7/4/2019: Tine’s 2019 season officially got underway with an 11th place in today’s Challenge Salou. She finished the half distance race with a time of 4:32:01. Judith Corachán Vaquera (Spain; 4:16:58) took the Salou title. Daniela Bleymehl (Switzerland; 4:18:38) and Emma Pallant (UK; 4:20:04) completed the podium.

 

That first race after a long winter break is hard, really hard. Or as Tine said at the start of the half marathon: “This hurts!” At that time, she had already completed a 1.9 km swim and 90 km of cycling. A choppy sea made for a difficult swim that made it hard for Tine to find her rhythm. She came out of the water in 16th position, 4 minutes behind fastest swimmer Helle Frederiksen. The bike leg equally served up a struggle, but Tine was able to move up steadily, starting the half marathon just outside the top 10. But at that time, the gap with race leader Daniela Bleymehl had also increased to 10 minutes. In the run, Tine found her groove and managed to secure a controlled 11th place finish.

 

“The goal was to build up race fitness in Salou,” says Tine. “I didn’t get much more than that out of it. That’s too bad, because once you toe that starting line, you are all in. But this flat course is not my type of race. Also, I simply didn’t have the legs today. On the other hand, it did succeed in shaking my body out of its winter slumber. A much-needed reconnecting with digging deep. I had a hard time swimming against the waves. In the beginning, I was part of a group, but I had to let them go. On the bike too, I immediately felt that I didn’t have strong legs. But I just pushed through, hoping that the run would be better. And it was. I found my rhythm and was able to finish the race with a good feeling. Now it’s on to France for a few more weeks of training for the Marbella half Ironman at the end of April. The 2019 train has left the station!”

 

Ironman France and Embrunman. Tine’s main goals for 2019 are once again the two mythical French races: “I am undefeated in Nice. If I can win the race again this year, I’ll be the first ever to do so for the sixth time,” says Tine. “Embrunman is six weeks after Ironman France and possibly even tougher. I have won the race before, but nobody has achieved the combination with the Ironman France title. That of course motivates me, not to mention my love of a heavy dose of climbing.”

 

Tine’s 2019 race season:

  • 28.04: Ironman 70.3 Marbella
  • 12.05: Ironman 70.3 Pays d’Aix
  • 19.05: Ironman 70.3 Barcelona
  • 16.06: Challenge Geraardsbergen
  • 30.06: Ironman France
  • 15.08: Embrunman
  • 07.09: WC Ironman 70.3 Nice