It was a challenging triathlon in the center and on the outskirts of the, so called, the most beautiful city in the hearth of Europe. On the race morning, the sun was already high in the sky and was announcing one hot day in the city. The temperatures were rising and the race was due to start at noon. We tried to get some good sleep the previous night but we had some loud Chinese neighbors who were very talkative in the morning hours. After breakfast we prepared our bikes and took a one mile stroll down to the center.
The swim was held in the Vltava river with refreshing 17 degrees. The first impression was amazing though the water is not clean and there is some rubbish swimming allover. Anyway, through my goggles I was able to see nothing, not even my hand in front of me. The swim start was explosive and it took me by surprise while I was still polishing my goggles. It was time to start swimming. We took two U-turns and swam under two bridges. First part of the swim was against the flow and it felt harder than the other part going in the opposite direction.
After coming out of the muddy river bank, we were getting ready for the bike part. The transition was busy and you had to took the stairs up on the bridge to get your bicycle. Cycling was held on the highways and country roads outside Prague. There were two laps to be ridden and the heat was already taking its toll. We tried to drink a lot and one big banana was my energy provider. It was nice but I could not wait for the run to start because I did not manage to get the optimal cycling training distance in the previous months. I was counting on some experience from the past three years.
Finally, the running part. It is a part when you can relax knowing that somehow you will probably manage to get to the finish line. I enjoyed running and whenever there was a chance I took some watermelon for refreshment. The evening was approaching and it was time to pass the finish line. I always get emotional when this happens because you never know when your last amazing triathlon finish line will be passed. Therefore, not even one should be taken for granted.
Afterwards… pizza, salmon, salad and a glass of local beer. It was a mild beer with a gentle taste, especially appropriate for women. 🙂 Though I rarely drink it and I am not really familiar with European beers. For dessert… an ice cream and one long, deep sleep. I guess we finally deserved it… the Chinese were quiet.