Planning for 2018. Always a puzzle. I am not quite sure how my planning will look like for 2017-2018. But I can give you an overview of the races I have done in recent years. Especially than the offroad races. Sometimes with a special comment. Have fun reading.

 

Crosstriathlon Ameland, in 2018 the 17th edition of this magnificent event on one of the Wadden Islands in the Netherlands. Assemble your beach tires and prepare yourself for a rough sea, then this offroad triathlon will be the experience worth it www.triambla.nl   

Crosstriathlon Renkum, in 2017 the National Dutch Championships crosstriathlon. Unique to this event that you sail upstream with a boat. All jump off and start. The mountain bike trail has a long run on the road but also a challenging round in the forest. Running through the floodplains between the cows, horses, rabbits etc. What more could you want. https://www.rzcrenkum.com/triatlon/

Cross-duathlon Etten-Leur, this race is also very attractive for our southern neighbors. Etten-leur always has a lot of atmosphere with music, cozy atmosphere, many duo participants and tent where you can dress with heaters. http://www.crossduathlonetten-leur.nl/

Crossduathlon Waalwijk, just like cross-duathlon Norg is the transition zone in the dressage box. Brabant cosiness and a pretty fast track without real hills or difficult descents. Organized by The association Maresia TV de langstraat.

Cross duathlon Norg, GVAV is the unifying organization behind this event. I participated a few years ago. Meanwhile, the transition zone is in the indoor dressage arena and I do not really know much about this race. In February, GVAV prepares for the 20th edition http://www.gvavcrossrunbikerun.nl/

Crossduathlon Groesbeek, my first introduction to the off-road discipline of multisport. First participated in 2011. Heroic edition by wet snow on the motocross track in the Groesbeek forests is certainly a challenge. https://www.tvcerberus.nl/

Cross duathlon Ameland, this year organization in the hands of sports island, Casper van der Kamp. He wants to make it a real crossweekend. With organized trail exploration, pasta party and hope of passion for offroad multisports. http://crossduathlonameland.nl/

Cross duathlon Austerlitz, better known as the pyramid duathlon. In 2018 this organization may organize the Dutch Championship for the Dutch triathlon federation. When you ll finish you get a high five from napoleon bonaparte. Not the real one :P  http://pyramideduathlon.nl/

Crosstriathlon Akersloot, cracks through a cowshed and through the pasture, the cow shit flies around your ears. Is this what you want. Maybe not, but in addition, this village organizes a nice event because it is very clear for spectators. Eel is ready for the winner. http://www.triathlonakersloot.nl/

Xterra France, an offroad triathlon in the Vosges. The place is always been crazy with the weathercircumstances. Besides a beautiful lake for swimming this is an extra heavy race because of the many altitude. This race is in the top 10 of the races that you as a triathlete must have done once. Thats what the recent Global Triathlon Network research poll says. http://xterra-france.com/

Xterra Belgium, when sports and parties meet together. The reality is certainly true. The Belgians organize a fantastic cross triathlon with swimming in the river “Maas”. Mountain biking and trail running around the citadel. There are many vertical meters that have to be overcome to reach the finish. But after that. Then there is Belgian beer. And party. http://www.xterra-belgium.be/

Xterra Malta, a rugged off-road race for Dutch standards. Swimming in the bay, mountain biking along poppeye village, with a passage along strawberry fields. Running is steep and heavy. I would definitely recommend this event. http://www.maltaxterra.com/

Xterra Denmark, Mons Klint organized the European Championship Xterra in 2017. Running along the chalk cliffs is an experience in itself. The road to the transition zone is by a staircase with no less than 495 steps. What do you do with your wetsuit, take off at the bottom and put your shoes down or run barefoot? Denmark is very beautiful and definitely worth to travel to. http://xterranordic.com/en/

Crossduathlon Schleiden, part of the xterra germany tour. This duathlon is against a ridge in the eiffel. Beautiful wooded area with a lot of altitude. For a completle mudparty raceevent are shower facilities present. In addition, several-times German National Championship cross-duathlon has been organized. http://www.e-xd.de/

Crosstriathlon Vlaardingen, unfortunately this event is no longer existing. The last edition in 2016 was about a challenging mountain bike trail. Also swimming in the canal with a long run-up to the transition zone was fun for both spectators and participants.

Hopefully you enjoy the list of races. See you guys later on raceday 😊

After a succesvol season of triathlon races I feel happy and satisfied. Some special wins and offcourse also some downs. Anyway those downs keeping yourself motivated and fight harder in the next races. Now it is the time for offseason, or how triathletes are saying they take a “rest” period. Some other things beside sports. Tough period because what am I doing in this free time?  Because I can't loose the sport in my daily routine I am about to finish a study as a swimcoach/trainer.  With some lessons in class and now at the local triathlonclub in practise I am also developing. Beside this study, I am making a new race & trainingprogramm for winterseason 2017-2018. The winter is for me to keep my fitness level high and having fun. I do love to participate in crossduathlons as well. Next up will be the posbank crossduathlon Velp and the crossduathlon in Nijverdal. Still dreaming already about my next goal. To become national champ crossduathlon. What will be my road to this title ? What are some new challenges ? How do i stay fit ? How do I stay motivated? A lot of thoughts going through my mind. Offroadracing is what i do love the most. I want to be and beat the best.

See you out there. Always forward and live more.

Hamersman

In the beginning of the season together with my trainer i made a yearplan. Trainingblock, racingperiod and a second trainingblock for the second raceperiod of the season. When I reflect about the first part, I am very happy and satisfied. I had a few victories at races here in Holland and some very consistent results in races in Europe.

Now, after a month full of hard training I am ready for the second part of the season. The upcoming races will be the National Championships Crosstriathlon, the European Championship Xterra in Denmark and Triambla on Ameland. After those races I am not sure yet which races I will be in participate. I have a some plans in my mind to do some races to finish the season with in the end of September.

October will be a month with other activities and I will take some kind of rest to start fresh and injury free to build up again in November. With some plans in my mind I will work this out to be better next year.