Uh, that was a bad race! Just one of those races you need to put behind you
Straight from Geneva Airport to you! I’m on my way home to Copenhagen after having spend a week at Alpe d’Huez. Yes, the city of one of the most legendary climbs of the Tour de France, and I’ve ridden it myself many times. This time though, I didn’t do it even once, the reason being that the past week was holiday, a break from the structured training and racing schedule. Instead I’ve spend some time on my Enduro bike, riding downhill trails and shuttling back up by lift. My boyfriend plus friends have a yearly trip to this place because of the “Megavalanche,” the worlds largest mass-start downhill race. This year my boyfriend bought me an entry to the race too, which turned out to be a fun experience.
What racing spring has offered this year so far. From Cyprus to South Africa and Denmark latest Austria. Till now everything was in the “build-up” perspective and but still I’ve been feeling strong and like having a solid foundation for the upcoming season.
It’s now almost eight months since my first race this year. The location was Cyprus and already I’ve been kickstarting my season here three times before. Every time it’s been great, and I think it’s much owed to the fact, that at this time of year the winter training has build up my shape, combined with the sun and the thrill of being back into racing. This year I wanted the racing on Cyprus to be a part of my training towards the Cape Epic. Even though the race on Cyprus only was a 4 day stage race (max 2,5 hours a day) and the Cape Epic is a grueling 8 days (4-5 hours every day) you still have to get into a rhythm of racing/recovering and being ready to repeat it the following day. I felt strong on Cyprus, even though I didn’t feel like I dug deep. For sure I rode fast, but I didn’t ride myself over the limit. I wanted to safe those extra percentages for later in the season. I’ve always been racing strongly this time of year on Cyprus, and then faded later in the season (before the season had come to an end). This year I wanted a different approach and it seemed to work. After Cyprus we made a little danish talkie-cam. If you’re not danish you won’t understand, but enjoy the pictures from Michal Cerveny
What is actually the fastest way to cover 300 meters of open water? A pedalo motored by a mountainbikerider (me) or swimming (Lotte Friis)? That was the quest of the battle, when we met on a sunny day nearby Copenhagen. The battle was part of a friday night show being broadcasted this autumn/winter on national television. Tighten your shoe laces and take a look
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