Welcome to my story, my dream and my life!
My name is Kyra Meulenberg, addicted to numbers and a passioned triathlete!
I am on a mission to become the best triathlete I can and to inspire others to follow their dreams even when they seem impossible.
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How my triathlon addiction got real!
For those who don't know me, I am a 27 year old Dutch triathlete. I grew up in Geleen, a small city in the southern part of the Netherlands. From my childhood onwards, I have always been into sports. I started doing Judo at age 4 and got into gymnastics at age 12.
When I was 18 years old, I started studying economics at Utrecht University. At that moment, I decided to quit gymnastics and began running every now and then. It started off just for fun to keep up my shape while living the student life. At first, I was running up to 30 minutes and I wasn't able to understand the joy of running. After two years, I got addicted and the runners high got me! In 2014, I went on an exchange abroad to the University of California, Santa Barbara.
During this period, running became even more fun with the sun always shining and the beach located across the street. Me and my friends decided to sign up for Santa Barbara Half Marathon. From the finish line onwards, my love for long distance running became real! As competitive as I am, I wanted to run a marathon the year after. In 2015, I finished my first marathon, the Amsterdam Marathon in 3:42. Next, I ran a PR of 3:09 at the Rotterdam Marathon in 2017! After that, my marathon addiction became real and a sub-3h marathon made it to my bucketlist. However, my running career was not only about successes. Injury after injury, mainly caused by my competitive mindset and allergic reaction towards rest and recovery, running became less fun to me.
In January 2018, I decided to turn my running career into a triathlon career. Why focus on one sport, if you can also do three?! I started off by signing up for a swimming class. Most of my friends and family thought that I was kidding, since I have been a bad swimmer since I was little. They told me that I would never be able to swim 2k without breaks. To be honest, it was quite a difficult time for me. Swimming was even harder than I expected. I started to swim 2-3 times in addition to my swim class because I certainly was not going to give up. April 2018, I was finally able to swim 2k without dying! I think it took me 50 minutes, but I made it anyway.
Well, that made me ready for my next step towards my goal to become a real triathlete: buying a bike. This brought me to my next challenge as well: cycling with click pedals. As clumsy as I am, I wasn't able to make it home during the first rides without scrapes. Luckily it wasn't as hard as learning how to swim. After a few rides, I was able to ride safely! That said, I realized I was ready for some serious business. I signed up for my first race in september 2018: Ironman 70.3 Zell am See. For those people who know me, I always love to set big goals. Therefore, starting of with a sprint triathlon was too normal for me. However, after signing up, I realized that I was a nooby in triathlon. Knowing myself, I also decided to go for a coach to get me as ready as possible for my first half (!) triathlon in Austria.
After some research, I contacted Lionel Wille (Ferrum Endurance Coaching) and asked him to be my coach. From that moment, Lionel made my training schedules and the only thing I had to do was following the plan. That sounds easy right?! For someone as stubborn as I am, that became one of the biggest challenges I had during my road to become a triathlete. I was used to do whatever I felt like doing. It took some time for me to realize that a coach really wants you to become the best and that his plans follow a certain strategy. With some ups and downs I made it through the training plan, ready to become a triathlete!
Lionel learned me the basics of triathlon. Following his advice, I signed up for a super sprint triathlon and an olympic distance triathlon in June 2018 as training for Ironman 70.3 Zell am See. I finished second in my age group in both races which felt awesome as a newbie triathlete! After that, triathlon became my new addiction and my love for running had to be shared with swimming and cycling.
During 2021, hard work really paid of reflected by my first overall win at Ironman 70.3 Maastricht and second place at Ironman 70.3 Duisburg. Now I am hungry for more and I keep putting in the hard work for my first full distance the 16th of October at Ironman Mallorca.
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