Time of year: August
Value for money: 4
Crowd support: 2
Organisation: 3 (see below)
PB potential: 1
Course: 2-lap lake swim, hilly 3-lap bike course and 2-lap run course
Locality: Zdar Nad Sazavou is a medium size town in Moravia in the Czech Republic. There are a number of tourist attractions in the town such as a church called Zelena Hora and a chateau which are both well worth visiting.
Getting there: The best way to get to Zdar Nad Sazavou if you’re travelling from outside abroad is to fly to Prague or Brno and then take a bus or train.
Webpage: http://www.axiomorbitt.cz/ (only in Czech, but I can help if necessary)
My experience (2013): A last minute decision to come here meant that I didn’t feel too well-prepared, especially after suffering from stomach problems for the two days before the race. I decided to give it a go as the season for me was almost over and when I arrived I was quite pleased I had. There were a lot more competitors than the last time I was here and I think it shows how the Czech Triathlon Series is going from strength to strength.
The start was a little chaotic this year as no one seemed to know where the swim start was or which way round we were swimming! In places the water was quite shallow too, which spoilt it for me a little. When I started the bike and watched some of the people I know pass me, I think I put in a bit too much effort early on or maybe it was from my illness. Whatever happened I once again had a very difficult day here, although things improved on the run and I managed to finished in just under 5 hours.
My experience (2011): I arrived at the race with a niggling achilles injury and was unsure how it would hold up. Luckily the weather was better than the last time I came here, and the swim went well.
After that though, it changed and turned quite cold. I found that the bike course was quite difficult to follow and at some points I wasn’t sure if I was going the right way! I think it was because there were not people directing us at every junction. This affected my bike performance and my enjoyment on the day.
When I started running I could tell that it wasn’t going to be an easy day, especially when I hit a hard uphill section shortly after starting the run. I managed to keep quite a good tempo for the whole run but was worrying about my leg for most of the second half. I finished in my slowest time ever but was pleased to finish the season and have a rest before the marathon I was planning to run in October.