Ironman 70.3 Ecuador. It was a race that had been in my mind for such a long time. After putting in a hard block of training in Boulder I had high expectations for this race. I really wanted to go podium and get a slot for the world championships in South Africa in 2018. I was feeling very good coming into the race and was ready to enjoy myself on the course in what is by far the ‘craziest’ race I’m doing this year. Ecuador is a beautiful country and the people are super nice. In Manta, where the race is held, the Ironman really is the event of the year and tens of thousands of people were expected around the course on race day.
En daar zijn we dan. Bij Ironman 70.3 nummer 5 van onze reis! Hello Durban South Africa! Kan iemand even wat aan die tijd, die zo snel gaat, doen?
Kel’s fiets- en rentasje hangen inmiddels netjes op hun haakje en de fiets staat in het rek. Bring it on! Voor iedereen die zich afvraagt hoe zo’n Ironman in Afrika dan precies gaat, hebben wij wat ‘eerste indrukken’.
Ever since my second place (AG) in Ironman 70.3 Thailand I had my eyes on Ironman 70.3 Barcelona. As I wrote earlier, Ironman Geelong and Florida were races I was trying just to have fun, but Barcelona was different. With a solid block of over 4 weeks of training planned in Girona I was really hoping to go fast here, and I had all sorts of expectations in my mind in terms of time and ranking.