One step closer…

After this weekend’s victory at one of the last stages at the Portuguese cup we are one step closer to take home the overall victory this season.

Its missing two races and we must win one of them…

It will be a close battle between us and Alhandra Sporting club.

As for my performance, I’m very pleased with 3rd overall and 2nd senior.

We have had a few days of quite some high temperatures and I knew the heat would be a factor as the race was set at 4pm. I spent all the day at the race venue, supporting our youngsters during their races. Its so much fun watching the young onse race. Im happy that i can support and share my experience with them.

The swim was without wetsuit as the water temperature was above 22 degrees. Swimming without a wetsuit is not something that I appreciate at all. I’m a swimmer that doesn’t use the legs very much and my legs tend to drag me a bit down and worsening my position in the water.

The swim didn’t go well. Had to struggle to get to the first buoy as I had a girl beating me constantly and I couldn’t swim properly. She was blocking my stroke completely. had to stop and yell at her at one point. These days I don’t stress that much if the swim doesn’t go my way, because I know I have a better bike than all the girls in the field. I still make a difference on the bike.

I went out on the bike and hammered and before passing the 5km mark I was in the front pack, leading the race.

I was feeling good.

Everything would come down to the run. The heat was painful when we went out for the last 5km. The course was a mix of tarmac, sand and gravel.

I tried to go with the first two girls, but lost them after 1km.

I ran the last 4km with the girl who did 4th. When it was missing 200m I did sprint and could pass the finish line in 3rd.

I’m happy with my performance and the performance of the team. Its good to see the younger girls performing better and better…

Now its time to rest a bit and next week its finally time to race at home in Malmö…cant wait

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Sportings female triathlon team – Happy after another victory!!

 

 

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Racing at home

During all these years, I have just raced in Sweden once, at the nationals back in 2011. Since then I haven’t raced in Sweden…

On the 6th of august ill participate in Malmö Triathlon and ill actually race twice during the same day.

At 9am ill race the open race over the sprint distance and at 11am I will participate in a Tetra Pak’s female relay team that I have put together. It all started off as a joke during a dinner in Lisbon with the management team but it became reality.

I’ll do the swim segment. I’m happy that I will have the opportunity to share my biggest passion with my colleagues. But above all it will be special as ill race at home, in front of my family. I hope to have almost all family members there cheering on me and all other athletes.

But before heading home ill race this Sunday at the Portuguese cup. We are currently in 1st place and another team victory is important at this stage…

 

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I have updated my site www.katarinalarsson.com with a new video from Sporting TV 🙂

Happy

I might not have any individual objectives this season and I might not train that hard, but honestly, there is nothing that makes me happier than training and racing.

I get nervous, its stressful, but I love it… its part of me

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All smiles before the start

One cannot leave the stage in one day, it must be gradually.

This weekend we raced in Cuba, Alentejo. I finished 2nd overall, 1st senior and the team won.

I did a good race. After focusing on the bike for some time I put on the triathlon suit again. I was a bit worried with my swim as its usually my stress momentum.

My swim was better than expected, felt strong on the bike and ran with what I had left in the body. I can feel lack of training, but my body knows the drill by now ;o)

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Entering T2, just missing to run 5km…

All team members did great! Helena won, me in 2nd, Ines 3rd and Lucia 4th… we dominated.

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Happy passing the finish line in 2nd

Now ill focus on training for about 2 weeks then its race time again.

Bittersweet

Bittersweet…

That was the feeling after Fridays time trial finishing 4th, 27 second from the bronze medal and 28 second from silver.

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I somehow knew that a medal would be hard as I have not been training as much as last year and my fitness is not great, but there is always a hope somewhere…that little hope.

I have done the Nationals 4 times now and for the first time I liked the course and thought it would fit me well. It wasn’t flat, but the hills were ok, at least that’s what they felt like during the course recognition.

A time trial is by far the hardest competition you can do, at least for me. You go flat out for almost 23km. The heart is pumping at its max and there is a strange blood taste in your mouth, Its painful. To be able to perform well you need to be able to push yourself hard when all the body wants is to stop. I’m good at that :o)

I went out flat out, maybe too fast. Maybe I should have gone out slower, but I turned on the gas right from the beginning. I kept a good pace till about 10km and then I felt quite tired and the headwind was getting strong. I passed four girls during the course and I knew I was doing a good race, but I wasn’t controlling the girls that started after me.

Waiting for the result was nerve wracking… I hoped that my performance would have given me a medal, but it didn’t. When I found out I was 4th I got very disappointed… deep down, being as competitive as I am I wanted more.

I gave it all out there, didn’t leave any energy. It’s a bittersweet feeling, but I should be satisfied. I’m competing against girls that only focuses on cycling and that surely has been training more than me for the race. So…in the end the result was fair.

Now ill get back to focus a bit more on the swim as ill race a few triathlon races in July

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After the race with the junior men from Sporting Tavira… and the great crew!