#35 Interview: Iron Woman Judy van den Ancker – Burnout: Balance your life!


Checking in with Judy van den Ancker

  • Former Triathlete and Ironman participant. Skydiver, former Coffee Shop owner, free spirited

2016 Achievements

  • Silver (2nd) AG 25-29 National Series
  • Silver (2nd) AG 25-29 National Championships
  • Gold (1st) Women’s Club National Championships-Piranha TC
  • Gold (1st) Mixed Team Club National Championships-Piranha TC
  • Silver (top 5%) AG 25-29 Ironman All Word Athlete 2016
  • 1st Female Country Position (Ireland) Ironman 2016
  • Qualify for ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Series, Rotterdam 2017

2016 Race Results

  • Ironman Barcelona – 11:24 hrs
  • Dublin City Triathlon – 2nd Female
  • Belfast Titanic Triathlon – 3rd Female
  • Ironman 70.3 Dublin – 5:10hrs – 5th AG
  • Hell of the West Triathlon – 2nd AG
  • Ironman 70.3 Mallorca – 5:39hrs -7th AG
  • North Tipperary Triathlon – 1st AG

We talk about:

  • how Judy and a group of friends registered for a triathlon due to the suicide of a close friend
  • how the sport helped her to relieve the grief and anger
  • how she got further hooked to the sport
  • Judy describes how her training further developed and how she got involved into the Triathlon Club
  • her progression in the sport and how she enjoyed the training and pushed herself
  • Judy describes how she overcame the grief thru the sport
  • what Judy helped to change the mindset when she realized her burnout
  • how the validation of other people became unimportant to her
  • sport becomes your identity