Bundesliga in Kraichgau


June 14th, 2017 by



 

One week after the WC in Cagliari it was time for another sprint. This time in Germany and in the Bundesliga. The host for the first race in the series was Kraichgau, and I flew down to Frankfurt to meet up with my team.

I’m racing for Triathlon Team TG Witten, and has done so from the very beginning. It was in Witten I pretty much started my racing career, and it was in the Bundesliga I got to grow into world class racing, in a less intimidating format.

The Bundesliga works like this;

One team has four girls, the tree best results counts. If you win you get 1point, if you get 2nd two points ect. etc.  The team with the lowest numbers wins the race, the lowest points after the five races wins the series. Simple – and a lot of fun!

 

 

My team did very well, we ended up finishing 3rd, 4th and 5th which gave us a convincing victory of the day.
I had a good race too and was the 4th placed member. In Cagliari the swim and the bike was good but the run let me down. I had no speed and found myself in some tempo run instead of smashing a 5k.


In Kraichgau now I suddenly found some legs and I could push myself a lot more. I lost a little time in the first 500m but picked up a lot of places in the 2nd half of the run. Encouraging!


Two weekend of races and quite a bit of travel means some easier days this week.
Next up is Swedish Time Trial Champs !

Mallorca 70,3


June 1st, 2017 by



Photo: RKnightPhotography

The race that went far away from the race plan.

It started well, I felt great in the water and lead the swim from the start. At the first turning buoy I saw that I had fellow country woman Annie Thoren on my feet, half way back towards the beach I saw that she had dropped back a little and that I was clear. I could also see some pro men infront of me which I must say, urged me on just a little bit, for the joy of exiting the water among them stressing them just a little.. 🙂

So far it was all good and I was super excited to start the bike and see what the last block of work had done for me. So much focus had gone into the bike and improving my threshold, both LT and AT. I had a race plan and I knew what watts I was targeting.

That all went down the drains as soon as I grabbed my bike and ran out out transition. As I jumped on I realised my back wheel was completely deflated – PUNCTURE! NOO.

I knew the bike mechanic was just inside transition so I turned and ran back in (wondering if it really was allowed to run backwards on the course at all?!) . Unfortunately the bike mechanic had left on the motorbike with the leading front men, so there was no longer and tubes etc available in transition. I had a pitstop on my bike (didn’t fancy using this at the very start of a 90k bike…) and all my tubes where checked in with the white bag 1k up the beach… So the only thing I could do was to wait while the motorbike was making its way back on the course towards the transition area. It took a while. And A WHILE is a long time when the clock is ticking and the race is on. All the other girls took their bikes and headed out on the course, the front age group men came in and took their bikes. I was still waiting in a corner at the end of transition.

Thoughts ran through my head and I tried to figure out how to feel and how to react. I was pissed, of course. But should I hang up the bike and go for a swim warm down…? Or should I keep racing even if I wasn’t really in the race anymore…? Eventually the tyre was fixed (god bless the ITU and it’s wheel stops…) and I decided to ride on.

I had eaten a big breakfast, I was warmed up – and I figured the coach most probably was going to give me a massive bike/run session if I didn’t race now. In one way or another we did want some answers and see how the body reacted. So rather than having to do that all by myself the next day I figured I might as well enjoy the crowd and the free coke on the run course.

Photo: Filip Conrad /f_konrad

I took put my race head on and went out there. I pretty much stayed on my Watt targets, I messed up the pacing slightly on the run but did hit the effort I was meant to. I did get a great day of training in the bank.

And if you wonder, I finished 7th.

(as I do have my cycling data I know my actual cycling time and figured I would have been on the podium if things had gone smoother).

There you go – my season debut of 2017.

It could definitely have gone smoother, but still it didn’t go far off the plan (effort wise).

I finished off my Mallorca week with three days of cycling coaching together with Ernst & Young in Porto de Soller. Three beautiful days, one of the best spots for cycling and open water swimming all categories.

Heading up Sa Calobra the day after the race

 

Dinner with Ernst & Young in Puerto de Soller

Mum – the best supporter of all time

 

3,5 weeks La Pared and Playitas combo


February 14th, 2017 by



Photo: Jesper Andersson

Photo: Jesper Andersson

After having spent most part of the winter in Stockholm it was great to finally back the bikes and head south. Fuerteventura for me is quite well known, close to feel like my backyard in terms of training venues. To mix things up a bit we started to week not in Playitas as per normal but in La Pared.

Calle brought three friends with mountainbikes (team mate Henrik Sparr, Swedish Champ Mattias Wengelin and the cycling photographer Jesper Andersson). They were going to properly scout the area and look for new trails building some fitness into Cape Epic later this spring.  I choose to stay on my road bike (…surprise..!) and get familiar with the new bike set up and bike. It was nice to get a few days head start before my “proper camp” was starting. Slowly easing back into longer days with more training – outdoors!

A few days later I left La Pared to set up a new base at Playitas. 

One of the major changes this year is the coaching set up. With Darren building boats and not doing the D-Squad thing anymore I had been looking around for a different structure. The Norwegian model run by Arild Tveiten was  the most interesting, close to home and with a very successful outcome so far (in a relatively short period of time).

It’s always a bit nervous to train with a new group for the first time. Before you get the hang of how things work, what the structure looks like, how the sessions feel and obviously the people and group dynamics. For me was the added language difficulty – Norwegian!! Yes it’s very close to Swedish – but yet not as easy as it might seem.

The first two weeks at camp we had a big group, the Norwegian Nationalteam, a bunch of upandcoming Norwegian junior girls, Lotte Miller and her Icelandic training partner Edda Hennesdottir and also visiting Kaidi Kivioja from Estonia. It was a great opportunity to observe and learn from the others how they normally do things. The last week everyone but the senior men left and we were a smaller more condensed group.

It was a fantastic camp. 

The program was solid and sometimes very challenging, but with enough gaps to catch my breath and kick back to life.

Specific sessions with specific targets, lots of attention to detail – and in general just a lot of really good training!

In three weeks you can do quite a bit and it feels like I’m travelling back to Stockholm having moved quite a few steps forwards.

It’s exciting and very motivating for the time ahead. 

Lisa and Kaidi cycling in Playitas

Photo: Mikal Iden

 

Photo: Jesper Andersson

Photo: Jesper Andersson

Photo: Jesper Andersson

Photo: Jesper Andersson

Lisa Norden Calle Friberg La Pared

Photo: Jesper Andersson