Race Report

The level of the races in Portugal is getting and better and more girls are participating. A few years ago we would be around 10-15 girls and this year it’s been an average of about 60 girls racing. We have also had the privilege to race against the Brazilian Olympic athlete Pamela Oliveira who has been participating in most of the races here in Portugal to support her team.

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The wind and the heat struck me…Pamela and Carolina supporting after the race

It’s great for the evolution of the sports to see more girls on the start line and to see the level rising.

Despite going into this race tired, I’m very satisfied with my performance. Did my best swim of the season, a very strong bike and ran well taking in consideration that I pushed hard on the bike. It was important for me to swim well to get some confidence back.

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Out from the water and running towards T1

I’m also very pleased with the run. I managed to stay in a group with girls that have run faster than me this season. They did a strong spring in the end, but I managed to stay with them for 4,9km.

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pushing hard on the bike

With my individual performance I managed to close the team and we ended 2nd. Congrats to my team mate Lili who did 2nd overall and has secured her spot at the European Championships, well deserved.

I’m recharging batteries now and preparing for the next challenge, Lisbon Long distance Triathlon that will take place on Saturday, 7th.

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Post race hug from Rita

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