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U23 EM Eilat

28.10.2018: Last weekend was a big one as I raced the u23 European Championships in Eilat. I knew I was fit and I had large goals. To be honest I was nervous two weeks out of the race and wearing race number 1 didn’t help ease off the pressure I felt. The pressure I felt was mainly caused by my own expectations.

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28.10.2018: Last weekend was a big one as I raced the u23 European Championships in Eilat. I knew I was fit and I had large goals. To be honest I was nervous two weeks out of the race and wearing race number 1 didn’t help ease off the pressure I felt. The pressure I felt was mainly caused by my own expectations.

 

Three days out I was a bundle of nerves and I don’t even want to talk about race morning. 



At the start line however, I was calm and ready to rumble. A slower start in the water left me some 40seconds off the leaders when exiting the water. I got onto the bike ready to chase and half way through lap two of six I bridged up to the leaders. The hilly and windy bike course suited me and all I wanted to do was ride hard. However, I knew I had to be smart as the heat was getting more intense and it would come down to the run and who would handle the high temperatures the best. 



I was comfortably riding in the lead group with seven other athletes and we hit transition two with a two minute advantage.

A quick transition saw me second onto the run and I quickly took charge and moved into the lead. From there I never looked back and could increase my lead throughout the hot 3 lap run course. On the last lap I struggeled but a smile crept onto my face as I realised that I would cross the finish line first.



I achieved a goal that I never said out loud but that I was focused on since deciding to race the championships. 

 



However we didn’t get much time to celebrate as the next day the team relay race was on. As my team mate Max Studer also won the men’s race, it seemed like Team Switzerland was the one to beat. 

This time I didn’t feel too much pressure but was ready to go hard and enjoy the short and hard racing. 

I raced the third leg for our team, having been handed over by Felix Studer right within the lead group of athletes. I stayed with four other teams on the bike but sought a preliminary decision on the run and it was down to Switzerland, Great Britain and Russia to battle out the medals in the fourth leg. A sprint to the line saw Max edge out the British athlete and made the weekend a golden one for us Swiss.

 

A very successful and emotional weekend and another step into the right direction.

One more race to go as I head to Japan for the last World Cup of the year on November 11th.

 


CHRISmag Story: Drei Schwestern, drei Sportarten und ein grosses Ziel

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CHRISmag Story: Drei Schwestern, drei Sportarten und ein grosses Ziel


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Nina: The Season 2018

29.11.2018: 

2018 was probably my best year in triathlon so far. I did 13 triathlons, one duathlon, one marathon and a couple of run races.
I had some great successes, some hard fights and  some major blow-ups. And I didnt write about any of it. 
Now it would be rather hard, and boring to recapitulate the whole year but here we go with a little recap of some races in case you're interested.
My year started in Australia with the infamous "Hell of the West" tri, this is where in 2016 I decided that I want to race pro.
First race of the year, first flat in a race ever. I fixed it and kept pushing, ending up just 10 seconds behind the podium. 
Thinking I would go to Australia for a training camp, I soon ended up doing a race 3 out of 4 weekends in Australia.
Just before heading home I did IM 70.3 Geelong. Up until 17km on the run, I was leading the race, which was awesome, then I really struggled. However, anything is possible and in a dramatic finish I was able to take my first 70.3 victory, which I was very proud of. 

Geelong

Geelong


Being back home and settling into student life again, we switched focus and prepared for a marathon (Zurich marathon). 
I really enjoyed the focused run training, even though there is a lot that can go through your mind on a 3h run. One time I remember I just ran out all along the Sihl-river, when I finally turned around I never felt so far from home. 
After about 8 weeks, I felt well prepared for the marathon, but also didn't know what to expect. Like every beginner I went out way too fast, I mean I just felt so great...well for the first 12km. After that it was increasingly a case of "one foot infront of the other".
Getting across the finish line in 3:04 and in the top10, I was still happy with my effort. 
But man, it hurt. Apologies to everyone who tried to hug me at the finish line, I was barely able to stand up. 

Zofingen

Recovered, I was ready to get into some tri-action. 
I am not really keen on reflecting on IM 70.3 Kraichgau and Rapperswil (back-to-back races,
but I do believe it is the races that don't go according to plan that we learn most from. 
In Kraichgau I raced like I always do and just went from the gun. I pushed really hard on the bike to stay with two of the best bikers, so that at 70km I popped like popcorn or a like champagne bottle. Not very much in style, I shuffled (which felt like crawling) my way through the 21km, very much hating the nice motivational quotes Ironman put up (example).

Kraichgau


With a knocked self-confidence and a knock-off-the-bike three days before race-day, I still wanted to do my homerace IM 70.3 Rappi.
It was not a great idea and it was not a great result, but again I finished. 
Time to hit the alps and the trainingscamp in St. Moritz. 
I had roughly four weeks of really good training, broken up with a race at the 111 Rohrschach (a really cool new format of 1k swim, 100k bike and 10k run). The hills at Rohrschach really suited me and in a good battle with a teammate I was able to take the win. 
Sooner than I expected I was at the startline of IM Zurich for my first ironman and in hindsight probably my favorite race of the year. Saying that it was not easy at all.  

Ironman Zürich


Probably a little apprehensive of the task ahead, I missed the front group in the swim and early on had to focus on my own race. On the bike I was feeling pretty good and knew I just really have to focus on staying on my nutrition plan. The first 90km flew past and then I realized sh*** I am doing a full Ironman, not the half, meaning I got another 90km to go and so the second loop of the bike was probably the hardest part of the race and I was glad to get off the bike. Onto the run I went and I was happy to see so many familiar faces. The first lap was actually pretty funny, everyone was cheering GO GO GO, only my coach Susie and Brett were the ones telling me to stay comfortable, to not go too fast, to drink, eat and cool myself. I actually do not remember a lot of those 42km, I just ran (and drank and ate and cooled myself down a lot) without stopping once. Crossing the finish line in 6h in 9:31 and seeing my family and friends there I was really happy and proud of my race. I was hooked for Ironman racing and I actually can’t wait to do it again.

With still being at university we decided to a couple of shorter races for the rest of the year though.

ETH

Another favorite race was the Gerardmer Triathlon in France. This year I did the Olympic distance race. A good swim set me up for a great race, but I suffered deeply first time up the 10+% hill. Once I caught my breath and settled my nerves I was not ready to give up in this race and tried to make up as much time as possible. Hitting T2 I was only about a minute behind the leader and I was glad to have some speedy legs on the day to take the win in the end. 

Gerardmer

My next race was in France too, in Nice this time for the IM 70.3. Shortly, good swim, good bike and a good run got me 2ndplace and leaving me hungry for that win. 





After a couple of weeks training in the warm autumn in Zurich I was excited for the ETU Middle Distance Championships in Ibiza. Unfortunately, one race-day rain was pouring down for hours and due to thunderstorms, the race was delayed to 3pm (latest start ever) and the bike was cut in half, with a couple of very strong runners I knew it was going to be tough day. I pushed the bike as much as I could, got a break into T2 and was able to show a consistent run, ending up in 5thplace and so qualifying for the swiss national team for another year. 

 

I learnt so much about how to train and how to race this year, that I am already so excited for next year’s races. For now I should get back to writing my master thesis.

 

Thanks a lot, to my family, friends and Coach Susie for supporting my journey!




Nina: Datasport Interview

29.08.2018: Nach ihrem erfolgreichen Rennen am TriStar Triathlon in Rorschach hatte Nina die die Möglichkeit ein kurzes Interview mit Datasport zu führen.

Ihr findet das Interview unter dem folgenden Link:

Nina Datasport Interview

 

 


Michelle:Trying times are best faced with a smile

11.7.2018: "Trying times are best faced with a smile."

This was something one of my athlete friends told me shortly after I discovered that I’d be out of action with another stress fracture some two months ago. And it has been ringing in my ears ever since. During this latest and current injury I realised what an important role the mind plays in your injury recovery. With more stress fractures than you can count on one hand, I’ve had quite some opportunities to try and test the DO’s and DONT’s of injury recovery and while I am no doctor or otherwise medically qualified to give you advice, I thought I’d write down some tips on how to mentally deal with an injury... This list will in no way be exhaustive nor am I saying that I’m an expert on the subject; often I need to consciously remind myself of all the things I’m about to write down.

 Just keep swimming

Before getting into it, i just want to state one fact: an injury always sucks. No matter how you turn it or how many keep-smiling-insta-filters you add, at the core every injury sucks and is heartbreaking. But fact is also that an injury cannot just be „returned to sender“ and the best strategy is to accept it and put your best foot forward (okay sorry, that’s probably a bad metaphor when it comes to injuries). Because while a positive mindset cannot make your injury go away, it can at least make the comeback process more bearable. Anyways, let’s get into it...

 

  • Hand over the reigns: Have a coach or someone else you trust to make the decisions on when you are ready to take another step in your recovery. As an athlete you’ll never be unbiased enough to assess rationably when you are ready to start back swimming, riding or running. So be honest about any pain, niggle or soreness so that your coach can make the best decision and then follow the instructions given.


    Coach's orders at Ironman Zurich 2017
  • Don’t rush yourself: If you need it, have a rough outline of when you want to be back racing or in full training but don’t be too rigid about it. Every injury is different and so the duration of every comeback process will vary. I had several pretty similar stress injuries and whereas sometimes I would be back running quite quickly, it once took over 6 months before I ran a step on terra firma again. A strict timeline and a date when you „will be back“ only stress you out and does not make your injury heal quicker, so give yourself the time needed to fully heal.
  • Set a time frame: When getting the news of an injury, you’ll probably not be able to bounce back immediately. And that’s okay, it’s okay to feel angry, sad, numb, hurt, treated unfairly and so on. But what I realised, is that the longer you let yourself feel this way, the harder it gets to turn it around and focus on moving forward. So set yourself a time frame to feel sad etc. and use that time to cry, be angry, hit a couple of things or whatever you’d like to do to vent your frustration. Then when your time is up, consciously tell yourself that from now on you will try your best to be positive and move forward.
  • Establish a support system: It’s very important to have some people who can lift you up when you feel dispirited. To have people who are sympathetic but are also not afraid to talk sense into you when you become unreasonably negative or despondent.
  • Find coping strategies: Inevitably, you will feel down at times and the above mentioned people might not always be at your disposal, so finding other ways to get yourself out of your slump is important. One of my sisters bakes in these times, my other sister reads inspiring stories of great athletes and what they do overcome to get there. I often google motivation quotes or read through old ones. Yes, I can hear you chuckle and I was teased about this already but you’ll be surprised how even some very chliché quotes can ring true. Listening to music always helps as well. Some of my favourite songs are:
    • Superheroes – The Script
    • Flames – David Guetta, Sia
    • Whatever It Takes – Imagine Dragons
    • Try Again – Campsite Dreams
      (Disclaimer, I am not exactly renowed for my great taste in music, but to me all of these songs have a message..)

The three of us, we also all like to go to a café shop to brighten the mood (Well actually we always like to go and have coffee, whether we are feeling down or not ;) )

Favorite coffee place aka Babus Bakery

  • Don’t feel sorry for yourself: Yes, you might be injured and other people are not but feeling sorry for yourself, doesnt speed up your healing process. And if you think rationably, you got injured by doing something you (hopefully) love and it will probably affect your life less than you think. Coach often says: your family still loves you, you still got food on the table and your injury is not life-altering.


    Alternative training with my gym-buddy Céline
  • Focus on yourself: Most likely you’ll have an idea of what your training partners or other people train while you are on the comeback trail and you will probably not like it or even feel like you are falling behind. In these situations, try to accept that they might train more than you at the moment and then devote all your energy to getting healthy as quick as possible. Getting too hung up on what they can and you cannot do, is definitely a waste of time and energy..


    Me-time on a long hike in the Swiss Alps

Okay, I reckon by now I have rambled on long enough and will conclude this post. On that note, I hope you all are not injured and only reading this blog out of curiosity. If you are injured, hang in there, it wont be like this forever!

 

Happy training and think positive,

Michelle


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