May 2019
European & Dutch Champion Long Distance 2017 and worldrecord: 16 (Sixteen!) times Sub 9 hours
Beautiful Challenge Cancun versus Catastrophic Yvonne. My last words in the Newsletter before: “One thing is granted, I’m not going to freeze my butt of in Cancun..... :-)” These words we’re confirmed last weekend at the half distance Challenge Cancun, after my freezing Marathon, just two weeks before, I opened my Triathlon season with the Inaugural Challenge Cancun/ Mexico. As I have proofed every single season, my first race is normally not a very good one, but I thought that with this Marathon before, I would have got the cobweb’s out and I had a slight hope for a solid race. How wrong could I be..... Well very wrong...... So let’s just go back one step, first I had to get to this beautiful paradise, at check in I got the information that the flight was fully booked in Economy. So as many of your probably know, Triathlon is NOT soccer ( thank god it isn’t) and we do not earn the money they do. So I just flew Economy as we always do, but hey to get a upgrade for a bit more then 100,- Euro’s and for that have a whole row of 4 seats for my own...... That didn’t need another look to get my credit card out. So my trip over was lovely, I slept a big chunk of the flight and arrived very happy and excited to beautiful Mexico! The happy Yvonne stayed happy as a nice smiling Mexican Men was calling out my name at arrivals and took me strait to the Hotel, which made me even more happy. Challenge Family just take’s such good care of there athletes, doesn’t matter Amateur or Pro and this should be mentioned over and over again, big thumbs up to them! The race Hotel the Grand Park Royal Hotel Cancun was just amazing: When checking out this Hotel it will be clear that it was hard to not think you we’re here on a Holiday instead of “ here for work” :-) Still before a race you should not enjoy the beach to much, so most time was spend in my room working behind the laptop and just looking at the crystal clear blue water and white beach.
Photo credits: Jose Luis Hourcade