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Ironman 70.3 Aix report and Petrcane preview

You can always judge how happy I am with my race by the amount of time it goes from it to the report. Obviously, I’m not very happy with Ironman 70.3 Aix. I hope it was just a bad day and not a more serious problem.

The swim went ok. I haven’t lost too much time, but on the other hand, there was way too many guys in front of me. During the first half of the bike I felt pretty good. Not sure how good you can feel while pushing your limits, but I felt like I’m riding well and the power numbers were not too bad either. During the second half of the ride someone shouted that I’m 10 minutes behind the leader. I didn’t feel so good any more.

After disappointing first 2 legs, I wanted to have a good run. First lap was ok and when I wanted to pick it up in the second lap I got a stitch in my stomach that forced me to jog. That stitch stayed there until the end of the race.

I was much more happy with the video then the race

First chance to check if Aix was just a bad day comes this Sunday. I’m racing Croatian championship in middle distance triathlon in Petrcane. Two years ago I won Croatian championship in olympic distance triathlon there, so I hope I’ll still have only good memories of that place after this weekend.

Croatian championship olympic distance

I raced two times during the past weekend. On Saturday I had national championships in olympic distance triathlon, and on the next day team-relay championships.

Swim is crucial in draft-legal events and this time I swam well. I got out of water in second group, 1:40 min behind the lead group of four. It’s a bit funny as this time I started at what felt much easier intensity and swam much better than in my last race. I’m faster when I swim at 90% intensity than when swimming at 100%.

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We worked well on the bike and after 10km we caught all swim escapees. I did a few attacks hoping that one or two stronger cyclists could join me, or that I could maybe go solo. All my attempts were marked and I decided to wait for the run. Those attacks reduced the size of our group but all main contenders were still there.

After rusty transition I had to make up some time. I hit the front about 1km into the run. One kilometer later I only had Italian Butturini for company. I planned to attack on the uphill section at the mid-point of second lap, but Butturini started to lose contact before that, at around 6km mark. Last 4km seemed to last forever but I slowly increased my lead and managed to win my first national championship title at this distance.

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Results (elite men) can be found here.

Next day we had team relay race. This was the first time we had this type of race in Croatia and first time for me to race in such event. Every team is made of 2 woman and 2 man competitors. Each of them has to do 300m swim, 6,5km bike and 1,8km run before next team member takes over and does the same distance. It was a fun event. My team finished 2nd, but the title stayed in the club as we made 2 strong teams.

our team

our team

Results are here

On Sunday I’m racing again. This time European championships at middle distance at Challenge Rimini.