Interview Michiel van der Plas – Viking Run 2018

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Name: Michiel van der Plas
Started at CrossFit Zeeburg: February 2017
Viking Run distance: 19 km 

How did you get in contact with CrossFit?
After living the developer lifestyle too long, meaning sitting on my ass all day behind a computer, it was time to start working out. I’ve always been a descent runner, but I wanted something more. After trying several gyms, I’ve never really had the motivation to go multiple times a week (or month, even). I wanted something more ‘extreme’ that wasn’t as repetitive as a normal gym.

I’ve always known about CrossFit, but thought it was not for me. However, after giving it a try at CrossFit Zeeburg I knew this was my type of sport. After the first couple of WOD’s I’ve always felt sick, because my body wasn’t used to this kind of intensity. Now, a year later, I still feel challenged by every WOD and I learn new skills every time I train.

Where does your motivation come from?
I was in need of sport as a counterbalance for the hours of sitting behind a desk. I like to be active, and look physically fit but I really don’t like the repetition of a workout in a normal gym. Seeing progress in the exercises I was able to do, my flexibility and stamina has been really motivating to go even more often.

Nutrition is an important but often overlooked aspect of training – What do you eat on an average day?
This answer will vary every time you ask me. Currently I eat oatmeal with some berries in the morning. Since I work freelance and often work on site, the lunch is whatever is offered. Sometimes this is a full vegan meal other times this means sandwiches with humus. I have the ‘rule’ of not eating meat when I cook myself so for dinner I like to cook a vegan/vegetarian dish I’ve found on YouTube, but I’ll be honest and admit that I often eat takeaway when in in a hurry (always). Eggplant burrito’s for the win!

The Iron Viking Run is described as “the most intense version of the marathon”, what aspect of the Run will be the biggest challenge for you?
I think it will be the combination of endurance and obstacles. I know I can run for 15km straight and I know I’ll manage most of the obstacles… but I think it is the combination that will be the toughest part. In the end it will come down to mindset and just finishing it, and with my awesome preparation I feel confident I’ll make it to the end.

How do you prepare specifically for the Iron Viking Run?
I’ve bruised a rib during a snowboarding trip, and haven’t fully recovered yet, so I watch a lot of videos of other people doing the Iron Viking Run. Looking at their technique helps me prepare for the challenge 😉

What is your favorite & least favorite exercise?
I really like pull ups. Mostly because it is something I wasn’t able to do when I first started and it shows the progression I’ve made.

The assault bike has got to be the worst, ahum, least favourite exercise. It really makes me feel like I don’t workout at all after 60 seconds on that thing.

Last question: What is your go-to junk meal?
Man, although I try to eat as little meat as possible, a good burger has to be my go-to junk food. But the burger has to be really good in order for me to eat meat. Luckily (or unfortunately) there are a lot of good burgers places around…


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