Richie showed again that he is a force to be reckoned with at the 70.3 distance. He battled home with a blazing 68 minute half marathon to take 2nd place. Christian and Bella also had great races finishing inside the top ten, while supermom Lisbeth battled strong with some bad luck as her back spasmed the day before the race. Overall, the team was happy with the event, loved Norway, and battled tough like the teamTBB warriors they all are.
The weather on race day was cold and rainy but cleared up for the run. Luckily none of athletes had trouble with the course or conditions.
Christian reported in:
I´m just back in the hotel from Ironman 70.3 Haugesund. I am not really satisfied with the race I had. In the swim I once again lost exactly 4min. At least my supporters can count on me concerning that margin to the race leader after the 1,9K swim. Which does not mean that I am satisfied with that. I did put a lot of effort in the swim training, but just dont get faster... I think my bike leg was average to. I did not loose to much time but after 45K I feelt like a pice of ice. It was 14° today and the rain did not stop until most of the bike loop was done. But the most frustrating part was the run today. I made big improvements in the run in training but once again I was cramping everywhere in my legs from the 5K mark to the finish. I even had to stop twice because I feelt like the muscels just explode. I tryed to figure that out since the race in Mallorca but it seems like I did not found the solution yet. At the end I achieved my minimum goal and just finished on the last top 10 spot. I really hope to cope with the cramp issue until my upcoming long distance races. I am really impressed of Ritchie's race especially the run. A 1:08:40 half marathon brought him into 2nd place. And that in a halfmarathon that is far from easy, some cobblestone and a lot of hills! And of course congrats to Bella for her 6th place finish!
I enjoyed the experience of racing in a beautiful part of the world today. I did not enjoy the swim start, being surrounded by so many people in dark water. So scary. The bike course was fast and hard work! But fun too. I felt awful on the run but did everything I could to move as fast as I could. I came 6th so very disappointing to miss out on prize money. But I did get the great training in that I needed. It was disappointing that the girl who won is a drug cheat. But great to see Ritchie going so well on the men's race.
Richie reported in to say:
This weekend I raced Norway 70.3 I traveled out to Norway on Friday but when I arrived my bike didn't! This was due to the aeroplane being very small so it didn't fit all of the bikes in the hold. The staff at the airport were very helpful and as soon as my bike arrived on Saturday delivered it to my hotel. The race went ok for me. I had a bad start in the swim but managed to recover well to exit with the lead pack. I exited T1 in second place behind Philip Osplay but he was very strong on the bike and I couldn't stick with him, a few people passed me on a sub par ride for me but came into T2 around 6th. I ran pretty solid for most of the run to get 2nd but couldn't do enough to catch Osplay.
Lisbeth had a tough day and told us:
not a good day today. My back went into spasms yesterday when I was trying to get out of my wetsuit as my body got twisted and normally when it's not too bad it takes a lot of ibuprofen and panodol and 24 hours to settle down. I couldn't walk properly this morning. I tried to race and did the swim and got onto the bike but had no chance of sitting in my TT bars or pushing much! I was disappointed but Norway was lovely!!