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One more sleep until the Challenge Prague Middle Distance

Wow - time sure does fly! I can't believe that we raced Ironman Austria in Klagenfurt just under 4 weeks ago and now we are gearing up for a half ironman distance triathlon in Prague!! With only one more sleep until the race, here are some details if you'd like to know more about Challenge Prague.



Marni: Bib 115
Karel: Bib 641

Race information: Click HERE.
Facebook page: Click HERE.

Start time:
12:05pm CEST - Marni (Female wave)
12:25pm CEST - Karel (Male 35-45 wave)
My only race goal is to try to cross that finish line without Karel passing me on the run. 

Distance:
1.2 mile swim/56 mile bike/13.1 mile run


Course: Click HERE.
Transition area: Strelecky island (Prague)
Swim: River Vltava
Bike: 2 loops, closed course, ~2300 feet
Run: 4 loops, ~300 feet



Predicted race day weather:
High 89 degrees Fahrenheit (start time ~85 degrees)

Water temperature:
~63 degrees Fahrenheit

Results:
Live Results: Click HERE
Finisher results: Click HERE. (under the athlete tab)

Coverage: Tune int…

Things to do in Znojmo, Czech Republic

I had never heard of Znojmo before I met Karel. Prague, yes but not Znojmo. If you were wondering, Znojmo is pronounced Znoy - like joy but ZN instead of J and then mo - said like Joe but M instead of J. ZNOY-MO.

If you have ever traveled from Prague to Austria or the other way via car or bus, you probably went through Karel's hometown of Znojmo, Czech Republic.

Znojmo is a major town in the South Moravian Region of the Czech Republic, located near the border with Austria. The town is situated on a rock outcropping on the steep left bank of the Dyje River (thus, we always have to climb on our bikes to get out of town).


The Gothic Church of St. Nicholas and the Late Gothic Town Hall tower are the most recognizable landmarks in Znojmo. St. Nicholas Church was built in 1348 by Emperor Charles IV and the town hall (250 feet tower) dates from around 1446.

There's a lot of history in the town. The Romanesque Rotunda of Virgin Mary (later of Saint Catherine) is the only fully prese…

It's race week - in Czech!

Wow - I can't believe I'm saying this but we are racing on Saturday in historic Prague!

When we planned our 5-week trip to Czech to visit Karel's family and race Ironman Austria, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to race the 2nd running of Challenge Prague to conclude our race-cation. This will be an exciting opportunity for Karel to race in Czech and I have a feeling it's going to be a race to remember as you can't beat the location and the views we will see on the swim and run course are going to be incredible!

As for training, it's been an interesting past few weeks. I felt I recovered quickly for Ironman Austria as my muscles felt rather good the first week  but then again, we also did very little exercise and then the next week was rather light. However, that second week was a bit frustrating for me because my muscles felt ok but I was still feeling incredibly low in energy. It was just an empty feeling that I knew wasn't normal for me but someth…