Jan van der Meijs
How long have you been competing?
When I was 21 I participate my first triathlon ever, just to discover the sport. I heard many stories from my father-in-law who finished many different Ironmans. After this race the virus of the sport infected me as well. Two years ago I decided to become a member of the triathlon federation and the association TVS'90 in Spijkenisse. I still enjoy my trainings every single day.
Where do you call home?
For me home is a place where I feel comfortable and where I can relax. Home is a place where I can have good convesations and maybe more important a place with a good atmosphere. I live in Zuidland, a village near to Rotterdam. Another home for me is Rockanje, the village where my girlfriend lives together with her parents. Futhermore, TVS'90 is one big family as well.
Favorite event or place to practice?
There is no specific favourit. I love to be present at triathlon events. It is nice to see all the motivated atletes and mostly there is a good atmosphere. There races near to my home do have my preference just because of the extra support.
What do you like best about your sport?
I like all the aspects of my sport. I am free to go and train whenever and wherever I want to. Because I have 3 different kind of sport to practice, it makes it easier to do more trainings in one day.
Another part I like about triathlon is that whatever the finishtime is of an athlete, we have respect for everyone doesn't matter if it takes you 10 hours to finish a traithlon or 13 hours.
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you while doing your sport?
During a duathlon, my first run went quite well and I didn't give too much and then during the cycling part my legs literally felt powerless. I still tried to give it all. Unfortunately without luck, I had to quit the race after 40K with cramps in my legs. Two weeks later I had one of my best races ever during the Ironman Luxemburg 70.3.
What I would like to say with this is: listen to your body. Accept the bad days even if you really want to feel good and train hard. You have one body, be careful with it.
Do you have a claim to fame (fittest, fastest, funniest, smelliest, etc.)?
The diesel, it takes a bit before it takes off but once I am I can keep on going.
Do you promote an annual event or are you involved in a charitable cause?
I am involved in "Sporten voor Sophia". This is a charitable cause which raises money for Sophia children's hospital.
Any notable recent results?
I achieved the 3th place in my age group during the 70.3 Luxemburg which was the most heavy race for me. I won the triathlon 010 race in Rotterdam. And with my team we won the teamrelay race in Apeldoorn. Besides these highlights, I qualified myself for the World Championships in my hometown Rotterdam.
Anything else we should know about you or your sport?
Impossible is just a word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing. Muhammad Ali