My name is Angie and my friends call me a sporting ace. A year ago, I fell in love with triathlons. During an event in Belek, I was able to participate in an Ironman 70.3 relay race. After that I simply knew: next year, I want to complete the whole thing by myself. Since this day, I’ve been training for the upcoming competing season.
My workouts are extremely diverse and I’m sure that everyone who wants to participate in a triathlon one day can do it. You really don’t need to be a professional athlete.
IRONMAN - MY PREPARATION
I train four times a week. I go for a run three times, around 10 – 15 km, I cycle three times, around 1 – 2 hours per session, and I swim once a week.
Of course this isn’t easy training. I’ve got my mind set on the Ironman 70.3, which is not a short distance by any means. A 1.9 km swim in open water, a 90 km ride on a racing bike and 21 km of running. That’s what I want to cover.
IRONMAN - THE COMPETITION
Last Sunday, the big day finally came around. It was time for my very first competition and not just any – the Ironman 70.3 in Kaichgau, on the most difficult bike trail in Germany.
A rollercoaster ride of emotions.
IRONMAN - IT'S RACE DAY
Around 6:00 my alarm went off, so that we had enough time to get ready. Stress is something I really didn’t want to deal with this morning.
At 7:00, we drove to the starting point at Lake Hardt, where we received supplies and the number we had to attach to our bikes. The hour before it began was the worst for me. I just didn’t know what to do with myself. I even broke out in tears because I was so excited.
At 9:15, the signal for all the athletes finally went off. We leaped into the water at full speed and 1900m just seemed to fly by. It took me 38 minutes before it was time to get changed.
I grabbed my bag holding the cycling jersey, socks and shoes and quickly switched outfits.
The journey continued on the bike and I went on to complete the hardest 90 km of my life. The Black Forest Mountains really wore me down. I didn’t just have to step out of my comfort zone once; it felt more like 1000 times…
At the end of the trail, my bike was taken care of. I searched for my bag with the change of clothes. In the tent, I took off my helmet, put on my running shoes and jumped right back into it.
IRONMAN - TEARS OF JOY
I can barely describe the feeling … I was just crying tears of joy. I felt on top of world, like I could do anything. Our body is capable of so much more than we think.
We just need to allow it. Try to switch off your mind and simply do it. The whole time, I was actively trying to get the numbers out of my head and simply swim, cycle and run straight ahead. If we want something bad enough, we’ll achieve it.
I’m sure of it. You just need to go out and dare to!
“Hakuna Matata!” For the lovely blogger Angie these are words to live by. As a free spirit she is always wandering around looking for the next challenge, may that be preparing for a triathlon or starting a vegan diet. Find out more about her experiences on her blog. Go take a look!
1. What is your favorite discipline in a triathlon?
My favorite discipline is swimming, since I used to be a lifeguard and participate in competitions.
2. If you could possess a superpower, what would it be and why?
My superpower would be flying because I’m a total free spirit and it would enable me to be wherever I want or where my help is needed.
3. What’s your favorite Kapten & Son product?
My favorite product is the Pure Nox because it’s such a wonderful classic and matches every outfit.