Planeta do Triatlo

Remember the Triathlon project i was talking about…

Its been released and its called Planeta do Triatlo

here is the first video with some very funny clips from different interviews.

 

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New Site

My new site is up and running now 🙂

I want to thank my University colleague Rui Bagueicho for taking the initiative and creating the site.

If you go to http://www.katarinalarsson.com you can follow my blog from the site. You can of course continue to follow the blog on wordpress.

I have removed the race calendar, results and about me on the blog and its now available on the site.

 

Victory for Sporting´s female team

We did it! we managed to win the second stage of the National Team Championships.

All elements of the team did a very good race, specially Catarina Casteleiro. It was her first time racing over the Olympic distance. She finished 6th overall and 2nd Junior.

As for my race: I finally did a good swim, just 50 seconds behind the first girls. We started 20 minutes before the guys, which meant that we could not ride in the wheels of the guys.

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I was really motivated going out of T1…but that motivation disappeared fast when i realized that there were girls riding on the wheel of the guys.  I was really pissed. But what bothers me even more is that some of the girls got a penalty and had to stop for 2 minutes and others didn’t, in this specific case the girl that won the race. She was riding in the wheels of the guys for one lap and didn’t get penalized. Sportsmanship please!!!!!!!!

Well, well…

I ended pushing 95% of the bike and the legs didn’t feel as good as they usually do.

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The run was ok, nothing special. Was trying to manage the energy that was left on a very hilly course.

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I finished 5th overall and 4th senior. I’m happy with my race, specially with my swim 🙂 and im proud of us, Sporting´s Female team…We did it!

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Time to race in Estoril

On sunday its time to race again!

Last week i was present at the press conference for this race. I didnt quite like this press conference. Usually i get to answer questions, but this time i had to do some kind of “free” speech about the race…

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Well, well…back to the race…

Its the second stage of the National Team Championships. The race will be over the Olympic distance (1.5km – 40km – 10km) and it will be close to home, in Estoril. Sporting´s female team is currently in 3rd place, but we hope to improve that position this weekend.

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We have set some team strategies with the victory as objective. If we manage to win this stage we get some really important points. As its olympic distance the points are duplicated. Its a race, so anything can happen…lets wait for Sunday.

As for my individual performance. Its my first time racing on this course. I dont feel nervous at all. After the European Cup the national races feels easier. Its not that the competitors are worse, its just that its not the same level of racing, preparation and stress. I have always been a quite nervous and stressed athlete, so im very happy to feel this calm.

I know that ill be out of the water a minute or more after the first girl. The run to the first transition park will be long (300m) and very crucial. I know that i will need to hammer on the bike and try to reach the first girls. The run will always depend on how tired i am off the bike. As i always have to work a bit more on the bike i tend to arrive a bit more tired to the run. The run course in Estoril is very hard! there are not flat parts, just up and down. Well, im sure ill have lots of fun and ill give my all for the team.

Today we did our swim workout at the beach where we will swim Sunday and two laps on the bike course.

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Triathlon Project – Interview

A few guys from the north of Portugal has started a new Project to promote Triathlon in Portugal. I cant reveal the name of the project yet, but I’m sure it will be a great success.

They asked me if they could count with my contribution by giving an interview. I suggested that they should not only include me, but the Sporting Triathlon team. André started of Sporting´s triathlon project with just a few athletes and today we are one of the biggest teams in the country. We have many young talented athletes that hopefully one day will reach the highest level. The beauty of our team is that we have a mix of athletes, the ones that wants to reach the highest possible level and the ones that practice just for fun. By having this mix we balance the competitiveness inside the team and the team spirit is always on top.

Yesterday night my interview took place at Sporting´s stadium, on the football field. I have been on the field before, but its always a special feeling to enter on the field.

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The interview went very well. I’m starting to feel quite comfortable in front of the camera. I guess its always a bit easier when we speak about something we love, a passion.

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Easter in Alentejo

There has not been much time to recover from last weekends race,  preparing the next race.

Ill be racing in Estoril, Portugal on the 27th of April (Olympic distance). I have been invited to the press conference for the race and it will take place on the 21st of April.

Even if the workouts have been quite hard during the past days my body has reacted very well. Last night i did a very good track session (8×300). The objective was to run the series for 59 seconds and i did them all for an average of 54 seconds.

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Tomorrow André and i are heading south to Alentejo to spend Easter and train.

Wish you all a Happy Easter

Easter-Chick

The Race Report

The days before the race didnt start in the best possible way…

Thursday we headed down south to Algarve to meet up with the national team friday morning. During the afternoon i started to feel a bit sick, my stomach wasnt quite ok. I knew i was nervous, but this was something different.

During the trip we had to stop at a gas station and i had to vomit. I thought it would pass, but it just got worse and worse. At the time we arrived to Algarve i was feeling quite sick and scared. how on earth was i going to do my first international race when i was sick two days before the race? The night between thursday and friday was a nightmare. I didnt sleep anything and i kept on vomiting all night. The doubts started to appear in my head, would i be able to race Saturday afternoon, would my body manage the though course…I was angry, sad, furious and scared at the same time.

I dont know how i managed to get out of bed friday morning, but i did. I got myself to the official race hotel where we would get installed for the weekend. At 10am we had the official bike workout on the race course with the national team and all other athletes from different nations. We would do 3 laps, 6.6km each. After one lap i was dead. My mouth was dry and i had no energy what so ever.

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After the bike we had an open water swim session. It felt good to swim a bit and feel the fresh water from the sea….

Before lunch all athletes were present at the press conference. As i had not been eating almost anything i was feeling weaker and weaker. I just wanted to escape to my room and rest.

During the afternoon i managed to get some rest. But i can tell you that i was not confident about my race that would take place saturday afternoon. The federation doctor passed my room various times to check on me and he did all he could to prepare me for Saturdays challenge.

Towards the evening, after the race briefing i started to feel better and i actually managed to sleep between Friday and Saturday.

Saturday morning, the day of the race…

I was feeling much better. Andre went for a short run with me and Liliana. As our race was at 2pm, it was important to stimulate our bodies early in the morning. After a run and shower we had a big breakfast. Well, at least i tried to eat as much as possible. I knew i had lost lots of energy and i had to refill as much as possible.

It seemed like the time passed so fast. All of a sudden it was time to go down with our bikes and get our body marking. I was nr 42 on the start list. My arms and legs were marked. After the body marking we put our bikes and running shoes in the transition park and it was time to warm-up in the water.

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I was pretty nervous at this time.

at 1:30pm we were called to leave the water and it was time for the athlete presentation. Wow, what a feeling! When i heard my name…” Nr 42 from Portugal,  Katarina Larsson…i got goose pimples all over the body. I felt so proud.

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I ran down and took my starting position.

Athletes on your marks…go… and of we went into the sea to swim the 1500m. The sea was choppy and i couldnt see the buoys. It was terrible actually. I tried to follow some feet, but my strategy wasnt the best. I had good contact with the second pack during the first lap, but lost a lot on the second. My swim wasnt good, actually quite bad.

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I left the water knowing that i was behind. I entered T1, took of my suit, grabbed my bike…It was time to hammer that bike like there was no tomorrow.

Thats what i did. Myself and a Spanish girl worked very well on the bike. We caught a girl from Estonia when it was missing 2 laps and the three of us did the same bike split as the group ahead of us and they were 15 girls.

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I was a bit worried that i would be very tired on the run after the hard bike, but my legs were ok. During the first lap i felt a bit dizzy and my stomach was hurting, but luckily i felt better lap after lap. The crowed that surrounded the run course were amazing. They were supporting all the Portuguese athletes and gave us extra strength. Its an amazing feeling to represent a national team and to race “at home”…

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I did a last effort and sprinted towards the finish line…i had done it! my first international race, representing the Portuguese national team. What a feeling…

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I finished 28th out of 46 girls that started and 3rd Portuguese. Im very happy with this result as the objective i had was simply to finish and enjoy the race. It was not easy, i was not 100%, but i loved it and ill remember it forever…

Unfortunately my team mate and friend Liliana didn’t finish as she fell on the bike. However im sure that she will get more opportunities.