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Update from Training Camp

I am writing this blog from Fuerteventura, a small island which is part of the Canary Islands in Spain. I have been here for 2 weeks already training hard with fellow Danish Triathletes Rasmus Henning and Martin Jensen.
Before heading here, I made a short pit stop in Denmark upon my return from Australia. After 40hours travel time from Melbourne, I landed in Denmark at around 8pm. The next morning however I was back at the airport picking Aimee up who flew in also from Australia. We then headed to the train and took a 4 hour journey to my Mum and Dad’s house. Although it had been a long couple of days travelling, I was excited to be home seeing my family again and was even more exciting to see that Santa had visiting while I had been away!

In the boxes waiting for me was my long awaited customised Spiuk Helmets, Skinfit had also sent me all the gear I need to head to training camp. And In the last box I found my new blueseventy Helix wetsuit, goggles and team kit which was sent to me express and had only arrived earlier that morning. I was happy because I was heading back to Copenhagen the next day then off to 4 weeks training camp.

At Fuerteventura, I was meant to be staying at the Playitas resort on the official Federation Training Camp with the other National Team members but I was overlooked and not booked in. This is a very busy time of year at Playitas and there was no room for me to stay. Luckily Rasmus stepped in and helped me find a private apartment just near the resort to rent for the month. It has actually has worked out better as we are staying in a 2 bedroom apartment with full kitchen and washing facilities, TV and WiFi.  More >

My bum is in good hands!

I am really excited that its now official and I can finally announce that my butt will be very happily sitting on Prologo saddles this season. I am really happy to have them on board Team Johnsen!

Check out Prologo’s webpage here

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3rd at Triman

The week leading up to Triman was not the best for me. First, I was a little tired after the sprint distance races I had done the previous two weekends, but the worst was when my gear hanger broke on Tuesday meaning I had no bike for the weekend. It was just so lucky that I have a sponsorship with Cyclespeed, a bike shop in Melbourne for servicing. In the end I had to borrow a completely new bike which was not so bad, except that the setup is never the same. I had only 2 short training rides to get used it to before race day.

This was Triman’s first year, so we had no idea what times would be run. However, I know that it probably was Matty White or Micth Anderson that I had to keep an eye on.

It was a beach start and very shallow, and all I can say that this is in the “something I need to train a little more in” category. I didn’t come out of the water with the first group, I was almost 20 sec behind the front group during the whole swim. After the race many were discussing that the swim course was around 400m short of the 1.9km course we were expecting.

Out on the bike, I tried to close the gap to Matty, which I almost managed on the first lapt, but on the second lap I lost some time and he got away again. With 20km to go, Mitch Anderson passed me and I was not able to follow him. It ended up that I was over 2min behind Matty White and 1 minute behind Mitch Anderson going into T2.

Out on the run course I didnt particularly feel like I was flying, and knew it would be hard to get through the race, with most of the run course was on gravel and foot stablity was not the best.

On the final lap, I had to fight hard to keep my 3rd place, with Tim Reed running really well.

I managed to hold onto my podium finish, with Tim finishing only 12sec behind me.

Matty and Mitch were looking good all the way and both are definately more race fit than me at the moment!

I was happy with my 3rd place espceially with the form I’m in and I still have some time to get into race fitness.

 

Result

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Nr.3 til Triman

Ugen op til Triman var ikke den bedste, først var jeg lidt træt efter sprint stævnerne. Men det værste var nok at min gear drop brækkede om tirsdagen, så jeg havde ikke nogen cykel til weekenden, nu er det bare så heldig at jeg har en aftale med en cykelbutik i Melbourne omkring service. Men det endte med at jeg måtte låne en helt ny cykel hvilket ikke var så dårligt, på nær at opsætning aldrig er den samme.

Triman blev afholdt for første gang, så vi viste ikke rigtigt hvilke tider der ville blive kørt. Dog viste jeg at det nok var Matty White eller Micth Anderson som jeg skulle holde øje med.

Det var strandstart og meget lavvandet, og kan lige så godt sige, der er vist noget jeg skulle have trænet lidt mere i. Så kom ikke med første gruppe, med var kun 20sek efter hele vejen. Vil sige at svømmeruten ikke helt var 1,9km i så fald er det ny PR.

Uden på cyklingen forsøgte jeg at lukke hullet til Matty det lykkes næsten på første omgang, men på anden omgang tabe jeg tid til ham igen, så det endte at jeg var over 2min efter ham i T2 og jeg kunne hellere ikke følge Micth Anderson da han kom blæsende fordi mig med 20km igen.

Ude på løbet følte jeg mig ikke særligt flyvende, og kun godt mærke at det ville bliver hårdt at komme igennem løbet, da meste af ruten var på grusstier så fodfæste var ikke det bedste.

Til sidst galt det mere om at holde min 3 plads, da Tim Reed rigtigt godt løbende. Men jeg holdt min 3 plads til mål med Tim Reed 12sek efter mig.

Matty og Micth holdte fint hele vejen, så de er i hvert fald bedre kørende end mig lige fortiden.

Mens jeg stadigvæk er en stykke fra min race form. Men jeg har stadigvæk god tid, til jeg skal være i top form.

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