The past couple of months have been crazy. A lot of ups and downs, but I found my way up recently! After catching Covid, I wasn't feeling myself. Had a hard time with my lungs and respiratory tract. After seeing a medical doctor a couple of times, we finally got our hand on it. Got the right medication and now I am fully back and hungry to race! Luckily I had a fully packed race schedule this year, so Ironman 70.3 Maastricht and Ironman 70.3 Duisburg came right on time.
What a crazy month it has been! From becoming World Champion Ironman in my Age Group to smashing my personal best at the European Championships Ironman in Hamburg. It was definitely not an easy month, but one I would never forget!
Home sweet home! The last three weeks have been a blast, including a lot of ups and downs. From catching Covid just 9 days before leaving to the Unites States, to a world champion Ironman in my age group. What an adventure it was. In this blog, I want to share my adventure with you.
Race day in one week
Season 2021 was about completing my first full distance triathlon. I had to change my plan multiple times. It started off with Ironman Hamburg which got postponed to September. September wasn’t an option as this would be the same time as the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. I chose the deferral option and postponed Ironman Hamburg to 2022 and had to look for a new full distance in 2021.
After winning Ironman 70.3 Maastricht, I knew that it would be really hard to do that again. Let's start with mentioning that I am (now) really happy with the result. Finishing second overall Women in Duisburg came unexpected. What a hard day, not because of the intensity, but due to the cold rainy conditions the whole day. And for people that know me well, they know that I perform better in hot air temperature conditions. I am the one who is always laying on the couch with a blanket when it is 25 degrees. But I also believe that racing in your least favourable conditions is absolutely valuable. I think Sunday brought me a few steps closer to becoming a better athlete. I now know that also with the worst conditions, I am able to perform good. That said, let's start with a short review about the race itself.