Denmark's Helle Frederiksen is the fastest woman ever over the half distance. This weekend she's taking on her first full-distance race. A chat with her about her move to long distance racing from just before the ITU Long Distance World Championship in Penticton, B.C., Canada. This weekend she'll compete at Ironman Arizona.
November 17, 2017 | PERSONALITY|
Helle Frederiksen is taking on her first full-distance race this weekend with the goal of getting to Kona for the Ironman World Championship next year.
"This Sunday I will make my debut on the full distance ... I am a rookie at this distance, yet to have ridden a 180km and my longest run to date has been 30 km," she says. "With that said, I'm in Arizona to test myself against proven Ironman competitors. I am unsure of what is ahead of me, yet despite being "the rookie" in the field, I am confident that I am fit and strong enough to have a competitive race."
Included in the field this weekend are Frederiksen's countrywoman Michelle Vesterby, Finland's Kaisa Sali, who has finished fifth in Kona the last two years in a row and Sarah Piampiano (USA), so she's not kidding when she says she's taking on some "proven" competition.