Im writing to you this time from Newark airport on my way to Adrian Michigan. I have really been unlucky with my travels after Wimbledon. After Wimbledon i flew home and had a flight London-Dusseldorf-Stockholm with Air Berlin. Delayed out of London i missed my connection in Dusseldorf and had to spend the night at an airport hotel with my bags and all. My bags then got lost the following day for 5 straight days when traveling on a direct flight to Stockholm. My compensation was €40 from Air Berlin??!!
This time around i was supposed to fly Stockholm- New York- Detroit on Wednesday. Arrived well with SAS in New York before 3 flights!! with United Airlines got cancelled to Detroit on Wednesday night. The last one at 1 am. I got rebooked on a Delta flight at 6 am. The grounds people had no hotel within 1 hour from Newark, so i had to sleep on a chair at the airport. When changing terminal to get my boarding pass with Delta in the morning the ticket itself has been canceled (instead of rebooked) by United. I again had to take the air train change terminal to go to United to try solve the issue. I just make it on time for check in for the 6 am flight when they tell me its delayed until 10 am. So here i am. Without any sleep at all. Well into my 4th coffee in the last 2 hours. As I’m only here over the weekend for lectures its a huge blow for me off course. Compensation?! I doubt it.. This whole industry has some catching up to do to win my confidence back to say the least:)
Anyway. The time after Wimbledon has been spent with my family. Since 1 year back I’m making sure to spend a lot of time with my kids when I’m home. Its been a great investment really.
Since Stan lost early in Wimbledon i also entered an Ironman 70.3 race. An Ironman 70.3 is a half distance Ironman. The first official Ironman 70.3 race in Sweden ever. I was not really ”Triathlon prepared” but i decided to enter anyway just to get my first race under the belt. The experience was really good! Didn’t really know what to expect when i ran into the water. The swim was really good for a first race i think. Didn’t panic and finished with 36 minutes. Got stuck a bit on the way home and cruised to the end. The 500m run in wetsuit was also good before T1. Took my time and made a quite good transition to the bike. 90 km on the bike is quite long for me right now. Specially with the Tri bike i was using. Not used to the more aerodynamic positioning of the body on the bike. As i said I’m not prepared yet so i took my time and didn’t push to much. Still managed to pick up a 5 minute penalty for drifting to close to another cyclist. In long distance triathlon you are not supposed to be closer than 10 meter to any other cyclist. I picked up the penalty just after a long hill when everybody got jammed together. I had a laugh with the guys in the penalty box. In Triathlon when you get a penalty you have to stop at the the next penalty box when you receive a penalty by the umpires on the motorbikes. If you don’t stop you get disqualified. I lost 5 minutes there and also had to stop another time to go to the toilet. Didn’t push maximum and finished the 90 km bike in 2:47 with average speed of around 32,5 km/h. The run was the split i was worried about as i have only been able to run 8 times since February due to partial tear of the patella tendon. Quite crazy to compete in an Ironman i know but thats me. Im super happy with the knee. No pain whatsoever during or after the race. I finished the half marathon with 1:50. Not a great time but overall I’m super happy with my first race. No pain and we had a lot of fun. Looking forward to my next race and to the full Ironman:)
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Wow, now I’m found sportsbar that is has tennis channel and live tennis from ATP 250 in Båstad. Bedene vs Brown. Awesome!! I miss båstad. Haven’t been there in a few years.
C u later guys!!