Frederiksen finishes first long distance race with silver medal

She's the fastest woman ever over the half-distance. At the ITU Long Distance World Championship in Penticton, Canada Helle Frederiksen made her long-distance debut, finishing second.

| August 30, 2017 | PERSONALITY

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Denmark's Helle Frederiksen moved up to half-distance racing after representing her country at the 2012 Olympics, setting the world's fastest half-distance time (3:55:50) in 2014. After a few years dealing with injuries, Frederiksen will compete in two world championships over a two-week period - she took silver in Penticton after leading the entire bike ride and half the run and heads to Chattanooga for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship next week. We caught up with her shortly after she finished the longest run of her life in Penticton:

So, how easy was that?

That was so long. That was so long, that run. I rode so hard out in the front all by myself all day long and had an amazing ride. It was probably 70.3 effort, and the watts were like 70.3, so I was very pleased with that. But 30 km is long. My longest run before this was 90 minutes.

You kept your podium streak alive.

Yes, that was really nice, but it is quite a way up to an Ironman. I was thinking that I want to do an Ironman, but this was so long. 30 km is plenty – 20 would have been perfect. (Laughing.)

The bike obviously went well, how was the swim?

It was pretty easy. I tried to overtake Jennifer (Spieldenner) many times, but every time she surged and I thought it would be stupid to burn too many matches out in the water. I could see we were a little group, but I had a lot of excess energy, so I thought if I could feel good in the water I could get out and have a good T1 and get out on the bike and get away.

Was there anything that you learned from the run?

I was struggling with my stomach a little bit out there. I might have to cut down on breakfast a little bit. I ate as much as I would for a half. Because the intensity is a little lower, it allows your body to digest and I could feel that. Other than that, I just need to get experience at this.