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Challenge Roth 2016, impressions

It’s hard to put the intensity of the past few days into words so here’s a brief photo summary of our journey to Roth. Almost a week on I am still awed by this whole adventure. Thousands thanks to Team Zoot Tri Europe for giving me this opportunity of a lifetime!

Wednesday – Thursday

A long road trip, a night ferry crossing, breakfast in Brussels, hours of Staus auf der Autorbahn, free toilets, paying toilets… and a very warm welcome in Roth.

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Friday

A Zoot-Booth tropical Zooter meet-up, stocked up on supporters’  kit, bike prep-up, campsite javelin practise for draft-prevention, pasta party and again feeling very welcome and cheered up!

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Saturday morning

Mini Zooter’s day at the Junior Challenge, some siestattitude, then time to show she’s alive and kicking at the Schüler B triathlon over a 200 swim, 5 km cycle and 1km run!

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Saturday afternoon

Bike and run kit check-in, lots of bikes and a very light run bag!

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Sunday = Funday!

It’s early, balloons fly up in the sky, a cannon shot and we’re off for a long day…

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Monday morning

Even more convinced that a long-sleeved suit would be nice! Building dens in the woods, meeting world champions and drinking a bit more Erdinger before wrapping up some unfinished business…

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…Monday morning’s unfinished business…

I kicked in the teeth two preconceived ideas this Sunday: did a long distance tri, faced a marathon and now it’s time for number 3. So this happened when we stumbled upon the perfect pair of witnesses, the bridesmaid was even there for a Zooter Roth proposal 🙂 Fortunately, there were strong arms to help me back up.

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Monday – Tuesday – Wednesday

An even longer return road trip, off the Autobahn this time but with a Japanese-speaking car stuck in single speed for way too long, an early ferry crossing, the end of a ferry tail that wouldn’t open to let us out and a big celebration back home.

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A more conventional race report and informative write up will follow for those keen on more details!

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5 comments on “Challenge Roth 2016, impressions

  1. Tamsyn Smith
    July 25, 2016

    Sounds amazing – can’t wait for the longer version!

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  2. tritrainingtoots
    February 8, 2017

    See you have read some of my blog! I am new (obviously!) to all this going long tria malarkey and am actually terrified. It’s great to see your success, without seeming to be corny or crass… it is inspirational! I am on such a rollercoaster of emotion…. one day I am so confident and the next I am wondering why on earth I thought I could do this? Crazy! Thanks for reading some of my rubbish xx

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    • wolfytwex
      February 8, 2017

      Don’t sell yourself down! It’s just great to have such a big goal. Besides, being scared is a very normal state to be in when training for an Ironman but on the other hand, courage is overcoming our fears and makes us better! By the way, a friend did Maastrich last year, I hear it’s a great event (and of course there’s the waffles…). Happy training and I’ll look forward to reading more about your adventures, we all get motivated by other people’s adventures. XXX

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      • tritrainingtoots
        April 27, 2017

        Thanks very much…. I sadly am experiencing some pretty big obstacles which I have just written about in a new post. It’s actually very depressing and doesn’t make for a great read. I am still hopeful that I will do this…. but blimey life isn’t making it easy!

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