I have qualified for the 2015 Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. Phew! What a relief it is to achieve my main goal for 2015. July has proven to be quite the emotional rollercoaster. It all started with the Ironman Frankfurt on July 5th. A top-5 finish was a must to secure my Kona slot. I trained for weeks and even went to Font Romeu for altitude training. A broiling hot day brought a seventh place. A good result given the circumstances, but would the points add up for Hawaii? My Kona Pro Ranking told us maybe/maybe not. Qualification was possible but there were quite a few girls that could take my spot as well if they did well in the remaining July races. After all, only 35 women (plus a few automatic qualifiers) get to participate in the World Championships; the first 28 slots are allotted in July. July qualification is a must because doing another Ironman in August to qualify makes a good result in the actual Championships in early October almost impossible. So on to plan B: race Ironman 70.3 Calgary on July 26th. The mind said it was the smart thing to do. The body said no. After an entire winter and spring of training and back-to-back racing, my body desperately needed rest. Calgary was a no go. That turned last week into a tense waiting game. Would I maintain my spot within the top 28 or lose it in the last race weekend? I am so happy I grabbed my slot. It is a hard-fought reward for a tough season. I started 2015 with a lot of catching up to do after returning to work for five months in 2014. My first race of the season was marred by illness. Since then, my results have been solid, but most of all a steady return to my old form. The love and support I have received all along from you guys and from my sponsor partners has been truly amazing, on the good days and the bad ones. Thank you all! Now that I have secured my Kona slot, I have the time to properly prepare. Get those bike kilometers under my belt, work on my swim a little more,… Lots of work to do but a lot to forward to as well. Kona, here I come!
PS: Of course racing will be part of my Hawaii prep as well. You will see me in action in the WC 70.3 Zell am See if I qualify. If I don’t, I am looking at the 70.3 Vichy or 70.3 Budapest. I will definitely participate in August and in the Carglass Cologne Triathlon early September. I look forward to seeing you there!