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Susanne Buckenlei - Reflect

Planet X endurance specialist, Susanne Buckenlei, has won the prestigious, and much feared, Norseman Xtreme Triathlon three times (2009, 2010 & 2011). Taking time out to reflect on the ups and downs of 2013 whilst she prepares for a new year, Susanne looks towards a year without setbacks.

At the end of the year, and the beginning of the new, it´s time for me to reflect what happened in the last 12 months and try to give a little preview for the upcoming year.

2013 is a mix of emotions; I had a great start with a perfect time on the island of Fuerteventura from January to April, followed by some trips to the French and Italian mountains. Life couldn’t have been better.

Back home at the end of May, beginning of June, the good times turned into times of trouble, especially with my health. While my athletes achieved an Ironman Title, World title AG, German champ title AG, and lots of more great results, I suffered more and more and no one was able to find out what was wrong.

Honoured with the start number 1, and feeling a bit better, I ventured to the start line on the ferry for my favourite race, the Norseman Xtreme. Not a good idea, as I quickly found out. I was not even able to reach the first hill on the bike leg. I stopped - did it ever start? – my season and went from doctor to doctor… again. A 5th blood measurement finally brought a result and a complete change for me. My thyroid was causing the problems I was having; a simple issue with big consequences, because it even felt hard to walk in hilly areas without feeling breathless and tired.

So, I went through a period of therapy and I can say that I'm feeling good once again. It’s too early to give a proper preview for 2014, but at least I´m back to training, and it’s working. The planning of my season will start after the first, or second, camp of four on Fuerteventura.

I´m not a fan of indoor sport, so over the last few weeks I’ve had lots of fun doing some winter sports before I fly to Fuerte’ on Monday. We travelled to Austria for alpine and cross-country skiing and it was just perfect; the power is coming back and I’m having lots of fun again. So, I hope in 2014 I will be back on them track again. More about possible goals in one of the next blogs!

Yours,

Susa

 

Photographer, Agurtxane Concellon, documented Susa's time at Norseman, producing this backstage collection along the way.

 

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Norseman Extreme winner Susanne Buckenlei Planet X Exocet 2 bike

28 January 2014

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