13 Aug 2013

European Championships 70.3 Wiesbaden

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After 2 weeks of training with Teamtbb in Leysin we headed off to Wiesbaden for the euro champs 70.3. I was really excited for this race but also very nervous. The bike loop was gonna be tough because it was going to be pretty hilly. Luckily we road a lot of hills in Leysin. Because I am not used to them as here in holland u can hardly find any.. 

Raceday: my start was at 7:35 right after the pro men and woman. While I was standing lined up waiting for their start I was wondering if that could be me in in a few years time? 

The swim went pretty well I felt good in the water and after a 1.9 k swim came out of the water with the first few woman. I had a good transition so was off on the bike in 3rd place. I took over the girls right away so was in first position for the first 20k. Until we started climbing. The other girls climbed so much faster then I did so lost quite a bit of places there. I thought the bike was really tough so was happy that after 90 k I could finally start the run. The run went pretty well. We had to do 4 loops through a park which was nice and a little hilly. i finished after 5hrs and 21 minutes. 

I am happy with my end result in my 3rd 70.3. 3rd in my age category (woman under 24) and 47th overall. 

Karlijn

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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