Challenge Fuerteventura 2012: Frederik Meilby - fresh legs after puncture
When you want to participate in a triathlon in April, you have to travel more south to have appropriate weather conditions. Challenge Fuerteventura is suitable here and have next to sunshine and pleasant temperatures also selective cycling and jogging track. Frederik Meilby combined a training camp with the competition and had great pleasure. How can a puncture make sure that you have fresh legs? Read yourself.
Hi Frederik, where are you from and what do you do when you do not grow triathlon?
I live in Valby, Copenhagen, and works as an engineer at Novozymes.
You were number 31 in total with 4:39:15 and # 5 in your age group (and fifth best woman). What is your race analysis?
Frederik Meilby 4:39:15 (32:01 - 2:44:35-1:22:40)
The race at Fuerteventura's the end of a week of training camp. We were probably a 20 pieces from DTriF 'camp, who asked to start. On the one hand, it was super fun to join the camp of a small race, inverted so we were probably some pieces that had not been made a sub-optimal tapering up to the race. Self race started at 8:00 in the morning, and the big question was how many waves there would be. On the way out of the swim course I noticed them not really, but on the way back they were having fun enough and well and strange in the head.
I came out of the swim in just over 32 minutes, which was slower than I had swum the day before - not the best start.
Then it was out on the bike. On Fuerteventura is the big issue, the wind conditions on the day. There was good headwind on the first half of the route and so little help homewards. After a week in Fuerteventura know one route really well. It is quite a hilly route with three climbs. For me it was the first time I ran the 1/2 Ironman, and I was very unsure about how I was going to pace it. I decided to run with good acid in the legs all the way, which went really well until about 60 km where I just ran out of gunpowder in the legs. Fortunately the strong tailwind 10 km later, I saw came when through.
Three kilometers before the finish dotted i and chose to run into the flat front. It would prove to be a great priority for running legs were so much when I was through T2. I have previously fought a lot with back pain after cycling at full Ironman races. This time however, I had just gotten the bike fittet and it paid off.
I had really fresh legs and end up running only 90 seconds slower than my PR on a clean ½ marathon. The route was supremely good. There were a few hills but nothing unmanageable. There were many spectators (especially Danes - thanks for the support!), On the route, and we ran 1 ½ turns on an out-home route. For a fast runner like me it is a great fit with out and back route, where you can really keep an eye on the competition and quietly haul it. I end up well to outpace a 35-40 man in the race, which're not totally bad for motivation along the way.