Lisa Tertsch ended her 2020 triathlon season on a high note. The Liv Racing triathlete, like her competitors, expected to be vying for a spot on the Olympic start line this year, instead she was forced to switch gears, but has been diving into each race fully committed to do her best. The ITU World Cup in Valencia, Spain was the last race of her short season.
The elite women lined up to start on Saturday, November 7 under heavy rain, making the 750m swim more challenging. Tertsch exited the water about 30 seconds back of the leaders. Jumping on her Liv Langma Advanced SL equipped with CADEX wheels, Tertsch wasted little time moving to the front of the pack as she stuck to the wheel of the powerful Nicola Spirig (Switzerland). Coming into T2, Tertsch had edged out Spirig and finished fastest on the bike by three seconds. When it came to the run, Beth Potter (Great Britain) surged past both Tertsch and Spirig to take control of the race. Tertsch found herself in a three-way sprint to the finish. Her determination to land on the podium gave her the edge, and she finished third.
“I am very happy to finish the season on such a high, it gives me lot of motivation for the upcoming year,” said Tertsch. “And I am proud with the way I executed the race on the day itself, I made good tactical decisions and was able to make the best out of my abilities. Even though I did not have a good swim, it showed me what I have work on for next year to become a better athlete.”
The result follows a series of successful races for Tertsch during the condensed triathlon season, beginning in August with a silver medal at the ETU European Cup in Olsztyn, Poland. She also achieved a 16th-place finish at the World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, blazing the run with the second-fastest split. The following weekend she powered to the line for a top-ten performance at the ITU World Cup in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic – her run split was the fastest by almost one minute.
Tertsch now turns her attention to her studies. The Harvard University student splits her time between training and earning a degree in economics. Learn more about Tertsch by listening to the latest episode of the World Triathlon Podcast.