch has proved to be a base over delivering on most fronts. It’s absolutely brilliant for training – and living.

Bring on the new year!

Lisa Norden Amira Stellenbosch

Photo: Etienne van Rensburg, Specialized

Lisa Norden running badass

Photo: Etienne van Rensburg, Specialized