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News 31.05.2007
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May Summary

May started good for me with a second place and national record in the IAAF Challenge in Sesto 1st of May. As always the women's race was in the morning and the men's race in the afternoon. And also this year the conditions were better in the morning. My brother Erik Tysse and the rest of the men started their race at 4pm with 32 degrees Celsius, thankfully the temperature went down a little bit during the race, but still it was hot when they finished! It was an interesting race to watch and I hope they enjoyed the very good crowd as much as I did in the morning. The spectators had the start lists and they cheered for each athlete by name, it was very motivating! And I think it was a very good idea! Erik did a very good race. He passed 10k in 41:39 in 3rd place together with Robbie Heffernan. Erik walked the last 10k in 39:59 and was the first to cross the finish line! He won his first big international race and I was very happy for him! The day couldn't have been better for Team Plätzer!

After Sesto I was very tired. My back was sore and I needed longer time than usual to recover. We decided that it was important for me to recover good and to get my back ok again. I felt that I needed to focus on training and technique for the next weeks. Therefore I stayed at home and I trained four weeks of "winter training" during May. The "winter training" was done in winter training gear, because the weather was not good at all. Only the last three days were nice with temperatures over 15 degrees and no rain!!! In one month I never race walked as much as I did this May.

I am convinced it was correct to focus on training and technique instead of preparing another race. Now I feel that I have "filled up my bank account" again and I am ready to compete in June.

©Kjersti Tysse Plätzer