Delayed season debut

April 21st, 2014 by

Waterrunning in Stellebosch

Unfortunately I have been forced to delay the season start and withdraw my name from the ITU Cape Town event.

The plan was to be pretty much ready to Rock and Roll come end of April, but I guess life wanted differently.

The virus I caught in march together with a niggling foot has set me back too much in terms of training. I basically haven’t been able to link together enough weeks of good training to put myself on the startline in Cape Town.

The virus forced my out of the pool and affected my upper body’s strength and control. The foot needed some weeks of very light loading, which unfortunately was right at the time where I really needed to load it up to get ready. With last years plantar fascia problems I’m yet to build up my base and put some miles in the bank and cannot at this stage lean back and relay on old training. So after a first week of training and a meeting with Darren we decided to offload some pressure and delay the racing until the London WTS.

I’ll spend the next month down here in Stellenbosch working closely with Rick (physio) prioritising rehab and a healthy body. The girls I have around me will make sure the training is hard and world class.

The bar is set high, as is the standard in Coach Darrens squad.

Good luck to everyone racing in Cape Town!

I for sure is looking forward to the time I’ll be joining in with the fun.

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