We have been allowed to share Maja’s race de-brief! Enjoy her reflections on the race.
Maja Stage Nielsen, Professional Triathlete.
It was a cold experience, and the swim was cut from 3k to 1,5k because of water temperature. It’s crazy, but I’m actually kinda happy to be able to say; that it was a disadvantage for me with a shorter swim. Guess you are never really happy to have a disadvantage in a race(!) and especially not in a Championship… But happy anyway, because it’s the true prove that my swim development is starting to show in open water too. Two of the 4 girls finishing in front of me, had slower swim times, I was 15/20 sek after the two other ones. I had the fastest T1 and second fastest T2 of all girls, and was 1min38 from the fastest run split of the day (30k) – Think it’s pretty clear to see that it’s my bike strength that needs some work!? The paradox is, that I have felt very strong on the bike in training, and I also felt like I was riding ok in the race. But these girls just had one extra gear. The goal must be to create that for myself so that I can be in the mix all the way. And run for the podium as I had dreamt of.
There is only 3 weeks til I get my chance for revenge ;) Ironman Lanzarote is the 25. May and with the fitness boost of this race I’m really excited to see what I can do on Lanzarote!