23 Sep 2013

Olympic Distance Maastricht

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Yesterday I did the OD triathlon in Maastricht. First thing we did when we got there was check out the bike course, lets just say that it wasn’t what I was expecting! One hill and the rest was descending or flat with a lot of sharp turns and we were going to have to do that 6 times. I had hoped for a pretty straight and flat coarse with some wind so I could maybe have an advantage on the bike since it was a non-drafting race.

After checking out the bike course we went to the swim start.

The water was pretty cold and we had to wait quite a while in the water before they let us start. The swim didn’t go well I came out of the water 4th and 3 min behind the first girl. Coach told me to see how my legs were feeling on the first climb so I wouldn’t explode right away. But that wasn’t really possible especially the last part of the hill you couldn’t bike up easy.. After about 3 laps my legs started feeling good. So I was able to bike up the hill faster and I started getting the hang of all the turns. After six laps I came into T2 3rd with my sister Jasmijn about 1.25 min ahead of me. After 2 laps Ferdinand told me I was catching up to her and during the 3rd lap I was able to pass her. Which got me a 2nd place behind Rachel Klamer.

So overall I was happy with my race and happy with my whole season now planning to build and see what will happen next season! Can’t wait :) 



Foto: INSPIRED BY WHY B.V. – John Baggen

Karlijn van der Burg

Karlijn van der Burg

I'm 20 years old I live in Holland and study physiotherapy in Utrecht. I have been a triathlete for the past 3 years. 

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