22nd overall for Tim in Ironman Maastricht!

IRONMAN Maastricht-Limburg today, the closest Ironman to Belgium. With Tim we had 1 athlete who registered for this Ironmanrace. And that, for his first ever Ironman!

Before the race tactics, as well as nutrition were spoken and he promissed to keep the right heart rates during the whole race. Tim has no powermeter, just legs, a bike and a heartrate monitor. But even with a powermeter….never put HR aside. Your heart tells you the right things…always. But you have to learn to listen to it properly.
Pacing was clear, on the flat and on the Limburg Hills.
With a 1h01 swim Tim had a slightly better swim than we expected. (IN May he came out of the water with Hans in Seneffe, so we knew he was capable of swimming around this level). But never swam so far during a race before.

Once on the bike, he directly looked at his own pace, despite getting tempted and frustrated by PACKS OF 20-30riders passing him and kept the words in mind to focus on his own race, not on the race of others. 2Motocycles he saw on 180K of racing on the bike… IRONMAN Maastricht-Limburg, get your work done properly please. Hearing such things sucks.

After 5h15′ of cycling on the hilly racecours of Maastricht he put down his bike and was ready to run. The purpose was to run off the bike fast, a thing our athletes are known for. Because without running fast of the bike…no wins!

Tim felt good, and relaxed when he came off the bike. Getting in his 4’20/km pace he never got in difficulties. The food plan was perfect, and nothings else than hunger towards the finishline. At 30km he came into the top 50 of the race. And as we spoke to not accelerate before that point he waited and had a good last hour of the race in his legs. Moving up from 48th to 22nd place overall in that last hour and running the 4th AG and 10th overall running split in 3h03′!
A great race for Tim, and he prooved patience and self-control means all during a long race! For sure the packs always bring up ‘some’ athletes in the fronts that don’t really belong there. But in the end…most of the athletes trying to follow packs above pacing strategy crash and burn in the end.

Tim was an athlete who came at first to our practice with the words : ” I can’t run a lot because I am very sensitive for injuries”.
My answer was clear (and maybe not what he wanted to hear): “You are sensitive for injuries, because you don’t run enough, we will run a lot more”#getstrong
And it took out well, not 1 single injury and a lot of running. Forrest Gump the next generation!
Super proud of this result and as I spoke him after the race he already drunk his first beer and was waiting for another. Is it a coincidence that our IM athletes appreciate a good beer after an IM…?


Tim wasn’t our only athlete going for the long distance today,
In Eupen (Belgium) the national championships triathlon were held! With Tony and Bene racing this toug

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Stunning race by Tim, finishing 22nd overall in Ironman Maastricht

h racecourse we had 2 athletes in the game.

Tony is in full preparation towards his first IM and with a good season so far we could be quite confidient in this championship.
We really have some tough weeks behind us, Tony’s workload is a real strength of him and he adapts well to it.

After a 321NP on the bike in search of others (with in front of him a group of 8athletes…) he was able to still move up during the run and run a 4’00/km pace on this very hilly racecourse!
A bit later Bene finished happy in 5h04 on this hilly course.
Judith got 2nd in the Half Irondistance relay. But relay has nothing to do with tri, it’s a prep. But a good prep 😉

Frankfurt is known for its Ironman race, but this weekend the Half Triathlon of Frankfurt was held. A good organisation http://www.frankfurt-city-triathlon.de/ and maybe nice to think about in future as midsummer possibility (not so many nice half distance triathlons in July/August).


321NP ~ 72kg for Tony in the national champs Half irondistance, solo pac-man ride chasing a group of 8 drafting eachother.

Georg (Ger/Bel) took his chance and went for his best ever half triathlon, with a good result in the end he finished sub 4h30 on this fast race course!

A fast day today,
and more fast weeks are coming!
Maybe we have the luck of qualifying an athlete for Kona ’18 already? Maybe…let’s see! Whatever comes out…it will be earned in style!
#jessevnsportscoaching #TSPB

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Fast race for Georg in Germany today!

Train Smart, perform better,

Magic May episode 3

May is hot, our athletes strong…and only getting stronger!

Today the European Championships were held in Sankt-Wendel (Germany), if you are a duathlete…you were there today? If not…be there next year!

The classic distance was chosen for these championships (10-60-10). And for Jan, Wim and Steve their first A-race of the season! Ambitions were simple for Jan and Wim, trying to aim for the AG podium. Steve was starting in the Open category and was curious to what’s possible….
Being a championship, the only importance to this race is where you end up in your category and try to aim for the best that’s possible…

Jan was hungry, he’s a young guy (AG35-39) and directly took the lead in his AG, Wim wasn’t so far behind and ran on 4th place in his AG. So both could get on the bike in the battle of the medals. On the bike they both could hold their pace and after first being passed and on 2nd position it was halfway the bikecours that Jan attacked and took the lead…to never give it back again! Wim first fell back to 6th, but than step by step moved up to 4th and both could put down their bike…for an exciting and tough run course.
Jan kept his first place and for the first time (after 4x AG world champion) he got himself that European Gold medal (better than that lousy silver we have here in the closet ;-))!


Jan ‘Gianni’ Meysmans after the 2016 AG world title, today he takes the 2017 AG European title! 

For Wim it became battletime, not the luxury of Jan with a 2′ advantage. But running down on number 3…taking 3rd place and in the end on a steep climb…’parcheggio’ and having to let go number 3. Wim was their for his first European Champs, his first full duathlon season (has been a runner) and we can say he won 4th and didn’t lose 3rd! Congratulations!


Wim came close to Jan at the beginning of Run2, but Wim had to let go the younger Belgian in search of his 1st place. Wim finally takes 4th.

In the open race Steve suffered, an underestimated run course but full of experience in trailrunning. And once he put down his bike he was able to get 3rd in the Open category!

3Participants on the Europeans duathlon…almost 3 medals…I can not say I’m not happy 😉 Great job to our duathletes. Duathlon is NOT dead, it’s alive…only NOT in Belgium 🙂
Next week National championships are held in The Netherlands…that’s like…weird?!?!

In Leuven then again the first Half Irondistance of the season in Belgium was planned,

for a couple of our athletes this race is the most important race of the season. As Leuven is their hometown. For our other athletes a first big test…leading up to more!

First real warm weather and a citycenter…not an easy combination for most athletes. But hey: IF u want to qualify for Kona, you must be capable to deal with the heat!
Our athletes all had a good swim, better than they had last year…the watertemperature might be the cause for that. And of course the fact that they were ready for it!

We had Bert coming into T1 first, followed by Tony and a bit later Sem, Peter and Wim!

Bert, alone in the chase of the leading pack…difficult to pace and nothing to aim for of course. But he managed a good cyclingpart and could start running 5th. Tony a bit later, ready to show the flexibility in his legs. Those 2 athletes were on for the top 10!


Tony pacing his race by HR and poweroutput, a steady bike-ride and coming off the bike with a fast run! 290NP is classy for a +-72kg athlete!

Triathlon is a mechanical sport, the gear has to be fitted all just right. For Wim in his ‘homerace’ this wasn’t the case…his frontderailleur fell down and he could spin himself to T2…bad luck. But nice not to give up and continue the race!


Wim had bad luck having some mechanical issues, but still managed his fastest racetime…

During the run Bert could hold his top10 spot despite stomach problems and had to fight it against some rockets with runningshoes on…Tony was one of them and just passed Bert in the last meters.
8th and 9th in the end which is great in this race! Our other athletes all finished a bit later and felt strong towards their full distance races coming up!


Tony with another fast run in Leuven and managing his first top 10 in this Half triathlon

These were not the only races our athletes got into the top10, Hans managed 8th in the 1/4 triathlon Seneffe and in Ghlin one of our comeback cyclists managed his 2nd top10 in a row…keen on more!

Magic May…isn’t over yet ;-)!




Not just an ordinary weekend!

Not an ordinary weekend past weekend, a few races planned…and this resulted in much more than ever expected!

It was yesterdaymorning Jan went to Holland for the Duathlon in Ter Idzard! A race which is dominated by wind and wind. 10-40-5 distances, so a high intensity race, with no time to waste from the beginning. Jan had a good period behind him with 3rd place in Hoorn (Netherlands) and a trainingcamp in the Italian mountains where he stays in his appartment on high altitude. The perfect recipe towards this race it seemed, with a nice win as a result!

In the afternoon Svenne was ready to race hard in Mariembourg (UCI1.18), a bike course which fitted his TT-qualities well. The only difficulty of course is to get rid of the peloton…Svenne isn’t someone with a hard sprint at the end and needs to get rid of his concurrents earlier by making the race as hard as possible. This time it worked!

Svenne wins his first road race of the season after multiple top10results!


Tough racecourse and the first win of the season for Svenne in Mariembourg!

The weekend only had begun, because today our athletes were race-ready in Germany, Spain, Canada and Belgium!

David was the one to get up first, start in Orihuela (Spain-70.3 Triathlon) was early at 8.30 am!
At the Costa Blanca the athletes had to swim a one way 1.9K distance in choppy water.

Knowing the pro field was quite high-level with for example the current ITU world champion Sylvain Sudrie (France) at the starting line.

A good swim for David made him mount the bike within touch of the concurrents in his AG (30th AG). On the bike the racecours was quite difficult with 1300D+ for 90km. David unleashes his legs and is capable of riding full of energy towards T2. With a 275NP he moves up quite a lot and puts down the bike…2nd AG and 22nd (Pro included).


Quite a tough bike course in Orihuela (Spain), perfect to get rid of the ‘legal-drafters’, David puts the bike in T2 2nd in his AG.

Time to run now and David manages well, with a 4’15/km in the first half of his race and 4’28/km in the 2nd half of his race he paces quite regular. As this race is being the first of his season we might say we didn’t miss the start of it!

Results Orihueal

The top5 of the race was amazing, with current ITU world champion Sudrie on 4!

Till the last 2K David is in battle for the 3rd spot in his AG but the other concurrents played smart and could take him back just before the finishline…David thought they had 1lap behind… A good lesson to keep racing till the end, if u need to run multiple loops on the run course.

Well done, Spanish bull!

Tovar finish

David didn’t miss his start and ends up 6th in his AG – 40th overall!

In Germany (Göttingen) Anthony was ready to ride the first race of the season for his German team. With already quite some top10, a win and Arden Challenge in his legs we knew he was ready to race hard in Göttingen. Anthony tried several times to get rid of the other riders and ended up in the main group. The last kilometers towards the finisline this group stayed together and sprinted for victory. Anthony got 5th and once again comes close to victory!


Anthony is in good shape these days, today again he gets 5th in Germany!

Our athletes weren’t only racing outside of Belgium. Also in Zaventem (Triathlon) and Spa (Offroad Triathlon) our athletes did well!

For Steven Spa meant his 3rd podium on 3 du/triathlons this season and astonishes himself! In the female race it’s Hannah who takes 2nd place, which must be a mental boost toward her first Ironman in August! On thursday she got some working points after her lactate test…and obviously she took this very well 😉

Later today our triathletes Tim and Allan both go succesfull in Zandvliet, Belgium (10miles) and Canada (8K) in runningraces! Allan currently is getting the one podium after the other…Tim is getting strong towards his first tri in Seneffe within 4weeks and wins the 10miles.


Tim averages 3’36/km in his 10miles and takes the win on this race with 50% offroad course.

This was not just a weekend, April is grand cru already…and isn’t done yet!