With the winter fast approaching in the UK, some of our women have been chasing the sun in some late season 70.3 racing. All had stellar performances and you can read a bit about each race below to see how they got on!
Libs in Mallorca
For the last 70.3 of the season Libs headed out to the beautiful location of Challenge Mallorca. Having picked up a dreaded cold a couple of days before Libs was unsure if she would even be able to race but decided to give it a go! It’s a good job she did as she finished first age grouper overall and 12th out of the 20 strong pro field of women. A good sea swim in crystal clear waters all be it a little choppier on race day than the week leading up to it. A hilly technical 2 loop bike course meant you really had to stay focused! And a undulating 4 loop run with 5 dead turns on every loop!! A tough day out where she had to dig deep on the run to get it done but lots of lessons learnt and a good way to end the 70.3 season!
Christina in Costa Navarino
Lori in Lanzarote
On Sat 9th October I raced Lanzarote 70.3 with the goal of getting on the podium and getting World 70.3 Championships slot in Utah next year.
The swim is always my strength (was slightly long and a bit wavy!), however I was second female out and first in age group. The bike I found tough, basically 5 climbs and 5 descents. Unfortunately my legs didn’t turn up (probably menstrual cycle related!), and two girls in my age group over took me.
Into T2 and two bikes and was told I was 6 mins down on 2nd. I knew needed to run fairly consistent to stay in 3rd position or have a chance of catching 2nd. 4 laps on the run and with 1 lap to go I was just 30s behind, I had fuelled the race pretty well (80g/hour) and had some legs left for the last lap. I overtook 2nd without about 4km to go and managed to put 2 mins into her. The run was over 1km long, up and down, hot and windy!
What a race! Brutal and not quick by any means. Even the pro women were finishing over 5 hours. Great location though, would highly recommend if you like a tough course!
2nd in AG & a worlds slot!