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Ironman Hawaii, Kona, it’s the most important race, The mother of all triathlons. Last year, Bart’s Kona
was really a breakthrough even though he had been
top 10 multiple times before. I came out of the water quite far back,
40th position or something. And then he kept moving
his way up on the bike. And then I started running with
the champion from the year before. I felt really strong. Bart ran the perfect race. His best race ever! The course record, but I finished second. ON PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS in association with Levity Creative STORIED RUNS
SEASON 1 – EPISODE 3 IRONMIND As a kid, I was very active. We lived next to a forest
so I was always playing outdoors. When I was about 10 years old,
my father started running. I joined him for a few runs. And that’s how I got into running,
and I have enjoyed it since then. Luc Van Lierde was
a big inspiration for me. He was why I got into triathlon. He was sportsman of the year in Belgium, the first European to win Ironman Hawaii. And now I’m working with
Luc Van Lierde as a coach. I needed somebody with the experience
in Kona as an athlete and a coach. That’s what I found with Luc. When Bart came to me at the end of 17, I had to change the way
he was using his engine. We only have one engine so we need that
engine for the swim, the bike and the run. If we can fine-tune that engine,
then you can get good results. But the difference between a good athlete and a great athlete
is mostly the mental part. So if every factor comes
together on one day, you can do very nice things,
like winning Hawaii. NICE, FRANCE: 70.3 World Championships
Six weeks until Kona We’re in Nice. It’s the World Championship. It’s an important race. I think the biggest secret
for the mental preparation is: you need to be really hungry to race. You need to be mentally ready
to push yourself to get the focus right before race day. I learned from my mental coach
that willpower is kind of a battery. So it means that you don’t have to force
yourself the weeks before the race to do something that you don’t
feel comfortable doing. Save the willpower for race day. RACE DAY
70.3 World Championships It’s important for the athletes to know
what the other guys’ skillset is, but at the end of the day,
you’ve got to do your own race. And I think what separates Bart is not getting caught up in
what other people are doing. Watching Bart race,
he never makes a mistake. Everybody else’s playing checkers
out there, and he’s playing chess. Expectation is something that
you don’t want to have before a race. You need to be in the wondering state,
but not expect anything. If you have a good swim, you can
start wondering about the bike. And if you have a good bike
and a good swim, you can start to wonder about the run. But you should never expect something
from the next part of the race. So… …keep wondering. I’m a strong runner, I can always finish
the race with my favorite discipline, and often, with a very good feeling. You can only do two
Ironman races in the year, three 70.3 races. That means you have five days of glory, and the other 360 days are all about
working and making sacrifices. Sixth place for me today,
so I’m very happy with that, knowing that in the end,
my main goal is Ironman Hawaii, and that’s what I was
focused on in training. Hello.
– Hello. How are you?
– Good. How was school today? Good. For me, the biggest sacrifice that I have
to make is to be away from my family, and that’s the same for Bart. He’s away from his daughter a lot. Do you know what I did yesterday? A race?
– Yes And do you know if I did well or not? You were sixth. Yes, wow. Who told you that? Mommy! I was happy with it. You too? Yes. Bart being sixth here at
the World Championships 70.3, knowing that we are focusing
for Ironman in a few weeks’ time, that gives him the confidence
that he needs that we are on the right track. I just love the competition. I think that’s why
I really enjoy what I do. If you are an ambitious triathlete,
it’s always your goal first of all, to go to Kona,
and then to do well in Kona. Last year, I made the decision
not to risk everything during the run. This year, I know I can
finish on the podium. It’s the mindset, how you are
mentally prepared for the race, that’s going to make the difference. Follow Bart’s Storied Run journey
at on-running.com/bart

2 Comments

  • Peter Jaray

    This guy is a machine and his story is amazing. It's crazy though that he broke the 8 hour barrier in Kona last year and it's unfortunate that someone did it the same day and couple of minutes faster. He would have deserved to be the first.

    Bart, be the hungriest ever to race on Saturday and crush it!

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