Tactical change for world title
Champion Marlborough multisport athlete Suzie Aviss plans to conquer the world . . . again.
She is competing in the world long course duathlon championships in Switzerland on Sunday, hoping to win her 40-44 years age group title for the second time after winning her first world crown in Belgium in 2009.
However, the bar has moved considerably as far as the course is concerned.
When Aviss won in Belgium it was over a 21km run, 90km cycle, 10km run course. The new distance in Switzerland is a 10km run, 150km cycle and 30km run.
She rode the cycle course this week and said it was tough. In an email to The Marlborough Express, Aviss said: "The ride is three 50km laps and I did one lap today and cannot imagine riding it another two times then banging out a 30km run. Ha, the things we do.
"An absolute rollercoaster ride on the bike. Makes the GrapeRide look too easy."
Aviss feels she is likely to use different tactics for this race.
Whereas she usually goes out hard in front on the first run and lets the rest of the field play catch-up, the long 30km run to finish means she will need plenty left in the tank after the cycle.
"My strategy is to take it easy in the first run and bike then . . . have something left for the last run. It is very typical of competitors in this type of race to get carried away and smoke it for the first half then crash and burn in the second. I can only hope that will happen and then it might bring me up through the field."
- The Marlborough Express
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