On April 21st I participated for the 2nd time to the Boston marathon. Initially I was going to pace my friend Ethan Michaels to a new PB 2h59 but unfortunately Ethan could not start the race. The event was magnificent as usual and I finished in 2h41’47” without digging too deep (despite hitting the deck pretty hard right after the start). Very happy with this result and a confirmation that the hard work with Roland at ESP and Ulli during yoga are a great addition to the workouts from coach Loic! Time to bike now!
3 weeks pass by so quickly when having a good time! In short: I won the amateur world title in Kona for the third consecutive time, had a new personal best, broke the course record and biked faster than I believed I was capable to. This really is the icing on the great cake 2013 already was before heading out to Kona! A recap follows soon, as well as some reflection on my prerace preparation and my future in triathlon. In the mean time there is always facebook
2 more weeks before another day of Ironman craziness in Kona 😉 I am already on the island to get used to the climate (although it has been quite rainy so far) and to push myself through the last bit of serious training. More blogging to follow!
The first weekend of each September, Gerardmer in France is the place to be for one of the best triathlon events in Europe. It is a wonderful and very challenging course with superb organization. As usual I participated in the half distance on Saturday which consists of a 1.9k swim in a beautiful lake, a 94k bike ride (including 1900m of climbing) and an almost 22k run around that same beautiful lake. This was a last test before Kona and I am happy with the outcome: agegroup win and 20th overall on a course that is not so well suited for heavy guys like me Lees meer
Lots of work, lots of travel and lots of training doesn’t leave that much time for blogging! Anyway, summer is almost over and it was a great season overall. First of all, I’d like to express lots of gratitude toward all people who have been very supportive this season: my girlfriend Karen, family, friends and gear and nutrition sponsors! The latter I will put in the spotlight during the weeks leading up to the important race this year. First a little recap! Lees meer
Kona is still 5 months away so to keep myself in shape in the meantime I have done a few little races while keeping training routine as consistent as possible. Weather in Europe has been very crappy so most workouts are done indoors. In that respect it is nice to do a race now and then to check whether my indoor feeling great during training also translates to outdoor speed. So far I can’t complain Lees meer
It started off as a wonderful day. The goal was pacing my friend Ethan to a 3h marathon and that went really well. We finished in 3h00’53”. The celebration of this accomplishment only lasted for a short time. A bomb went off about an hour after our finish right at the finish area. A location were families and volunteers are cheering for their loved ones. All my sympathy goes to everybody who is affected by this drama. This is beyond words…
2012 was a strange year in many ways. There were some ups and downs and I got injured a few times which normally never happens to me. But in the end things turned out great with a second AG title in Kona and more balance in my life in general. 2013 promises to be a ‘grand cru’ year. Training feels great and my life couldn’t be better. Lees meer
Sinds 2012 heb ik Rotor Q rings aan mijn wapen arsenaal toegevoegd. In het verleden had ik al eens met een ander type ovalen kettingblad geëxperimenteerd maar was toen niet overtuigd. We zijn echter enkele jaren verder en mijn fietstechniek is ondertussen grondig geëvolueerd door gebruik te maken van mijn andere favoriete trainingstool. Lees meer
Het was een lastige wedstrijd afgelopen zaterdag waarin vooral de wind het fietsen zwaar maakte. Na een zwemproef zoals ik verwacht had (1u12 – op ‘t gemak gezwommen want door mij te forceren ga ik toch niet harder) fietste ik van een 1046ste plaats naar een 56ste plaats. Ik had een aantal kleine tegenslagen tijdens het fietsen (linkerschoen kon niet toe, achterderailleur shifter weigerde soms dienst en een wesp vond mijn rechterdij wel een lekkere brok vlees om een stek in te geven) maar al bij al zullen die weinig invloed hebben gehad op het resultaat en behalve blijven trappen kan je toch niet veel doen