This race has become somewhat of a familiar fixture on my triathlon calendar, having competed here three times before. The course here is without doubt the toughest I’ve ever raced and this year will be even harder with the weekend’s forecasted cold and wet weather. In the nine weeks since Ironman South Africa I’ve recovered well from the race and have regained fitness during my time at Les Stables in France. The training load this week has been quite a bit lighter so as not to carry too much residual fatigue into the race. I’m not making any pre-race predictions, other than I’ll go out there and race hard and at the same time try to enjoy my 70.3 pro debut. I must say a special thanks to ENVE for the special delivery that arrived in time for the race!
With the Boskman (2.6km swim – 120km bike – 20km run) in the New Forest coming up next weekend, this will be the first time I’ve raced back-to-back “middle” distance triathlons and it’s a challenge I’m really looking forward to. Talking of challenge, I’ve been deliberating over this summer’s race schedule for a very long time now, bugging Brian with questions about this race and that race, wondering which event would work best. After considering just about every full distance event in July and August, the decision has been made and I’ll be racing Challenge Copenhagen on 18th August!
It’s great to have finally committed to an event, as the next two months of training can now be geared towards preparing for the specific demands of the race in Copenhagen as best as possible. Quite a few people told me how good the event was and considering my intention to race another Ironman event towards the end of the year, the mid-August timeframe was ideal.