INTERVIEW – Marco Akershoek
My triathlon carreer started at the age of 7 in 2000. My first real race at the Ironkid race Almere, nowadays I still race the challenge family race there. After 2008 it became more serious because I entered the dutch team and many years later I am still loving it. For 20 years now.
My father did participate in 2 full distance triathlon in Almere and I was there as a little kid. So I basically did not knew any better. During the first years I was more foucussed on swim races (My father still does) but after 2008 the focus became triathlon
Fusion Team NL
Partly I make my own schedule but if I have any questions I speak with Eric van der Linden (Tritack). He is my former coach at the Dutch team and he brought me more into triathlon in 2008.
I would say swimming but cycling during summer through the hills is great. But the combination of all three makes it the best.
Netherlands, Limburg, Sittard
Swimming is just a normal pool and not a lot of lakes in the neigborhood so thats a pity. On the bike you can go ‘flat’ if I go to the north but you can also go throught the ‘famous’ hills of the Netherland. Valkenburg is a 20k ride so you can easily go there and make a loop with enough hills to prepare yourself for Mallorca. Running around sittard is not the best if I compare it to the place of my girlfriend. She lives more south and from her doorstep you can easy go into the gravelroads and the hills. So I try to run there when I can.
Around 20h a week but the last couple of years it is more difficult because I work 3 days a week. So it takes a lot of planning to do so. I go when I can My biggest week ever was 38h
If you feel the need for training then just go and accept it when you feel tired and don’t want to go. If you feel happy you will be good at the startline
I work 3 days a week and mainly I go by bike. It is 20k, so that make it 40k in total. On the other days I try to do train between 3-5h with mainly a swim early in the morning and after some sleep I run and end it with a bike ride in the afternoon.
Not specific, maybe my father when I was a kid.
Winning the age-group race for the second time
I really enjoy the island and its a perfect ending of the season with a little holiday afterwards
Just cruising around, laying on the beach after the race and enjoy the scenery.
For me the best Challenge race I raced. Especially how they communicate and all the extra’s you get around the race. The special prices for the age-groups, the bike protection bag and the scenery on the swim and bike. A very well organised race and they still want to improve themselves.
The ocean swim. you really go far in the wild sea and you can look very far down. Scary and awesome at the same time
|A reference (sportsperson, celebrity, team, etc.)||Your favourite food (and even better if you let us have the recipe!)||A book:|
|Matthieu van der Poel||After race burgers||Ventoux (Bert Wagendorp)|
|A film||A Series||The band or record which is an ABSOLUTE MUST in your PLAYLIST|
|The Italian job||The Blacklist||Steve Angelo|
|A place to live||A destination to visit||The song you would like to hear at the finishing line of CHMALLORCA2021|
|New Zeland||Australia||Use somebody – Kings of Leon|