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Challenge Roth Race Report

Op 17 juli 2016 stond de Challenge Roth met stip aangeduid op de kalender! Na de zeer moeizame Ironman van Zuid-Afrika in een 14u en 20 minuten was ik zeker gebrand om een heel pak beter te doen. 3 maand volledige focus later en 12 kg lichter stond ik om13770486_10154362168457743_136249803160333050_n06u35 ‘s ochtends aan de start van deze epische race. Vijf minuten voor mij was ene Jan Frodeno vertrokken. Hij ging proberen het wereldrecord de verbreken op de volledige afstand. Dit lukte hem ook in een 7u35 en een aantal luttele seconden. Hem bijhouden/inhalen zat dus niet in mijn raceplan.

Wat kan ik zeggen over deze wedstrijd zelf: Het is wel degelijk het Walhalla van de triatlon buiten Hawaii gerekend natuurlijk. De 13700232_10154362167827743_7874396143966186004_n
supporters en de sfeer zijn echt wel ZOT!!!  Het zwemmen verliep vrij soepel, ondanks een pijnlijke rechtervoet die ik niet deftig kon

gebruiken in de laatste 2km van het zwemmen (Voet omgeslagen in laatste intensieve training) kwam ik uit het water in 1u03. Op schema dus! Snelle wissel en naar het carbonnen ros lopen om een 180 km’kes af te werken. Samen met Koen afgesproken dat we niet boven de 230 Watt gingen gaan. Dat is niet altijd gelukt, het publiek + parcours lieten  me soms toch wat zweven en er waren toch wel stukken tussen waar  ik een 250+ watt trapte. Ik zorgde er dan wel voor dat ik iets meer recupereerde in de afdalingen en kwam uit op een Normalized Power van 230 watt! (Niets teveel, niets te weinig) Dit resulteerde dan in een 5u04m55s. 35,4 km/u gemiddeld. Dit had ik niet verwacht en was TOP. De moraal voor de afsluitende marathon was dus echt wel zeer hoog! Nog even vermelden: SOLAR HILL… KIPPENVEL!!

1 “Simpele” opdracht had ik van Koen gekregen voor de afsluitende marathon: LOPEN, BLIJVEN LOPEN. Na 4 eerdere mislukte 13680907_10154362168162743_7362254035521779575_npogingen om de marathon effectief te kunnen blijven lopen, is dit nu wel gelukt!! Na 42km te lopen aan exact 10km/u kwam ik over de streep met een eindtijd van 10u22min. Dit resultaat had ik niet meteen verwacht. Het verliep allemaal vrij vlot, geen last van de maag,
geen krampen in de benen… Het was bijna een perfecte wedstrijd. Misschien zat er wel nog wat meer in, indien ik wat meer risico zou gelegd hebben tussen km 20-30 in het lopen, maar dat was niet het doel van deze wedstrijd! Dat is voor volgend jaar… waar uiteraard de plannen al voor klaarliggen. Ironman Canada 2017 op 30 juli in Whistler. Ik wil wel nog even Koen bedanken die me echt super klaarmaakte voor deze wedstrijd, me de focus gaf om 12 kilo te vermageren op 3 maanden tijd zonder enig krachtverlies. 0,8Watt/kg winst zowaar. Het was een topwedstrijd en voorbereiding!!!

Ironman South Africa Part 3

So there once was Ironman South Africa 2106, what a race… This was by far my most memorable Ironman ever. The crowd, setting was just the best you can ever imagine. The race itself was not that good result wise… But I know a few reasons why not, main reason is lack of motivation a bit and also a huge factor were my working trips abroad… Restaurant here, restaurant there and suddenly the scale is at 90kg… Waaaay too much…

Although I suffered a lot during all 3 disciplines, this was just perfect!!! Beautiful swim, scenic bike, and a crazy South African atmosphere on the run!!!

Thanks!!! 2018 or 2019 I will be back here at South Africa!!! For a better result definitly!!!!

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Ironman South Africa Part 2

Here we are, 11 hours before race start! Just had my fantastic pre race day meal: pasta napolitana with some nice salty energy drink! The past 2-3 days were very good. Had some good rest, some nice little training sessions to keep the muscles focused! But the best part of all: the wind is getting a bit less heavy, which will be good for race day. On the other hand, it will be a lot lot lot hotter than the past days! No complaints, I will just give all I’ve got!

The goal is to be able to run the marathon for the full length. Finish time does not matter as long as I don’t walk! NO WALKING!!! Race starts at 06.45 local time and most likely, it will be almost dark when I will reach the finish line. Sun sets here at 18.00! So if it’s not dark! That’s perfect! U can follow me on ironmanlive.com with the race number 820!!!

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Now sleepy time! Alarm sets at 03.30!!!

NO WALKING NO WALKING

Ironman South Africa part 1

After a 24 hour trip from my home until the hotel here in Port Elizabeth seems quite a lot. Especially if the goal is just doing an Ironman over here on the other side of the world. However after being here for 2 days, I must say everything is perfect here. The people are very very friendly, the weather can be good (just had a very windy and rainy day, but it’s the only one for the full 9 days I’m here). The cost of living here in Port Elizabeth is pretty cheap! If I am comparing to the prices we pay in Europe when going to the Ironman in Nice or Mallorca, there is a huge difference. Not even taking Zurich into account. So people who are a bit held back concerning the cost of the flight being around 600-700 euros. Bear in mind, a cola in a very touristic place here costs 1 euro, a T-Bone steak with a drink costs a bit less then 10 euros.

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What about the Ironman? Well, you can really notice that the people here are looking forward to the race, welcoming everyone… They are proud the Ironman circus comes to this town, which is really nice and not always the case in every other venue! I have done also a small part of the bike course. First 22k of the course and back. Road surface is ok, not the best but hey… I’m from Belgium and those roads are a disaster. The thing that will hurt like hell is the wind, it’s like cycling in the northern part of Belgium or in Holland where the wind can just blow wherever it wants! Tailwind is nice… Speeding up without issues… But damn that headwind! It will be 90 easy pedalling on race day and then a 90k that feels like constantly climbing a mountain! Altough no complaining nor whining!! Such a beautiful view and surrounding during that full ride! It’s really amazing! You have to remind yourself to keep cycling and not just being the tourist and look around ;-)

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I want to thank the Solid team already and Koen my coach as well to prepare me to the best possibilities despite my heavy work trips to Qatar! Also the company that I work for as they helped me a lot getting here! On raceday I’ll also be the first one wearing the new racesuit of team SOLID!! maybe a small sneak peak during my next blog post :D

Sleep tight all!

Ironman World Championship

Hawaii, it’s the most beautiful place in the world… Especially this week, it’s RACE week there! Around 56 hours to go and the gun goes off! All the crazy twitter updates, new bike releases, underpants run pictures. Slowtitch.com, the babbitville channel on youtube is getting a lot of viewers these days.

Talking about the babbitville channel. I just adore it, the interviews are very cool! Especially the interview with Michelle Vesterby! She did it again, she made my day with that energy and smile on her face. I can still remember racing with her on my first half triathlon in Lanzarote. (Ocean Lava 2011) Passing her with the bike. I don’t believe that will happen again in the near future ;-)

What do I expect from race day in Hawaii?

Well, I think the pro men field is very stacked as well with an exciting race most likely for the women’s with an epic battle between Rinny and Ryf. For the men I believe it will not be that excited as Frodeno is in the shape of his life after the olympics in ’08. But let’s hope Marino, Freddy or Bart can give him a hard time and fly on the bike and the run!

At least here are my guesses on the podiums for saturday.

1. Jan Frodeno Daniela Ryf
2. Bink Marino Rinny Carfrae
3. Freddy Von Lierde Michelle Vesterby

The Year 2016 has taken form

Looking back to the past year gave me 2 conclusions. On the one hand, triathlon really needs a lot of dedication, when not training good and correct, your results will not be better than the year before! Consistent training is really really important. Due to several reasons, this was not possible for me this year. On the other hand, being able still to put on a PR on an Ironman (11 hours 40 minutes on the Ironman Mallorca) after such a bad training year and enjoying the race, made me realise: Triathlon is the most beautiful sport in the world. Last month gave me the strength, motivation I needed to get up again and to go for it every day!

Together with Koen of SOLID endurance, 2016 will be a kick ass year. 3 awesome races are on my to do list for 2016:

  • 10th of April: IRONMAN SOUTH AFRICA

  • 17th of July: CHALLENGE ROTH

  • 28th of August: IM 70.3 ZELL AM SEE

Some running races, cycling tours in between to train on every aspect. Another nice part is that I will restart building up my blog again with my training progress.

See ya laterz, and enjoy the following video of the first race where I will compete on 10th of April!!!