NEWS - 2013
First main goal of 2013: 2nd place in Ironman Lanzarote! - 20 May 2013
Saturday I was on the startline in IM Lanzarote for the fifth time in my
career. I fell in love with this island where I made already a lot of
training hours. The race is very special for me as well, despite of the
fact that it is one of the most challenging races in the circuit. So far I
finished three times and all of those finishes where on the podium: 1x
second and 2x a third place.
weeks before this years race I got an injury in my lower leg. The result
was that I didn’t run for 2 weeks and that I was uncertain if I could
finish the race. I decided to start and see if my leg would hold it to the
end. I made a summary what went through my mind on race day…
the start: “I’m nervous. Would my leg hold it to the end?”; It’s
going to be a nice day. Enjoy and smash it!”
the swim: “I don’t know if I want to do this race again. It’s a
washing machine, you can’t swim normally.”; After 300 m: “It’s not
as bad as I thought. And I’m swimming good, the water is flat and I’m
finding my rhythm.”; “Wow I can almost start the bike part, that seems
transition: “He, I don’t feel any pain in my leg!”; “Keep
calm…..” During the long run on the tarmac to the bike: “still no
the bike: “It’s raining. Be careful, the road is wet, don’t take any
risks.”; “I believe my legs are strong today.” After 80 km: “Yes,
that are already two fast ladies caught!”; “Ah, there is my training
buddy Hanneke, she is doing great! ”. Towards Mirador del Rio: “This
is the first time this happens, now already in second place!”; “Keep
pushing on the way back.”; “Why are they filming me so much? I’m
only second!”; “Almost done with the bike, I still feel fresh and
I’m looking forward to run a marathon.”; “Wow Kristen Moller has run
already 3 km and I still have to do transition, she is really strong
today! I guess a second place is the best I can get today because that
girl can smash it on the run! Unless she gave too much on the
the run: “The run feels good. Frequency and nutrition are key. And that
is strange, I still don’t feel my lower leg.”; “The run isn’t
flat!”; “Ouch my calves, that’s going to be a hard second part, but
keep running.”; “Only 10 km to go, the faster you run the shorter the
time to the finish line.”; “Number 3 is 6 minutes behind me, so if I
keep running like this then there is no panic.”; “It’s almost a home
race here with so many Dutch supporters and athletes.”; “This is like
a dream came true: finishing and as reward a second place.”
It was a great day. Finishing an Ironman always is a mental game, but the more you enjoy the race afterwards. The party went on when my good friend and Xendurance teammate Hanneke finished as agegrouper as 4th woman between the pros. And she qualified for Hawaii for the first time, well done!
5th place in Challenge Fuerteventura - 14 april 2013
In my races I distinguish between A, B and C races. The races I did so far this year, were all C races: not important but meant to get some race rythm. Yesterdays race, the half Challenge Fuerteventura, was a “B” race: not a peak race, but one where I started fully rested.
After 4 weeks of hard training on Lanzarote, I deserved a rest week. A week ago I came with the ferry from Lanzarote to Fuerteventura, only a 15 minutes trip. I’m staying with friends (Xendurance team-mate Hanneke de Boer and her husband Rob) in a small town Gran Tarajal, close to the famous resort Las Playitas. I enjoyed the week and at the end I was ready to race.
It was a beautiful day, yesterday. There was almost no wind, the temperature was perfect with 23 C and it was sunny. Before the race I gave myself three goals. I was not allowed to sport in my “comfort zone” all day, I wanted a faster overall time than last year (despite a 3 km longer bike course), and I wanted to finish top 5.
The pro start was 5 minutes before the age groupers. For me that meant that if I was unlucky I had to swim by my own. And that was exactly what happened. At the start I got a little bit dizzy, so it took me some seconds to get relaxed again. And that was the moment I missed some feet. Well not really a problem, but that takes you a little bit more energy. Once I was on the bike I felt good. Not as strong as I felt in some races before, but good enough. I had a fourth overall bike time. The run was steady, also an overall fourth place. And I finished in fifth, faster than last year. So I reached my goals :-) Although the first one is hard to check. I know one thing, and that is that I’m more the athlete for the full distance!
Now I have two easy days on Fuerte and then I will do three days with a lot of biking, since here I still have the chance to ride in the hills and wind in my preparation on May 18th, Ironman Lanzarote, which is an “A” race for me. I will leave the island and go home on Friday after 6 weeks Canarian islands! But I will be back in a little bit over 3 weeks!
Racing with a smashed body for the big goal - 1 april 2013
Do you know the feeling that you are mentally so tired from training that there is no drive left in the body to push the pedals? That you would like to throw your bike besides the road and lay down next to it? That you can’t imagine that you have to run 20 km? And the damn strong wind, please go away. I’m thinking I can not hold my bike anymore and I don’t have the time and the guts to drink! Well I had this feeling last weekend.
My training schedule told me that I had to do a race after 70 hours of training in 2 weeks. It was the Tri122 in Costa Teguise in Lanzarote: 2 km swim, 100km bike and 20 km run. It was meant to be a hard trainingsday! But I’m not sure if it was as hard as I was supposed to train. I didn’t have the spirit to push it really hard. I was just too tired. But recovery was fast, and the good thing about that was that I had a good trainingweek last week. I even did a training-ride with the double distance on the bike (210 Km) with almost the same power as during the race. That says it all :-) !
But I’m not complaining. I have the best job in the world. Staying six weeks at the Canarian Islands is a dream for a lot of people. I know that and I’m enjoying every minute of it. I’m doing this for one big goal on the 18th of May: Ironman Lanzarote. Living in villa Trisports where you are treated like a princess. Yesterday we did a swim video analysis and I learned again a lot from it. The only thing you have to do is follow your training schedule. Very simple. And in the meantime I trained already with amazing athletes which helped me to become stronger.
Within 2 weeks I will start in my first serious race of the season, the Half Challenge Fuerteventura. One week of hard training ahead and then follows a taper week (=rest)! I will have earned it by then :-)
Train, eat, train, eat, train, eat, sleap... - 15 march 2013
I’m back on the island of Lanzarote. After a month of training at home, I took the plane last weekend to Lanzarote. Just in time, because last week the weather was horrible back home. With a 25 m pool in front of my appartment I'm enjoying training in shorts en T-shirt. The good company of Gonny and Danne is very nice as well.
days pass by very fast. For example, yesterday was nineties day. We
started with a ninety minute run in the morning. After a good breakfast
containing of yoghurt, muesli and a banana and of course the Xendurance we
swam for ninety minutes. Also after this session we ate again, to have
enough energy to finish the day with a 90 km bike ride, which included the
beautiful Tabeyesco climb. Tired but happy we enjoyed our self made pasta
salad for dinner.
After a good night of sleep we started today with an intensive swim session. In the afternoon we had a brick session with hard blocks on the bike. The legs were kind of flat but by motivating each other it was a very good session. The day ended with one hour run of the bike in a nice pace. Refueling myself with a bottle of Xecute will help me recover from those days!
Lanzarote is a beautiful island and it makes you so strong! When you are reading this and you would like to train for a week with Easter on this island with me, don’t hesitate but book! I will be guiding you during a Pre-Ironman Camp from March 29th till April 5th and we will be staying in the beautiful villa of Trisports.
Plans for 2013! - 27 january 2013
At the moment the first month of 2013 has already past. Time to tell you about my plans for this new season. And they are great, even if I say it myself.
I have three main goals this year: IM Lanzarote, Challenge Roth and Challenge Almere-Amsterdam. After the stomach problems I had in Lanzarote last year I want to make a revanche. I have had Challenge Roth already a lot of years on my wish list and it is one of the races with the most spectators along the sideline. I will certainly enjoy this race and hope to make it a fast one, as the course is known to be fast! And now the Holland Triathlon has changed into a Challenge race, I will certainly be there to defend my title.
Besides these three full distance races, I will do also some “shorter” stuff. I will start my season in the Half Challenge on Fuerteventura. And of course I will be present during the half distance of Stein, my favorite race in the town I used to live for almost 10 years.
new this year is that I will start in a team in the dutch “Eredivisie”,
the major league of triathlon in The Netherlands. Our team consists of
ladies who are competing mainly on the long distance. We would like to
show that we are also able to sprint! It will be a great challenge, so
watch us this year!
this moment I’m on Lanzarote for two and a half weeks and I’m working
hard on my fitness. I’m riding my bike a lot and enjoy it every day. I’m
staying at a fantastic location at Trisports Lanzarote. A beautiful villa
with a 25 m pool. I would recommend it to everyone! The motto for this
camp is "smash it!". And I think I will keep it for the whole
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