Van Lierde dominated the Ironman African Championships in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. He looks back on how the race unfolded.
“I knew I was in good shape, but still had to perform according to plan,” Frederik says recounting the race. “It was a very good field. In the beginning of the bike, I felt strong. But for the first 40 or 50 kilometres it is hard to get rid of them.” Once the second loop of the very demanding bike course started, Frederik took over on his P5. “Once I had the gap, it started growing. When I was in the group, I could hold my aero position a lot longer. It helped because, in that head wind, they were losing time.”
Despite the hard ride, Frederik stayed strong through the entire run turning in a 2:49 marathon. He was even able to savour his victory while he ran down the finishing chute. “This is a really fantastic race. Such a big crowd, it is wonderful to race here,” Frederik says of the South African event. We are looking to seeing Frederik race again.
Triathlon “ MONO ” Journalist Nobutaka Otsuka