What I take away from Zurich 5150

July 27th, 2014 by


Lisa Norden S-Works Amira Zurich 5150

I haven’t raced much yet this year. 

There is a bad circle that starts when you are injured.

You obviously can’t train well. When you can’t train well you won’t race. When you don’t race you don’t get race fit.

The way to fix thing is to get injury free, get back into training and then start to race.

The not so nice thing about this, is that racing won’t be very pleasant to start with.

Especially if you do this “getting back to racing” while you still are trying to train hard.

Things can get really ugly very quickly. 

In the car back from Zürich the Rolling Stones sang me some truth

“You can’t always get what you want.

But if you try sometime, you just might find

You get what you need”

Yeah right

I guess needed that.

My body felt sluggish and I never managed to get into the 5th gear. As I hadn’t planned on doing this race originally I didn’t have my TT bike at camp. I brought my normal S-Works Amira which I clipped some short tri bars on hoping my legs would be able to do the work required. They did I guess. I managed to stay with Svenja and Ricky even with out different choices of equipment. But Daniela showed us all what its like to really ride fast and made us look quite stupid really. Well done on her – and a big kick up the butt for the rest of us.

I had hoped to have a nice run as I finally had started to make some progression in terms of training. But I guess its a bit much to ask the legs to both train harder and race fast at the same time.  There is that part called recovery and absorbing training that there isn’t really time for at the moment.

But I still hate the not racing fast part of it…

Back to the mountains and back into training.

Lets keep building…

This year isn’t over til it’s over…

A Zurich 5150 hitout

July 21st, 2014 by

Photo: KEYSTONE/Steffen Schmidt
Photo: KEYSTONE/Steffen Schmidt

It’s nice to be able to break the trend of lately, the on ego subtract and erase races from the calendar.

Realizing Zurich isn’t too much of a drive from here, and that the 5150 race fits pretty good in my schedule – we decided to make a day out of it.

Training has started to go quite well and to get fit you need to put yourself under pressure.

No better place to do that than in an environment with numbers and competitors. 

So I’ll put some aero bars on my my road bike and take it down to Lake Zurich.

Two years ago I made it my final hitout before the olympics. I crashed with a car and was restricted to “tempo” on the run due to a sore leg.

Hope this race day will be a little less dramatic…

See you in Zurich

Getting back in the grove

July 19th, 2014 by

Lisa Norden during the bike leg in Hamburg

So if London was a very unpleasant shock to the system Hamburg was a different story.

Having come straight from three weeks at altitude in D-squad land my body was slightly more prepared from what to come.

The Darren brain and handiwork together with training partners gunning for a top position in the upcoming Commonwealth Games – had provided the most excellent training environment.

Even tho we have been dealing with a small set back in terms of the calf strain I had when we came up the overall work has been good and the bar pushed forward.

My running obviously haven’t been has much or as strong as I would like, but we have done a lot of good work in other areas.

Going in to the race my goal was to be a part of it, not hanging at the back marking the end of it. I wanted to feel that I could be comfortable in the pack on the swim and then enjoy my old bike legs on the bike. Running had to be what ever I might find at the day.

And I could pretty much tick all my boxes leaving Hamburg as a happier and slightly more confident girl.

The body pulled up ok and I’m now back at camp working away.

Obviously I have my eyes set on the WTS race in Stockholm end of august and I would like to up my run shape quite a bit before then…

Time to get to work…