19/8/2018: It’s a silver medal for Tine in the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Dún Laoghaire! With a final time of 4:49:31, Tine finished less than 90 seconds behind Emma Pallant (UK; 4:48:02). Amber Ferreira (USA) completed the top-3 with a time of 5:04:01.
Dún Laoghaire was Tine’s first race after injuring her shoulder in June, coming down “De Muur” in Challenge Geraardsbergen. Questions lingered. Had her shoulder healed completely? Would she hold back in the bike course descents? The swim brought the first bit of good news: no problems with the shoulder. Putting in a decent swim, she came out of the water in fourth position, 4:30 behind fastest swimmer Rebeccah Wassner. She then went on to lose too much time in T1. Luckily Tine was feeling very strong on the bike, making big moves immediately on the tough, hilly course. After 35 kilometers, she was in second position, only 1:30 behind Pallant. Around kilometer 50, she took the lead. Tine ended up riding into T2 with 1:45 to spare. That was not enough to keep strong runner Pallant at bay. After 7 kilometers she overtook the lead. Tine kept running smoothly and was able to stay within 90 seconds of Pallant, while the rest of the field trailed by more than 10 minutes. This gave Tine a controlled half marathon to secure that second-place finish.
“I am super pleased,” said a relieved Tine. “Before the race, I was a bit nervous. Not having done a great race for a while will get into your head a little. But I did really well on the bike and in the run. And even my swimming was okay. I did drop the ball in T1. I was stopped twice by a referee who felt that the strap of my bike helmet was not tight enough. I knew that it would be difficult to stay ahead of Emma, but if I had not fumbled around so much in transition, I maybe could have made it a tougher race. But I am happy, really. I am getting stronger and feeling more confident at the right time. Now, the countdown to Ironman Hawaii can really begin. Next week I am doing the half Ironman Zell am See, followed by an altitude training camp and then we leave for Kona at the end of September. Thanks to today’s race, I can start looking forward to it.”