Do you know these grand parents that out of a sudden think they missed your childhood? Okay I am talking about my grandfather, I always tell him storys about my travelling, racing and exploring new countries, but he was alwys just smiling when I told him I race the Xterra World Tour, because he never had any idea what it is about. So finally he asked me if there is any possibility to see all this swimming, cycling and running life?! I said well yes, there is, you only have to come with me. Thats exactly what we did, and now I had a perfect travelling buddy for my next race, the Xterra Portugal, it was my grandfather.
Five days befor the race we started our trip, flew to Lissabon and drove on to Golega where the race took place. I was training on the course in the morning, and did some touristic stuff with my gran in the afternoon. It was the perfect mixture.
On the 27th in the morning we met Rosemary, the mother of Xterra, she is just awesome, my gran sticked with her for the whole race and she gave him all the important information about how the race went on, who is leading, who could win and how I am in the race.
After this very dirty water we had to swim in I changed onto my bike, looking forward to get to the single trails. The beginning of the bike course was flat and fast, with lots of wind for about 5km, but once we hit the hills it was amazing. Technical sections and sometimes unrideable for some athletes. I luckily didnt crash on the deep downhills, but after two third into the bike and all the heat I got some problems with my endurance. My legs got lazy and the speed was gone. All the work up to the 5th place I did before got lost and the guys from behind caught me again.
I changed to the run on 8th position, caught one or two guys, but some others overtook me again. The further I came the better my run was, but until the finish line I couldnt change anything about the position and finally finished on this 8th place on this day. I can definitely recommend this bike course to anyone, but take care of overdoing it on the first half of it.