The Weekend That Was In The Words Of The Pros (2/3 March)

  • By Paul Moore
  • Published March 4, 2013
Belgium's Van Lierde celebrates his second Abu Dhabi win

What a weekend of racing. Frederik Van Lierde and Melissa Hauschildt were in imperious form in Abu Dhabi, while Bevan Docherty offered up an Ironman masterclass on his first effort at the distance. But what dd the pros make of an action-packed weekend in the world of triathlon? We took to Twitter and Facebook to find out…

Frederik Van Lierde (@fvanlierde): Super proud of my 2nd @AbuDhabiTri victory! Thanks for all the messages and the appreciation from my fellow competitors!

Bevan Docherty (@bevanjdocherty): Had a blast at #IMNZ It was very special to win at home in front of friends, family & fans. Taupo ur the best!

Alistair Brownlee (@alibrownleetri): Enjoyed the race in Abu Dhabi this morning. Bit of a navigational error to add to the excitment #getlostfindingmywayoutapaperbag

Eneko Llanos (@enekollanos): happy with my second place, very good swim and bike, not so good run but… imposible to beat Frederik Van Lierde today, truly deserved win for him!! (Facebook)

Michelle Vesterby (@versterbytri): WHAT to say!!! I’m so HAPPY and PROUD and OVERWHELMED for all your greetings! WOW! Race report later! One HAPPY and SMILING girl!! 😉

Marko Albert (@pantaani): Well stirred and shaken by the rough race in #IMNZ. happy with second place today @bevanjdocherty was setting the standard today!

Bevan Docherty (@bevanjdocherty): I felt fantastic through most of the day, need 2 tweak my nutrition a little, but bring on Kona!

Gina Crawford (@Gina_Crawford): Thanks for all support at @IMNZ yesterday. Gave it my all but came up short. Congrats to @mbkessler in a class of her own, well deserved!

Heather Wurtele (@TeamWurtele): Not my best swim & ride performance, but the run legs showed up and I raced hard to take 4th!

Yvonne Van Vlerken (@yvonnevvlerken): Very happy with my 5th place today. It was a very hard day, lots of people dropped out. Very hot and very windy. Congrats to Melissa!!!!

Chris McCormack (@MaccaNow): X ray shows a Broken hand. Not happy. Made for a painful second lap of the swim today.

We’ll leave the final 140(ish) characters to Phil Graves…
Phil Graves (@PhilipEGraves): Abu Dhabi rundown, i was 9th! had an awful start got nailed in the swim, made front pack JUST but the pace was crazy high at the start of…
the bike no way i could follow so rode the 200k all by myself, was incredibly windy and just awful! At 160k i started to catch people who…
had cracked on the bike, think i came off 6th then had an average run but had to stop twice for a number 2 so lost about 4mins there…
but overall im happy, off the bike my garmin read 33degrees and i thought how the hell am i going to get through this but i was surprised…
at how well i ran really! So yes, 9th overall, $1500 in the bank, cant really complain as i had 2h sleep last night, just not used to…
changing timezone and i only got here wednesday night, just havn’t adjusted at all and been really struggling with the sleeping thing 🙁

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Paul Moore

Paul Moore

Paul Moore is the Online Editor for Triathlete Europe. When not glued to a computer he can be found writing books - most recently Ultra Performance: The Psychology of Endurance Sports and The World's Toughest Endurance Challenges. Both are available on Amazon. Paul has also written Ultimate Triathlon: A complete training guide for long-distance triathletes which is also available on Amazon.