- I started refining my road- and mountainbike so I wouldn't be carrying around one gram too much. I added a Haero H.380 aero handlebar so my roadbike would no longer weight more than 6kg. My mtb got a Acros A-GE shifting system, a MythicCarbon crank and BrakeForceOne brakes, and after some testing on the mountainbike descent I opted to ride with a rigid fork so in the end my mountainbike got down to a weight of 6,85kg.
- I started riding, running and swimming so at the end of july I managed to swim 200km, cycle 5.000km, mtb 1.000km and run 1.000km. Al together I climbed 90.000hm.
Then it was time to go to Thun where I would meet my parents who were coming over to support me but also meeting other competitors and getting all the gear ready for the transitions.
On Friday it became clear the water was to cold to have a swim on Saturday, so our day would start with a boattrip to Oberhofen and a 3km run in Oberhofen.
Raceday started with a breakfast at 5 o'clock (thank you hotel AlphaThun) and then we were off to Oberhofen. I started the first run very calm together with Benny , another Belgian who I met in Thun before the race. When we were almost in last position during the run, number 11 and 12 (the first ladies of last year) came running past us... aparently they where also not I a hurry yet.
Although I passed al lot of people after the cycling part, as I moved from position 266(after cycling) to 227(after mtb) to finish as 204 and that gives the impression I was getting quicker towards the end the comparison with the winner tells another story : for the cycling I needed 35% more time, mtb 40% and running 50% ...
My overall heartrate during the race was 140... not bad for having climbed over 5500m