Great 2nd place
I’m more than pleased with a great 2nd place at IM France, on a day when I didn’t have good feelings and during which I had to work my mind to the maximum and suffered a lot, from the beginning to the end.I lost more time that I expected during the swim, I gained positions on bike, although I was not able to make up time with the leaders. I ran fast, especially in the two first laps, but I slowed down in the third, when the tiredness and the pain were more evident. There I lost the victory options, a victory that anyway was always a little far from my reach and which I always saw as being very complicated.
We will keep working on the “ROAD TO KONA”.
Thank you very much everybody for you support, encouragement and follow me!
Good feelings in the last test before the big goal at IronMan France next 29th June.
Pleased with 5th position in a hard Ironman 70.3
7am at Calella, the day dawns quiet, and clear and the Mediterranean Sea is calm.
After the starting shot, the athletes have to swim only one loop of 1900m. I go out into the water with strength, I feel good sensations.
I arrive to the sand and go fast to T1, the lead is not too far ahead, and I should try to catch them, but before I leave the city, I have a mechanical problem with my handlebars which drop down as I go over a sleeping policeman.
Fortunately, I can continue to ride without stopping, although I've lost my habitual position and I’m not so comfortable as usual.
I feel good and I am winning positions. The bike race is hard and technical and really enjoyable! Climbing the Montseny mountain, I gain some more positions, and coming back to Calella people say to me that the leader group it’s not too far ahead.
Transition 2, I go out to run, and the reference that I have it that the podium is more than 2 minutes ahead and I’m in 7th position.
It seems that I can’t find good sensations running…I don’t know if it’s something objective or subjective, but I continue running, going forward and trying to cut seconds.
Two laps on a flat running course allowed us to control the time between each other, although quickly there were many people running and that made it difficult to check our positions. We maintained similar distances with only small changes among us. I managed to pass the 6th qualified when we were less than a km from the finish line, but I could not pass the 4th qualified and missed catching him by only 7”.
It is not long until IM Nice, the only IM of this half season. We keep working to arrive at 110% for this race and I trust we will achieve it. For that, there is only one more appointment…in less than two weeks, we head off to Italy, to race at IM70.3 Pescara.
“TomTom es una marca muy comprometida con el deporte, y lo demuestra con todos los dispositivos de su línea de fitness, muy fiables y diseñados teniendo en cuenta las demandas específicas de los triatletas. El nuevo reloj TomTom Multisport Cardio, por ejemplo, supone un gran avance al permitir medir las pulsaciones sin banda pectoral. Estoy muy ilusionado de que una marca como ésta forme parte de mis patrocinadores”, asegura el triatleta.
“Para nosotros Víctor es un ejemplo de superación, y su larga carrera deportiva lo demuestra. Esperamos que este acuerdo con él, que empieza en 2014, pueda prolongarse en el futuro —explica Ángel Sevillano, director general de TomTom en España—. El triatlón es una disciplina con cada vez más adeptos, tanto profesionales como aficionados, y nuestros objetivos en el mercado del fitness no estarían completos si no apoyásemos, también, los de nuestros usuarios y embajadores.”
2nd qualified at Elche
This weekend, in Alicante, the 10th edition of the Elche half distance triathlon, Arenales 113 took place.
It was 8h in the morning, when from the beach of Arenales, the swimming started. The swimming was more complicated than we expected due to strong wind which made the exit very difficult, especially from the last two buoys.
I arrived at the transition area a few seconds after the second group, T1 and I took the bike. The race was one minute ahead of me, I was rapidly overcoming positions and bit by bit I was placing myself in the first positions. At the same time the wind start to decrease gradually.
I left the bike in 4th place, the italian Domenico Pasuello was at the front of the race, a bit later Miguel Angel Fidalgo and the Scottish Fraser Cartmell was in 3rd position and less than a minute ahead.
The running course started, without doubt the sector most characteristic of this triathlon, asphalt, sand beach and a good flight of stairs which made it hard, very hard. Although, in spite of that, there were many km per lap which let you run fast. Ending the first of the three laps and before I reached the beach, I overtook the Scot and took third place. Ahead, Domenico and Fidalgo were running together within a few seconds of each other, but almost 4’ ahead of me, a difficult time to recover. At the end of the second lap, everybody was starting to feel the effects of the distance, the difficulty of the running course and the heat. Fidalgo was going down and at the beginning of the third lap I overtook him and I took 2nd place. The difference with Pasuello was decreasing but not enough to overtake him. I arrived second at the finish line and after was Fraser Cartmell.
I still need more workouts and weeks to get to my best possible form, but I’m going in the right direction. In three weeks I will be at home, where the first edition of the Barcelona 70.3IM is waiting for me and I am sure I will arrive in a little better form.
Photos: Javier Del Rosario G. /// EUROTRI
Starting at the end, 7th place at Cannes International Triahtlon
2km of swimming with a crowded started, many punches until the first buoy (normal), but even so, I had good sensations. The second lap, deflated me a little, but I kept up with the group I was in.
At transition area, I lost more than 3’ with the head.
On the bike, the first flat kms were a bit hard, but my legs started to warm up during the first climbs and I felt better. The race is continuously going up and down, and it’s hard to find a rhythm, and know if you are going fast or slow, although the feelings were not bad. Despite of this I was one of the fastest cycling, I kept the distance with the lead, and I arrived at the transition area 11th or 12th.
Fast transition into the running, I went out fast, and I had strength, there were “only“ 16 km, so I should push myself! I flew round the first lap…but I went down during the second lap with a stitch that it wouldn’t let me run…once it went away, I got back into a good rhythm for the third and fourth laps. Even so, I got one of the best running splits.
Valuing the performance and the feelings, which are the most important things at the beginning of the season, not the final place. I think that it isn’t a bad way to start, although I must admit that maybe I was expecting a better place… ;-D
Now, we will keep working, and continue to refine the performance in the next races.
Next goal, in less than a week, 26th of April at Elche Triathlon, Arenales 113 (Alicante, Spain).
A good start to the season
Considering that the beginnings of the season haven’t been my strength, doing a short distance and getting a second place a few seconds short of the victory, means that I should value the result as a positive.
In the swimming it wasn’t one of my best days, it took me time to get going and it wasn’t until the second lap that I started to pick up pace, yielding nearly 2’ from the leader.
Riding on the bike the feelings were different. I felt fine and I could maintain a good pace after overcoming some mishaps in the first few kilometres. I got off the bike 2’30” from the first classified, in second position.
The running course was without doubt where I felt the best, as every kilometre passed I could see that the leader was closer, and although I tried to the end, the victory escaped me by just 10 seconds.
Now, with the race analysed, I will keep working and start to think about the next race, the Cannes International Triathlon on 13th of April, which has a demanding course and distances of 2-80-16km, more similar to my characteristics. I hope to get a big result.
Bachor Konstantin (GER) 2h5'46"
Victor Del Corral (SPA) 2h5'56"
Patrik Nilsson (SWE) 2h9'23"
El galardonado triatleta se une al proyecto Barcelona/Calella Territori Triatló
Víctor Del Corral ha acompañado a la alcaldesa, Montserrat Candini y a la teniente alcalde del Ayuntamiento de Barcelona, Maite Fandos en la firma del convenio de cooperación entre las dos ciudades, para la promoción y realización de eventos deportivos de triatlón.
Esta mañana en el Ayuntamiento de Calella ha tenido lugar la firma del convenio de cooperación entre Calella y Barcelona para la promoción y realización de eventos deportivos de triatlón: Barcelona/Calella Territori Triatló.
La alcaldesa Montserrat Candini, ha destacado la suma de esfuerzos y complicidades que representa la firma del convenio con Barcelona. Se ha mostrado muy satisfecha por el hecho de que Calella finalmente, después de mucho trabajo a lo largo de los años, se ha consolidado como destino de turismo deportivo, que representa una dinamización económica muy importante para la ciudad. También ha agradecido profundamente la enorme generosidad de Barcelona a la hora de querer sumar sinergias positivas, ya que Barcelona representa una gran marca al mundo que ahora se suma a Calella. También ha querido agradecer el trabajo desinteresado e indispensable de los voluntarios.
La teniente alcalde Maite Fandos, ha agradecido también la voluntad de sumar y cooperar y, ha destacado que Calella es el referente del país en cuanto a Triatlón de primer nivel. También ha manifestado la importancia que tuvieron los JJOO del ’92 para Barcelona y, que desde entonces el deporte ha continuado cada vez más vivo en la ciudad, un ejemplo es que el año pasado se declaró Barcelona como segunda ciudad más deportiva del mundo.
Víctor Del Corral se unirá al Team Calella y será uno de los difusores de la imagen de nuestra ciudad, llevando el nombre de Calella a cualquier parte del mundo por dónde compita. Una oportunidad ya que el alto nivel del triatleta garantiza su visibilidad.
Calella, 10 de marzo de 2014
Satisfied with my second place at the 8th Island Cross Triathlon Challenge
Although I haven’t yet covered many kilometres in this early season, I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to compete in such a spectacular and very special place as the Island of La Graciosa.
The cross triathlon was held under a 1-20-6 format and in it we could swim at the quay at Caleta de Sebo, with most of the route without waves or currents, go around the north of the island of La Graciosa on the MTB tracks very fast except for a small stretch of sand dunes, and run down to the sea to the French beach through paths and areas with a lot of sand on which it was really difficult to run fast.
The competition had a good level because many European triathletes who are training in Lanzarote took part and this helped me to do my best during the race and also made this a very good workout.
The next race will be on March 22nd in Fuerteventura, where for the third year I will take part in the Lighthouse Triathlon. An Olympic distance triathlon without drafting, which has the distinction of climbing to the Entallada Lighthouse in the running leg and that surely will also be good training for the important tests to come in April and May.
Winner Ironman Arizona
Today, I will not spend too much time on this summary, as I believe I’m unable to do it objectively. I’m so happy and at the same time, so incredulous that this has happened, I will need some days to assimilate my thoughts.
I workout every day dreaming of achieving something like this, but at the same time knowing that it’s so difficult that I think I might never achieve it. Having achieved my dreams surpasses my limits of happiness!
The race didn’t start too well. There was a continuous fight to find and maintain a place within a group in the water. Instead of directing their efforts on advancing through the water, the group were wasting their efforts fighting amongst themselves.
When I got on the bike, the situation didn’t improve either. My legs were cold and painful for at least 15km, during which time bad thoughts were going round in my mind. But, with the passing of more km, my legs warmed-up and began to work, and then my thinking changed too.
At the u-turn at 30km, I could see that the leader group were not too far ahead and I started to feel better, but then I suffered an abdominal cramp when I tried to put my water bottle behind my saddle. I couldn’t pedal my bike for a while and I lost the group that I was in.
After that, I had to make an extra effort for at least 10km to catch them up again. When finally I achieved it, I saw that the gap between us and the group leaders had widened and I knew that if I wanted to achieve the victory I would have to fight hard to close the gap, and that was what I did.
I was pushing my way through for many km and I was overtaking many triathletes who had been with the leader group, but I couldn’t close the gap with Jordan Rapp. He arrived 6’40” ahead into T2 and Pedro Gomes 4’.
I got off the bike feeling very bad, but I began to run and my legs were working better that I could have expected, unwittingly, I was running very fast and cutting the disadvantage. When I passed 6km I did a quick calculation, and I realised that I could achieve the victory, but that it would not be easy.
When I passed 10km I took second place and I took the lead at 18km. Although there was more than half of the marathon remaining, I was increasing the gap between myself and the other triathletes but I was suffering a lot. My body was asking for more food than I had, and I had to take all I could collect from the aid stations. Perhaps I didn’t see that the victory was in danger, but I knew I couldn’t relax.
It was when there were only 3km to the finish line that I realised that the victory was mine and then I could start to enjoy it! And what can I say about the approach to the finish line? What an incredible moment, to cross the line, surrounded by cheering crowds and enjoy jumping and screaming in victory! A very tough victory, but as I said, it was worth the suffering!
Photos by Jose Andrés Vargas - Lead Adventure Media
Winner Ironman Florida and Sub 8h
Two dreams came true in one day
After a previous windy and rainy day, race day dawned calm, but still left a rough sea.
The swim leg turned out to be difficult because of the choppy sea. Entering-exiting the water was complicated and also during the swim. We swam two loops of 1900 meters. The outside air was cool, but the water was warm and on the second lap I was feeling bit bad because of the heat.
Ospaly and Zeebroekled together the swim and first km on the bike followed a minute and a half later by a group of 6 or 8 triathletes. I was 5 ' behind this group. After 15km on the bike I started to feel good. I started to move up positions until km 25 when I reached the lead group. Ahead Starykowicz took the lead and pulled away from all other triathletes.
As the miles passed, we managed to drop competitors and the group was reducing. At km 150 we were only 10 triathletes in the group.
I arrived at T2, and started to run 5th, the first reference was that Starykowicz was 18' ahead. I thought I could still catch him, I had the marathon ahead and I would fight to the end. At km 6 I took second place, ahead of Italian Daniel Fontana.
Half way through the marathon the distance was down to 8'30 " from the lead and I have a small “bump”. The heat, the distance and the fast pace makes me hurt and suffer. I was not sure I could take the win but I tell myself I cannot give up and if not the win fight and achieve the great challenge of finishing an Ironman under 8 hours.
Kilometers go by, I start to feel good again and time is reduced with the leader. Just 10 km to go people tell me that he is 3 ' away, then 2'45", later 2' and 1' ahead. Finally I could see him and believed that I could take the victory. I ran as hard as I could and took the lead with 2.5km to go then gave everything I had left until the finish line.
I could not believe it when I saw the clock over the finish line. I was not just the winner of the event but also achieved to make a sub 8 hour Ironman finish. Minutes later the race speaker reported that I had done the fastest marathon split in Ironman history in the US: 2h37'20" I beat IM Florida course record and made the quickest Ironman finish time ever in North America.
It has been an unforgettable day and I am so grateful to all of you for offering me your support and trusting in me!
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!
Photos by Jose Andrés Vargas - Lead Adventure Media
70.3 Lanzarote WINNER
Agnieszka Jerzyk and Victor Del Corral set new course records over the challenging (but spectacular) IRONMAN 70.3 Lanzarote course.
by Volker Boch
IRONMAN events on the Canary Islands are always won by strong bikers. Spaniard Victor del Corral might be renowned for his running prowess, but he didn’t wait for the final discipline to nail down the victory. Poland’s Agnieszka Jerzyk did wait for the run to take the lead in the women’s race, setting a new course record, too.
Another big day in Lanzarote for del Corral
Lanzarote seems to be a great race venue for Victor del Corral Morales. In 2012 he became only the second Spaniard (after Eneko Llanos) to win the oldest IRONMAN in Europe. Like he did two weeks ago in Pay D’Aix, del Corral had an incredible run, adding that to his race-fastest bike split to take the title. He also broke Ivan Rana’s course record with his 4:06:42 winning time.
Russian Olympic distance specialist Alexander Bryukhankov forced the pace in the swim, leading a group of seven out of the water in 22:23. It wasn’t until the 9.5 km climb at Tabayesco that the del Corral started his show. Great Britain’s Will Clarke had been leading the race from T1 on, and was almost three minutes ahead of del Corral at the bottom of the tough climb. By the top of the climb, though, the lead was down to 10 seconds. A little later del Corral passed Clarke and would never look back. Clarke took the silver medal thanks to a solid run ahead of Domenico Passuello from Italy.
Another Olympian takes a 70.3 title
Holly Lawrence from Great Britain was the first women out of the water in 24:03 minutes, followed by defending champion Danne Boterenbrood (NED) and Germany’s Katja Konschak. Jerzyk, who raced at last year’s summer Olympics in London, and the British co-favorite, Susie Hignett, lost only a few seconds in the swim, but the Belgian duo of Tine Deckers and Sophie de Groote, along with former ITU world champion Samantha Warriner (NZL), came out of the water almost three-minutes behind. Boterenbrood attacked for the lead at the bottom of the Tabayesco climb. Jerzyk, Hignett and Lawrence followed behind, but on the uphill section, Deckers made up a lot of ground on the women in front of her. By T2, Boterenbrood was still in the lead, but Deckers was in the runner-up position ahead of Hignett and Jerzyk. Only 90 seconds separated first through fourth. Jerzyk started like a short distance athlete and kept the pace up until the finish line. The 25-year-old almost sprinted to the victory in her debut pro race on the IRONMAN 70.3 series in 1:22:42., giving her a new course record (4:39:48).
Women’s Top 5
1 Agnieszka Jerzyk POL 00:24:53 02:47:20 01:22:42 04:39:48
2 Danne Boterenbrood NED 00:24:05 02:47:00 01:25:02 04:40:44
3 Susie Hignett GBR 00:25:12 02:47:07 01:26:46 04:43:33
4 Tine Deckers BEL 00:27:21 02:44:29 01:30:32 04:46:50
5 Jenny Schulz GER 00:29:23 02:51:22 01:22:20 04:47:34
Men’s Top 5
1 Victor Del Corral Morales ESP 00:25:02 02:24:11 01:13:21 04:06:42
2 Will Clarke GBR 00:22:30 02:29:19 01:15:30 04:10:53
3 Domenico Passuello ITA 00:25:17 02:27:34 01:16:03 04:12:46
4 Ruedi Wild SUI 00:22:29 02:29:37 01:20:03 04:16:08
5 Alessandro Degasperi ITA 00:23:59 02:33:33 01:14:38 04:16:15
Third position IM 70.3 Pays d'Aix and first points on the road to Kona 2014 IM WC
After a swim section in which I have given perhaps a bit more time than I expected and bike segment in which neither the strength nor the rivals have allowed me to give my best, a good split run has placed me in a grate third place and has given me a desired first points on the way to our goal 2014.
Thanks again to everyone for your help!
Together we will continue growing!
Winner of Extreme Man Narbonne
After complicated weeks by rib fracture, on September 8th it was time to return to competition with Extreme Man Narbonne.
After the rain of the previous evening , the day dawned cool , cloudy and windy. Although in the sea hadn’t waves, had great water current, and on bike we should pay attention.
Departure of triathlon was on time, in the water, in the first loop I was near of leader, but on the second loop, alone, I lost more time and I arrived in 6th place and yielding just over 3'30 " with the head.
Quickly on the bike, the first kilometers planes help me to start recovering positions. From the beginning I was concentrated on the road and took my pace. I took the lead in km 40th.
In transition 2, I went out with intention to enjoy, but I saw that the second triathlete was just 3’ of me and then I could not relax as I'd like, I tried to keep that distance and I did it until the end.
I crossed the finish line, I feel happy, this season has been being so troubled that really needed a little stroke of moral like this. Although this has only just begun, now I should analyze the details of race and keep working hard to try and get great results before the end of the year and our goal for 2014.