5 pre-race pro tips from Michelle Vesterby

2018-04-26
Michelle Vesterby

With IRONMAN Texas just around the corner, Michelle Vesterby shares some of her pre-race rituals as well as information on her favorite tri bike, the E-119 Tri+, and the best piece of riding advice she ever received.

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What is your pre-race ritual?

I stick to the plan so no major changes in my pre-race routine. I try to avoid high stress levels. To relax, I always drink a Corona the night before the race. 

 

What goes through your mind while racing?

Not much, I’m really trying to be in the moment! I concentrate on the feedback my body is giving me during the race to give it my best because I know I’m ready. Focusing on my moves and immersing myself fully in the race allows me to deliver my best, be in the zone and enjoy the process.  

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What was the best piece of riding advice you ever received?

To stay aero - head down! The key element in the pre-race is to get into the perfect position for you. I was able to achieve a very optimal position with the E-119 Tri+, allowing me to stay in a great position throughout the whole bike leg. If I could return the advice: find the right bike for you and get a good bike fit. Everyone is fast enough to warrant a position change or scrutiny over gear.

 

What do you like the most about your E-119 Tri+?

That it’s fast as hell! The bike portion of the race is the longest, and throughout the kilometers, we are always pushing our own way through the wind. The E-119 Tri+ feels so aero and I love how the attention to details and integration of the race-day setup has been thought. It makes me trust the bike and I never need to think about it, I just push through and onto the run!

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Why Argon 18?

I do believe it’s the best and fastest bike on the market. For a pro athlete, it’s also important to trust and understand the brand you partner with. So, for me I can recognize myself in the values of the company. I love that Argon 18 always strive to be better - just like me. 

 

All photos ©: Jesper Grønnemark.

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