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JANUARI 2017
2017 started with a blast. I’m just so excited about all the fun adventures that 2017 is going to bring. I’m Happy to present my website in a new color set up, let’s start 2017 with a fresh updated website to begin with :-)! The new year couldn’t have started better then on my favorite island and that of course is Lanzarote. I can’t even remember how often I have been here, never does it disappoint me, I always feel good when I’m on this island and I have mentioned many times that I’m the opinion that Lanzarote is THE BEST place to prepare for the upcoming season. There’s no other place where you get as strong as here. Others have figured this out and that’s why half of the European Pro Triathletes are spending time here on this Spanish Triathlon Paradise. So much great facilities, lovely ocean water for some great ocean swims, beautiful trails and the roads get better every single year you come back.The last couple of years I have stayed with my friends at Trisports Lanzarote , it’s great to see how they have grown and improved there facilities every single year. I can’t remember that I have ever been on the island in January and not racing the Int. Duatlon at Club La Santa, a event that always attracts a strong field due to so many pro’s training on the island and especially with a lot of them having there base at the Club La Santa Complex.The conditions this year we’re easier then in previous editions, light wind, not hot, some improved roads made for fast times, I think I even put down a new course record, but haven’t checked this a 100%.The event, as always was well organized and a nice group of people that come to watch this fast furious race every year make a great atmosphere.I did feel some pressure as I have won 5 times from my 5 starts, it’s always a question if I can deliver again. But once a Duathlete, you will always be one and you don’t forget how to play this game :-)A race report can be found here when you want to know exactly how the race unfalted:http://triathlonworld.com/news/van-vlerken-takes-lanzarote-duathlon-140429 I have also posted many pictures of the race on both my Facebook pages, if you like. Thank you to Bob Foy for the great pictures as always!! So the new season is on her way and has started with some great training and this fun event. I’m getting ready for the first 2 big races of the year, Challenge Wanaka & Ironman New Zealand. We have a small week of training ahead of us here on Lanzarote before flying home and then heading over to the other side of the world, a little lay over in Dubai, which we will use for a solid “training/race day” and then 2 solid training weeks at our “Australian” Home before we jump over to beautiful New Zealand. I will keep you posted here, so do come back to hear more about all those big adventures on my path :-) 
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