Running on empty

A cool, grey morning. No motivation to race. Rain forecast. But I loaded up the car and drove to Barmstedt for a final fling; one last triathlon before everything gets packed away until June next year.

First bit of news: there’s no swim, because of blue algae. Not so bad, given the water was very cold. The race is a duathlon instead (5km run, 40km bike, 10km run). There’s not much to say about it. A tough race. Cobblestones on the bike course. A run that was longer than it should have been. I finished 18th, 26 minutes behind the winner. I was also well beaten by a 57 year-old!

On the second run, I had an interesting thought: I want to test these athletes. Not to expose them or get them disqualified or anything like that. I just want to know for sure if they are clean or not. I tried to picture how it would be if, at the end of the race, I brought out a box full of urine containers and asked everyone to give a sample. Anonymous, of course. There’s not much point in naming and shaming. I mean, it’s pretty clear who the culprits might be.

I think it’s time to write another letter to NADA and the DTU. More to follow.

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