Challenge Herning 2018 race report

 

Ed and I headed to Denmark to race

(We’ve been there before. It’s a wonderful place.)

 

The weather is hot and the racing is fast

Despite awesome swim gear, I’m onto land last

 

I jump on my bike and my power is so low

It’s hard to believe I’m not riding too slow

 

Near the end of the bike, I creep up into fifth

A glimmer of hope! A “maybe,” a “what if?”

 

Heading out on the run, I feel sick, faint and dead;

I repeatedly chuck water over my head.

 

It works, I speed up, and some others slow down

I finish in third after four laps through town!

 

This tale’s not quite over. I wouldn’t be here

Without the kind people who’ve helped me all year

 

So: thanks to the Homestretch for helping me train

And thank you to Steve for rebooting my brain

 

To Roka for giving me kit to #FindFaster

And Dan, who creates fiendish swim drills to master

 

The homestays who’ve helped us – you’re part of the team

and Ed, who supports me in living the dream

 

Thank you to you all for your kind words and thoughts

And for reading ridiculous racing reports!

 

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Before the start

 

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Making the best of a bad day. Thanks to James Mitchell for the fantastic shot

 

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No words needed as I cross the line. Another big thank you to James Mitchell for capturing the moment!

 

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Resting puke face after the finish. Nothing but never-ending glamour in pro triathlon

 

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Podium girls! Congrats to Pernille and Laura on a classy first and second place, and having a significantly better champagne game than me

 

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VERY EXCITED to be qualified for the Challenge Championship 2019

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