Inspired by the title of Chris Mccormacks great biografi, “I am here to win”, I share my thoughts before Swissman.
The title basically says it all. Team Hovda’s goal in Swissman is clear as day. I am the race favorite, at least in my own head. While my start number (4), suggest that there are a couple of guys with a better chance of succeeding then me, but I am not in doubt. I am going to win.
Having confidence that you can reach your goal is a good thing. Arrogance, however is not. I did the Swissman 3 years ago, and it did not go very well. Some of my strongest competitors have performed great in the competition and even won it. They know the course as their own pocket. I barely remember anything from the course expect the breathtaking scenery and 8 km cobblestones roads up to San Gottardo.
Still I have a feeling and a confidence that I cannot be beaten, which in my case is very uncommon. I know that my lactate threshold is slightly increased from last year, and my endurance in the longer session have improved. Combined with a 3,5 kg fat loss, I cannot see how that not will be a success in the Swiss Alps.
If my (over)confidence will break me or not, will reveal itself shortly. Wish us good luck and a safe journey over the mountains. It is possible to follow the race live on suixtri/live. My amazing support crew will also do their best to update on my FB, Instagram and Twitter-account.