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LUC VAN LIERDE KEEPS ON COMING BACK

…Not only to Club La Santa, but also in the races he enters. Despite his relatively “old age”/long career in triathlon, he time after time manages to surprise everyone with his achievements, last with his great performance in the Ironman Lanzarote this year. Indeed, despite a stomach infection and serious dehydration, he managed to finish the Toughest Ironman in the World in second place.

Luc has been coming to Club La Santa to train for many years, and this week he is here as part of his third training session, which is the hardest and most demanding, towards the Ironman Hawaii in October.

He likes to train here in Lanzarote, because the climate and conditions makes him accommodate to the Hawaiian weather and also because he has to make at least a 20% bigger effort in the training here, compared to at home.

“The roads here are very variated, and the surroundings fantastic, which is the one of the reasons why I like it here. But another good thing, is the fact that I don’t depend so much on the weather for training outdoors, as I do at home.”

Luc’s training is around 30 hours a week, within a two weeks session, where he does 50% aqua jogging and 50 % off road. After a session he usually does a test race to see how his condition is, and subsequently he rests for a little, to let his body recover.

“As you get older, you actually have to train more to keep your body in shape, and therefore I try not to have to big gaps in between my races. When I have done an Ironman, it should not be more than a few weeks before entering another race, as I need to keep myself in motion.”

Unfortunately he has been having some stress injuries over the past year, and has therefore been careful about announcing his expectations for any finisher position in the competitions that he has entered. But he is in better shape this year than last year, so he is hoping for a finish within top five in Hawaii.

As he says- “there are a lot of good athletes in Hawaii, and many of them are young and in really good shape. But I hope that I can benefit from my experience in many years of triathlon, and thereby get an advantage.”

His main focus right now is his biking and of course the swim, which he likes to train here, as the conditions are optimum. Whereas running, is a more delicate matter these days (due to his stress injury) so he will leave that to train at home back in Belgium.

But hopefully he will be fightig fit or Hawaii, where we of course wish him all the best of luck!

– We may though get the pleasure of seeing him again for another training session before the race (in September), but it depends on the weather conditions in his home country.

Date Posted: 1st August 2007

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