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The Drama of Aix-en-Provence

A race that I had great expectations off, but that eventually turned out into a big dissapointment. Despite the great weather in France the days before the race, on the day itself it had completely shifted for cold. There was a strong and cold wind that made the hours before the racestart terrible.

 

At 6:30 I was waiting in transition when the speaker said the swim would be cancelled.

At 6:30 I was waiting in transition when the speaker said the swim would be cancelled. The organization was busy changes all plans around and athletes were impatiently waiting; which eventually turned out to be 2 hours of sitting and hanging around.

Instead of starting with a swim every pro would leave on the bike every 20 seconds. From the start on I have not seen a single person, it was a lonely ride. Uphill I fired to get my legs to warm up, then downhill I shivered and cramped from the cold wind against my legs.

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After 2015 there was 1 thing I didn’t want and that was to have another DNF behind my name.

On the last part of the bike I felt the energy run out and I tried not to think about the half marathon I still had to run. But of course I had to… I ran it… on my gums as we would say in Dutch. After 2015 there was 1 thing I didn’t want and that was to have another DNF behind my name.

That this race was no success is probably not even worth mentioning anymore, but to give you an idea… I finished as the 27th pro in 03:51:20 hours of pure pain. My disspointing result in this race is mainly I mainly blame on the fact I had no chance to get rid of strong people on my better discipline; swimming. Next to that, performing in the cold usually doesn’t really work for me. Hopefully the next races, Nieuwkoop and Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau I cán show what I’m worth.