Thanks again to Lauren Morris for the below race report of her epic race at Challenge Roth in July 2014.
RACE REPORT: DATEV CHALLENGE ROTH 20th July 2014
Long distance triathlon is, as the name suggests, a long process. It begins many months before you toe the start line and mine started sometime way back in the summer of 2013 when an innocent Facebook chat became the catalyst that started me on the road to my first full distance triathlon, DATEV Challenge Roth. The friend I was chatting to informed me that a group of her and her clubmates were going to enter, would I like to do it too? My tentative ‘Err maybe’, became a much more confident ‘hell yes’ as the glass of red wine I was sipping mid chat dwindled away and her persuasion took effect. The next week, when registration opened there I was, fingertips poised and ready at the keyboard to register for a race which, famous for the great Chrissie Wellington’s long distance world record, notoriously sells out fast. Three minutes later, I had one of the coveted spots and the race was sold out! Full of excitement I emailed my partner in crime with the news, only to discover that I was the only one successful in securing a place. Curveball! After some serious consideration I decided that the reason to do an Ironman, if you’re going to do it, is not because your friends are doing it, but because you truly want to do it for yourself. And I did. I really really did. And even more so I wanted to do it at the 30th anniversary of ‘The Best Old Race’ Challenge Roth, legendary for its smooth tarmac and massive crowds. With that in mind training started in earnest.
Fast-forward a year and I’ve spent a winter getting stronger in the gym, logged some serious bike miles, run a practice marathon and spent a whole lot of time in various lakes. I’ve bought A LOT of absolutely necessary bike accessories. I’ve practiced my nutrition plan over and over and I’m as ready as I’m going to be. I step off the plane at Munich airport and curveball number 2 hits me. Its hot. Oh wow is it hot?! Anyone who knows me, knows how northern I am when it comes to racing in the heat. This is not good news. I’m here for 3 days before the race to make the most of the experience and the forecast every day, including race day is 35 degrees and sunny. “Don’t panic. Try and acclimatise. You have 3 days” the internal monologue began. Final workouts were done at dawn and other than registration and course recce’s the only thing to do was make like a local and relax at the open air pool.
Nuremberg’s answer to the Serpentine Lido.