Training for hilly Ironman Lanzarote in flat Copenhagen
Copenhagen is the city of cyclists. It is the city of cyclists not because Danes are more active than others but because everything here is dead flat and riding the bike is easy. I am sure that if we had hill in our streets the people of Copenhagen would find other ways to transport themselves.
Mountains can be hard to climb and in a few weeks – on May 22th I am racing Ironman Lanzarote which is one of the hardest Ironman races in the world.
2550 meters of ascent and brutal heat and winds are some of the challenges I will face on 22th of May. When I am done with the 180 km bike in these extreme conditions I have a marathon to run – 42.2 km. The run is my strenght but to run well in a triathlon you have to be strong on the bike and pace yourself.
Length: 180km. Highest point: 600m. Total ascent: 2551m.
However the race I am preparing for will only feature climbs on 4-7 percent so this is what I use the Realaxiom for. Normally an Ironman race is a long steady effort but as you can see on the bike course from Ironman Lanzarote you can see that there is not really anything flat – instead of a steady effort the Ironman Lanzarote will be ridden more like intervals.
Specific training for this type of racing is challenging so part of my preparation for Ironman Lanzarote includes Realaxiom rides with climbs with the same incline that I will be climbing in Ironman Lanzarote.
Live flat, train hilly.
If you have a race with hills this season but live in a flat place like me I advise you to get on a trainer and make sure you come prepared for your race. Find out what climbs you will be doing in the race and design these on the trainer. That will get you ready for a hilly race while you live in a city with flat street.