Lorenza fastest time ever at Nice Irongirl 2015


Nice Irongirl – 5km road race – June 28, 2015 – Nice, France

Lorenza and Nathalie Simon Irongirl Nice 2015

Lorenza Radichi and Nathalie Simon

Sunday 5am

Early wake up… to attend the start of the Ironman…

6.30am : 2800 athletes are off for their journey…

Mine is about to start : the Irongirl France : it’s a 5K race for women only. It’s especially an excuse to cross the famous finish line !!

At 8.30, hundreds of women are already jumping in the start area… the atmosphere is fantastic : loud music, everybody is cheering…

I am first line beside my long time friend and former windsurf champion Nathalie Simon… we are chatting waiting for the start when she tells me that she has already done 4 Half IM…

I am wondering if I should not move down the crowd… far behind everybody…

Irongirl Nice 2015

Irongirl Nice 2015

8.58… everybody is ready… the speaker starts the countdown…

But suddenly Yves Cordier, the organizer stands in front of us and shouts “no ! no !”

The speaker shouts “and they aaaaaaare off”…

But 777 women shouts : “nooooooooo”

In fact… when everybody thought all the athletes were on the bike course… a woman has just finished her swim… she is the very last concurrent… and we were all about to run on the first yards of her bike course…

She is now leaving T1 : and now all the 700 hundred of us are encouraging her as she starts cycling ….. (we will find ou later that her name is American Julie Decker who sam the 3.8km in 02H16mn53. I was told that the swim this year was an absolute nightmare because of the crowd first and then of the waves… )

Pfew… that was a short call… good luck to her…

A second later we’re all running… My watch shows 15kmh … no way I’m going to keep that pace … especially as I realized that in the speed of waking up and rushing to the Ironman start : I forgot to eat and drink this morning

Sun is already burning… it’s hot … very hot… happily there is a “ravito” at 2.5km : I stop to drink and shower my head…

I find my usual pace : 10.5kmh…

And then here it is … the famous finish line with the Ironman arch  ! And the medal … very nice medal by the way ! and then… I am on the floor : too much heat !

I will at last cross the line at the 270 position / 777 in 28mn04s at a Pace of 10.69kmh :  my record ! 😉

And realize how much they will suffer in the afternoon on that Promenade des Anglais…..

What the Ironmen accomplished on Sunday is phenomenal… that marathon is insane…

Full results of the women’s race and further information are here.

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