European Cup in Quarteira…Race report

It has taken some time for me to be able to write about this race… The European Cup in Quarteira.

There have been so many mixed feelings after the race that I really needed time to reflect over everything that happened.

I knew that I was coming into this race with only 7 weeks of training in my luggage. I knew the start list would be stronger than any other year; nevertheless I wanted to give it a try.

This year I was feeling calmer than ever and I didn’t really feel any pressure, but I surely wanted to finish the race. When you represent a nation you want to give your best and honour the fact that you have been selected.

I never ended up finishing the race; I was lapped on the 5th lap on the bike which meant I had to pull over. I have never felt as hopeless as I did that very moment. I sat down on the side walk and tears were burning down my cheeks…I just wanted to disappear for a while. I could not really believe what happened.

I was not sad cause I was lapped. I was lapped by two english girls, one of them Lucy Hall who is one of the best cyclists on the WTS curcuit…I was sad because the mistake I had done in the transition park cost me the race.How could I do so many mistakes on such an important race?

I have done so many transitions in life, but never have I done one as bad as I did this time. I came out from the water in the last pack of girls. I was really happy to be among a small pack. I ran to the transition and for some reason I took my bike without putting on the helmet first!! Don’t ask me why I did it, because I have no answer. The referee screamed at me. I dropped my bike, the helmet flew to the ground. I put on the helmet as fast as I could and ran after the group that was disappearing from my site.

Blog 1

In the transition taking of the suit – before my big mistake

Blog 2

Transition park

I did a poor jump to the bike and I never managed to catch the girls…This was the beginning of the end of my race.

I never really recovered mentally from that point…I was fighting, but yet I was so angry. How could I have done so many stupid mistakes…

I’m ok now, looking ahead of what is coming. This was never any objective for this season, but one wants to make a better result when representing a nation.

Blog 4

fighting alone on the bike

A big thanks to everyone who supported me before, during and after the race.

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