In early March I presented my 2020 race plan to you. The events was going to I participate were these:
29.03. Half distance Challenge Salou, Spain
10.05. Olympic distance Buschhuetten, opening of German tri season
22.05. Moonlight run Wesel
31.05. IRONMAN Brazil
21.06. Half distance indeland triathlon
28.06. IRONMAN Frankfurt
19.07. Half distance Nordhausen, German Championships
02.08. Half distance Frankfurt City Triathlon
07.08. – 18.08. road bike tour through the Alps
23.08. Ironman 70.3 Duisburg
None of these events will take place.
FIRST FORM TESTS VERY PROMISING
As a professional athlete, the situation is of course not easy for me. But I didn’t put my head in the sand, I kept fit. I think I’ve found a good balance between a demanding training and the composure necessary. In June I was able to test my form at an Olympic distance in a small triathlon and was very satisfied with the victory and my performance data!
At the beginning of July, I took part in a 34 k time trial and was able to confirm my good cycling form with a victory in the women’s classification. I am pleased that more challenges are now waiting for me in the coming weeks.
IRONMAN Virtual Professional Race
I will be one of four professional ladies to participate in the IRONMAN virtual race this week. I am proud and grateful that IRONMAN gave me the chance to present myself and my partners to the triathlon community and the public in this way. The distances are: 3km running – 40 km cycling – 10 km running.
We already had to complete the 3 km run this week, which had to be recorded and filmed. I did it in my hometown Wesel. Of course, I don’t reveal the result yet, but it was a personal best for me! ?
On Saturday, the main event will follow: a 40 km time trial on the virtual course of the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship course in Chattanooga. The film of the already completed 3 km run is shown in advance and then it counts on the bike! At this point, i would like to thank TACX once again for the top material for the virtual race, Gilles from CEEPO for technical support and Sebastian for professional filming!
After the bike race I will do another 10 km run. However, this no longer counts towards the race result.
Step by Step to the New Normal
Sadly, global infection rates are on all-time highs. I am very concerned about many people, for example in Brazil, India and Africa. The situation in Germany is much better than in other countries of the world. I appreciate that the local infection rates are currently at a level that is workable. That calms me down a bit, not primarily for my situation personally, but for people like my parents. Even if I probably couldn’t have helped in case of a disease, it was good that I cancelled my stay at Playitas on Fuerteventura prematurely and was at home when the pandemic hit Germany. Even though we live in a digitized world, it is reassuring to be physically close to the people we care most about. Now, in Germany and Europe, we are moving step by step towards a new normal, even if caution and distance are still required.
I am looking forward to some light at the end of the tunnel – of course only from my German athlete perspective. There are some events and confirmed races on my agenda:
11.07. IRONMAN Virtual Race
14.07. – 24.07. Training camp Lake Garda
26.07. Triathlon Leipzig – Olympic Distance
29.08. Knappenman Lausizer Seenland – Half Distance
13.09. Ratingen Triathlon – Olympic Distance (TBC)
Further races will be announced after reliable statements by organizers and authorities. The competition schedule is constantly updated on my homepage (https://mareenhufe.de/termine-2020).