Frederiksen gears up for Penticton/ Chattanooga double

After a convincing win at Ironman 70.3 Otepää earlier this month, Helle Frederiksen is North America bound for the ITU Long Distance World Championship and the Ironman 70.3 World Championship.

| August 15, 2017 | NEWS

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The fastest woman ever over the half distance (her 3:55:50 at Challenge Bahrain in 2014) is taking on a new distance in 10 days - Denmark's Helle Frederiksen will compete at the ITU Long Distance World Championship in Penticton, B.C. Canada before heading to Chattanooga for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship 13 days later.

After spending much of this season dealing with an injury, Frederiksen won Ironman 70.3 Otepää in impressive style earlier this month, setting her up for the longest race of her career in Penticton - a 3 km swim, 120 km bike and a 30 km run. After that race she'll head to Chattanooga for the 70.3 worlds.

Photo >Courtesy Helle Frederiksen

"I am looking forward to the challenge and putting myself to the test amongst experienced athletes of the long distance world," she says. "It is, of course, unchartered territory for me, but I'm confident in my preparation and that I can race over such a distance competitively. The ITU Long Distance World Championships is a test for me personally as I have ambitions to be competitive in Kona for the IRONMAN World Championships in 2018."

Helle Frederiksen speaks to TriathlonWorld.com in April, 2016.