The Olympic Qualification process

May 28th, 2016 by

Photo: Etienne van Rensburg | Specialized

Photo: Etienne van Rensburg | Specialized

A lot of you are asking whats going on and if I’m in the olympics. 

I might have a nation slot (the points chase I did during the past 6months did work out for me) – but I’m yet to be selected to the Swedish Olympic Team.

The Swedish Olympic Committee has it’s own standards and qualification times we have to reach to be nominated for Rio. In most (all?) sports our national nomination time/place is much higher set than the Olympic standard. Ie you can make the Olympic nomination time/place but not be going to Rio.

The standard for Sweden equals a top 8 in the sport, that would mean we have the level of reaching an olympic final.

I didn’t reach that criteria last year. I was sick in Rio and missing a lot of training around that time I wasn’t in shape to get a top 8 in Chicago.

In Abu Dhabi this year I was 10th (in a sprint for 7 to 13th) a few seconds off, in Capetown I was 12th.

Neither good enough to give me an automatic selection.

After WTS Yokohama the Olympic Qualification period ended and most teams have selected their triathletes.

The last date to do so is the 5th of June.

When we came back both me and Darren had interviews with the Swedish Olympic Committee and the federation submitted a nominating document arguing for the case that I still should be going.

Statistics were added with fact like I in 2012 was racing similar or worse to now but yet still ran a 33:41 and won a medal in the London Olympic Games.

(Eg I raced the World Series race in Sydney end of april and places 17th running the 10k in 36:08 then DNS’ed in San Diego a month later due to injury).

So now I’m waiting for the phone call telling me that I either a) made the swedish team or b) didn’t meet the criteria and wont be going.

It’s nervous as hell and I’m hoping they are going to make up their minds sooner rather than later…

This weekend we are packing the car and on Monday starting the drive down towards France and the 2016 altitude camp in Morzine.


Last Olympic Points in Yokohama

May 12th, 2016 by

Yokohama WTS

So it’s finally here. 

After two years the Olympic ranking will close and the startlist for Rio be decided. 

I joined in late on the chase for points and found myself scrambling to catch up this past 6months. It’s been a phase where every race have been important, on paper easy enough. In real life a true challenge. The fact that life is life and sometimes screws with you makes things more difficult than they have to be. Like running into trees knocking yourself out or getting food poisoning the day before a race.

Still I’m not far off and a good race here would secure my slot, and hopefully my last series of races would have been good enough to impress the Swedish Olympic Committee enough to nominate me. I’m still far from peak fitness and come August I’m hoping to have taken my running all the way back to the level of 2012.

But first – lets get through tomorrow and make it a good one. 

I have my boyfriend Calle here with me for moral support and assistance and Leon Spiller who’s physio work hopefully will allow me to function on top tomorrow. Sandy from Specialized is providing the same top notch support as always. Team Sweden has settled in and had a good few days here so far.

I love racing and I love Yokohama. 

Yokohama has been very good to me in the past and I’m proud to have come away form here with two wins previous years.

It’s my fifth time I’m racing here and it’s nice to feel like I’m coming “home” to a race site. Hopefully I can add the 2016 edition to another happy memory.


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