Its just three days missing of this very long season…
The last open water swim workout this season…
Usually I end the season after the nationals in Lisbon, but this year i extended it to race the long distance on Sunday.
I managed to reach all objectives that i had for this season by winning the European Championship (AG 30-34) and the Portuguese National Championship in Time trial (bike). The 3rd place at the Nationals in Olympic distance was a clear bonus for me.
Not to forget to mention all the achievements I had together with Sportings Female Tri-Team. As a team we had a fantastic season by winning the Portuguese Triathlon Cup. We were National Champions in Aquathlon, Duathlon and second at the National Championship in Triathlon.
I could not have asked for a better season.
But its not quite over yet. I still have the biggest mental challenge waiting for me, the Nationals in long distance. The race is over the half Ironman distance (1,9km swim – 90km bike – 21km run). As mentioned before I have never done any long distance race before.
I know that I’m physically fit (trained a lot), but there are more factors that can affect a race, nutrition and mental capacity will be crucial. I cant forget to drink or eat during the race. I must admit that I’m not so good handling the nutrition during a race. I get all caught up in the racing that i tend to forget to drink and eat. This cant happen on Sunday as i cant keep this body moving for more than four hours without refueling.
Sunday its all about gaining experience and enjoying the last race of this season.
There are some people that have been crucial in this preparation. My dear friend Bruno Silva who has been my training partner for the past weeks. We have supported and pushed each other through the hard workouts. Would not have been able to do the long workouts without him.
André, who has been handling all the mood swings when i have been really tired 😉 thank you for your unconditional support.
Mario, who is always telling me “its just another race” 😉
My friends, big thanks to Sara and Andreas for the support while you were here. My family, my godmother Eva, Rui Gama & Victor Carapelho (thanks for keeping my body together) my great team mates from Sporting and Francisco Julio de Jesus.
And last, but not least! A big thank you to all my sponsors who have been providing me with great material during this season to do what i like most.
Swim, bike and Run!
The rainbow that was covering the sky during our last swim workout…