What I learned about racing, ironman, and Belgian cycling
Monday, May 9, 2011
Wouter Weylandt R.I.P.
Today we heard the tragic news that Wouter Weylandt of the Leopard-Trek team died while descending in the Giro d'Italia. The rider hit a low wall and fell breaking his skull in the process. Wouter Weylandt was 26 years old.
I am in active endurance racing, both running and cycling. I am a USAC Level 2 power-certified coach.
My athletic "career" started late, and first I took up cycling. Later I switched to running because of time constraints and job demands. After another break I finally got "serious" about 7 years ago. I started competing in endurance triathlons and managed to improve continuously. I finished several endurance events including 11 iron distance races. I qualified for and ran the Boston marathon three times. Three times I missed a Hawaii Ironman slot by a narrow margin.