Frederiksen gears up for her first full-distance race

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.