Victory at the Portuguese Cup

Sunday, we secured the overall victory at the Portuguese Cup in triathlon for teams.

We have been racing 10 stages and this race was decisive. The battle was between our team and Alhandra.

I could not have finished off this important race better than with an individual victory. It was the first time I took the tape this season. There is always something about crossing the finish line in first place…

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The overall podium

For some reason, I was quite nervous prior to the race, woke up with a very sore throat and wasn’t feeling that well. For the first time, despite being a team race I felt the pressure of a perfect execution, haven’t had that pressure on myself for a while…

I did what I expected of myself and executed a perfect race. I swam with my team mates, took off hard on the bike and caught the first girls during the first lap on the bike. Two girls didn’t manage the hammering pace and fell behind.

I was feeling strong over the hilly course.

I entered in the transition together with a girl from Alhandra, but opened strong on the run and went away. I managed to win with a bit more than a minute and it was just great to take the tape and to know that we had won the Portuguese cup.

Ill rest a few days not until I start to prepare the last races of this season…

 

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Racing for David…

Sunday, I raced the most important race of this season, Triatlo David Vaz. For those who dont remember I lost my dear friend David to cancer a year ago…

David, a man who had a tremendous passion for sports and life always wanted to set up a non-drafting triathlon race where he was born, Fundão.

By the effort of many people, the Portuguese triathlon federation and his family last Sunday, on the 10th of September the first race was held in his name in Fundão, an Olympic non-distance drafting race.

I was a bit tired on Sunday after racing a duathlon on Saturday where I came 2nd overall, but the spirit was good. I think I never felt so calm before a race, so peaceful.

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Finished 2nd Overall on Saturdays Duathlon 

There is no doubt that I would have wanted to win the race, but the most important was to be there.

The course was beautiful, but hard, probably one of the hardest courses I have ever done.

I finished 2nd, which doesn’t really matter. It was overwhelming to cross the finish line and run straight into the arms of Davids father…Alvaro Vaz… It was overwhelming to see how much it meant for them that I was there racing to honor their son, my friend…

Bem Haja!

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