20-year-old Anne Holm is one of Denmark’s most promising short-distance triathlete talents. Anne is Danish champion in the Sprint discipline, which consists of 750m swimming, 20km cycling and 5km running. A diametrical contrast to the hyped Ironman. In Sprint it’s all about raw power, speed and technique! And here Anne is a true Olympic gold hope for the future.
We met with Anne on the road for a Q&A session about the 2020 season, the Olympic games and training, a chilly and sunny January day on the roads near Kettinge in northern Zealand.
How was today's training?
“The ride today was both long and hard. 4 hours in total. It was 1 hour warm up, 30×1 minut hard/1 minut rest and then 2 hours cool down.
Who really likes the pain of hard sessions? Personally, I like when it’s done, knowing that I’ll be become a stronger rider.”
Where are your training right now?
“It’s basic winter training. Just a lot of mileage. My triathlon season doesn’t start untill may but I have The Eastern Danish Championship on long course coming up soon.”
How many hours of training do you clock this time a year? And how much when you top your training?
“I have the last couple of weeks had an average training load around 23 hours. Last week I had 26 hours in total.
It varies a lot how much I do of each discipline, but I do most of my training on the bike. I’m training every discipline more or less every day and then I also have several strength training sessions every week.”
What is your favorite training session on the bike at this time of year?
“At this time of year I really enjoy riding 2-3 hours easy, alone, listening to a podcast and then end the ride right around sunset.”
How do your spring plans look like?
“I’ve signed the contract with EJOT Buschhütten but I haven’t raced for them yet… but I’m looking forward to do so.
I think my first race is gonna be an Italian Grand Prix in Milan for my Italian team ‘Cus Propatria Triathlon Milano’.
I doesn’t got a major race in sight, but my goal is to do well in all my races. I got a German and an Italian team but I also have a French and a Spanish team, so there’s gonna be a lot of races in 2020.”
Is Tokyo 2020 in sight?
“The chances of going to the Olympics are unfortunately very small in 2020. We were trying to qualify as a team but due some external circumstances it’s become almost impossible. But my ambitions are high, and I’ll keep fighting for qualifying – if not for Tokyo, then for Paris in 2024.”