Last One

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I’m a little late – I think pretty much everyone knows by now – but a week ago, I heard that I got the 8th  place in the World Championship! I’m really happy with that, it’s top 10! Before I went to Orlando – and while I was there – I secretly hoped that I would be able to end up in the top 10, but it’s amazing that it actually happened!

Now that we know this, I think this means the end of this blog. Everything is getting back to normal and nothing worth blogging about is going on right now. Maybe I’ll continue blogging eventually, I could change this blog a little and write about things I find interesting, but I don’t know yet. I’ll see and I’ll let you know if I’m really going to continue writing. 😉

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Home sweet home

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The last few days have been crazy. I haven’t posted since Monday evening, but that’s because I didn’t really have any time. So now that I’m back home, I thought that it would be good to update you all on what has been going on in the past few days.

Tuesday we went to Disney. It was very busy, but so amazing. I love Disney so much and it was so great to be there. I’ve had so much fun all day and we’ve seen and done some pretty amazing things. Especially the parade and the fireworks in the end were so cool!

And then, on Wednesday it was – finally – time for the Award Ceremony. After some great inspirational speeches from important people, all students had to line up. We all had to go up on stage – one by one – and then we had to say our name and country. After that we got our participation certificate, we had to smile nicely for a picture and then we could go back to our seats.

When everyone was back in their seats, it was time to give out the awards. Even though I didn’t expect to win something, I got a little nervous by then. Especially when I realized that Excel 2013 (my catagory) was the last one. So I just had to wait. And clap every time a winner was announced. After all the waiting and the clapping, I was glad that it was time for Excel 2013. I didn’t win anything, but that’s okay. This week has been so amazing and it’s something I won’t ever forget. In this case, being there was so much more important than winning!

After the Ceremony, we gathered our stuff and then we went to the airport. There we found out that our flight from Orlando to Atlanta was delayed, and because of that we would miss our flight from Atlanta to Amsterdam. So that was bad.

Luckily, Ymke managed to get us on stand-by for an earlier flight from Orlando to Atlanta. We ate something and when we went to the gate, they had some seats left and we could get on the flight. So we got to Atlanta in time, and we even had some spare time to eat something.

The flight from Atlanta to Amsterdam was fine. It was a long flight and I did not sleep at all, so I’m not too happy with that, but we arrived safely in Amsterdam. From there, everything went very quickly; we got our suitcases and then we could finally see our families again! With seeing our families, the time to say goodbye to each other also arrived. That was pretty strange. After spending a week like this together, it’s weird that we are all in different places doing different things right now. I’ve had a great week with you all, thank you so much!

Pretty soon after saying goodbye, I was in the car with my father, on our way back home. I’ve had an amazing week, but it’s also good to be home again. I’m (a little) tired and by now I’ve been awake for 32.5 hours and I’m going to sleep.

A big thank you to everyone who has been reading this blog. And thank you so, so much for supporting me during this week. It was so great to see all of your nice messages and read your encouraging words, I really loved that.

byebye!

PS: if I ever find out whether I ended up in the top 10, I will let you know 🙂

Waiting for the test

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Today was the day I had to take the test. The real reason we are here. It kind of slipped my mind after all the nice things in the last few days, but it had to be done. As I said yesterday, I was in the fourth group, at 14.30 local time. So this morning, I was pretty relaxed. I had a lot of time left before I had to do the test and there was no reason to be nervous yet.

After breakfast, we had the real opening of the event. With a very cool lasershow and some guys dressed up as astronauts, it was a great start. Then a few important men had things to say, but it didn’t take too long. At 9.23 we were allowed to leave, and then the waiting started. Tijmen was in the second group, at 11.30 and I had to wait 3 hours longer, until 14.30.

We watched a little bit of the Olympic Games. (Rowing; the Dutch men didn’t qualify and it was kind of disappointing.) Around 10.50 we went back downstairs, because Tijmens time was coming close. However, at 11.30 nothing had happened yet. We were told that they had a little delay and in around 10 minutes, test would start. Well, that didn’t happen.

At 12.00 we were still waiting and it made me really nervous to be honest. At 12.30, Tijmens group finally started, so I knew that they were running an hour behind on their schedule, so I wouldn’t have to do my test until 15.30. We had lunch and then we waited for Tijmen to finish. After that we watched some more of the Olympics, while waiting. When we went down again around 15.00, it turned out that there were 15 minutes of delay. Instead of the original 14.30, I would now start at 15.45.

At 15.30 we were all ready, waiting in front of the testing room. Nothing happened and we knew they would be delayed even further. Around 16.15, I was pretty done with all the waiting. It had been almost 7 hours and I just wanted to get it over with. I wasn’t really nervous, I just didn’t want to wait any longer.

Then, around 16.30, we had to line up to go into the room. And then, finally, I could sit down behind a computer and do my thing. I had to recreate an Excel workbook, but I got pretty good instructions and nice printscreens of how my workbook should look at the end. I was a little nervous when I started, but I quickly realized that it wasn’t as hard as I had feared.

All in all, I think I did pretty well. I finished with 7 minutes left (so it took me about 43 minutes), but I was actually one of the first people in my group to finish. I’m really happy, I did what I could and it’s so amazing to be able to compete here!

When I was finally done, we went to a shopping outlet nearby. I bought souvenirs voor Minke and Jochem (are you two happy?), and a little bracelet for myself. We also had dinner there and after the boys did some more shopping, we went home. Tomorrow will be a busy day; after a couple of presentations in the morning we will be going to Disney, I’m looking forward to that!

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Alligators & Apollos

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By now, the first two days in Orlando are over already. We’ve done some pretty cool stuff, which I’ll tell you about later. By the way, I wanted to post a blog last night, but I was really tired and I thought sleeping was just a little more important than writing on here. (I’m sorry ;p)

Anyway, yesterday we went to Gatorland. And yeah, as the name already suggests, it’s a park full of alligators. I loved it, it was really cool! Alligators are pretty scary things, but it’s so cool to see these really ancient animals. And the thought that they live here in Florida added something to the experience. Honestly such a strange thought that these animals live in the wild here. (I saw one today! We were driving back to the hotel and I saw one in the water next to the road!!)

Today we went to the Kennedy Space Center. From there, the Apollo missions were launched. We went on a bus tour and we saw the sites where these spacecrafts were launched into space. The most famous Apollo is – of course – Apollo 11; the Apollo that made the very first moon landing in 1969. So we saw the place from where the first man who ever stood on the moon departed. I thought that was pretty cool.

Besides doing these trips, we also have a lot of free time. I’ve seen quite a bit of the Olympic Games, although we missed the first Dutch gold medal this afternoon. I’ve also missed all of the field hockey games, but that’s partly because they don’t show them on the TV here. Unless the US is involved, they don’t really care about it. That’s a little unfortunate, but I’ve seen some nice things, so it’s okay.

This afternoon, when we came back form the Kennedy Space Center, the first ‘preparations’ for the World Championship started. After the nice days we had, it almost felt like a holiday, but we’re really here for the Championship. We registered and then we did a quick keyboard check. It is not much, but it made me remember that I have to compete tomorrow and the nerves are slowly creeping up now.

Tomorrow is ‘the big day’ and I’m actually looking forward to it. I’m nervous, but it’s an amazing experience and I’m so grateful that I get to be here. Tomorrow, I have to do the test at 14.30, so I’ll have to wait for quite some time. I don’t like that very much, because I will probably get a little nervous, but I’ll be okay. It’s a nice challenge and it’s something I haven’t done before and I really like that!

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IJsselstein -> Orlando

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Warning: I’ve been awake for waaaaay too long (I’ll tell you how long somewhere else in this blog) and I may not always make sense. I probably won’t make any sense at all, but it’s 21.44 right now (3.44 in the Netherlands), as I’m starting this blog. I’m writing this blog right now because my goal was to stay up until 22.00 (4.00 in the Netherlands), in attempt to get in some sort of ‘normal’ rhythm for the next few days.

Anyway. Today started very, very, very early. My alarm was set for 5.45 which still sounds really cruel. However, I woke up at 5.11. At first I thought that I could sleep for 34 more minutes but that didn’t really work out. So that was an amazing* start of my day (*sarcasm).

Now, I could bore you with details of the flights but that is not that interesting. We had two good flights, so that was nice. No strange things happened, nothing was delayed, everything went great. The only little inconvenience was that I wasn’t able to sleep.. Instead I watched a lot of movies. (5 in total; Papertowns, the Notebook, Sisters, Zootopia and How to be Single.)

Finally, we arrived at the hotel. By then I had been feeling like a zombie for a while. I honestly feel like I’ve been half-sleeping for quite some hours now. But that’s okay. We had dinner – I mean; everyone else had dinner but I didn’t feel like it. (because of the time difference it felt like 1.00 so…) – and then we went back to our rooms.

For the last hour, I’ve had the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games on as a background noise, I’ve been in contact with Jochem, who was watching the Opening Ceremony and I’ve been in contact with Harry, who wanted to know about the palm trees. And now I’m writing this.


It’s a few minutes later now, I’ve brushed my teeth and reread this blog. It’s 22.11 by now, which means I’ve been awake for exactly 23 hours. That’s an insanely long time!! I haven’t changed the time on my laptop yet, and that little clock is telling me that it’s 4.11. That’s pretty confusing and exhausting, in my opinion. Well, I’m going to sleep now, FINALLY!

I guess pretty much everyone is reading this in the morning, so goodmorning to you all!

byebye!

Ready!

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Tomorrow it’s – finally – going to happen! Tomorrow I’ll fly to Orlando! I’m looking forward to it; my suitcase is pretty much packed and I’m totally ready. So, I thought that it would be nice to post one last blog before I go. Strange idea; the next blog I’m going to post will be written in Orlando. I like it.

Last week has been great with Harry. We went to the beach on Saturday, we built some IKEA things on Sunday and on Monday we went shopping and we ate sushi. Tuesday Ruth slept over (we watched some reaaaaaally terrible movies ;p). On Wednesday Harry and I had dinner with my grandparents, because they wanted to see me before I left. And today I packed and we did some small things that needed to be done here. So..

Oh wait, I kind of almost forgot; 7DAYS interviewed me on Tuesday! (For the people who don’t know; 7DAYS is a newspaper for teens.) That was pretty cool, but the coolest thing – I thought – was that they sent a photographer here because they needed pictures to accompany the article. That was something that hadn’t happened before, so that was a nice new experience!

So, anyway, tomorrow I’m going to Orlando for the World Championship. It still feels like some kind of dream, if I’m honest. I’m looking forward to it and I’m not in any way nervous (yet?). So that’s good. I don’t think I’m going to be very nervous. At the National Championship I knew that I could win and now I don’t really believe that. So I’m just going to have a lot of fun!

While I’m in Orlando, I’m going to try to post a blog every day. Due to the time difference, I will post them when it’s very late in the Netherlands (or very early, depending on how you look at it). Anyway, I’m going to try to keep blogging, but I can’t promise anything. 🙂

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One week to go

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Yep, it’s absolutely true what the title of this post tells you. In just one week I’ll be on a plane to Orlando. That’s a very strange thought, it’s suddenly coming so close. But I’m looking forward to it, it’s going to be an incredible experience, that’s something I know for sure.

The past few weeks you haven’t seen any new posts on this blog. That is honestly just because nothing really happened in those few weeks. I’ve been on holiday in Austria, which was very nice and I could have written about that, but that doesn’t fit with the content of this blog. (Now that I’ve mentioned Austria, I just want to say that we have seen snow and that was really awesome!) But now that the World Championship coming so close, I thought the timing was right to start writing again.

At this moment, I’m home with my aunt; Harry. (Her ‘real’ name is Mariëtte, but I’ve called her Harry since I can remember and I’m going to keep doing that, even on here.) She is home with me because both of my parents are away on holiday. My dad is in Greece, and my mom is in the Czech Republic with Minke and Jochem. It’s very weird that they are all on a holiday and I’m still here, but it’s okay. I miss them, but I’ll see them again in two weeks, and in the meantime we’ll all have fun.

In one week I’ll be on a plane to Orlando. It’s crazy. It’s so soon. I’ve been thinking about it since I won the national championship in June, but now it’s actually coming close and I like that. I’m not nervous and I’m pretty sure I won’t be. I am so happy that I am able to do this, the result won’t really matter to me this time.

Lately, quite some people have been asking me whether I have been practicing for the World Championship. I haven’t and I’m not going to. My goal for this year was reaching the national championship and when I managed that, I thought it would be nice to win, because I always want to win. Except for this time. I don’t want to put any pressure on myself, I just want to enjoy my time in Orlando. Of course I’m going to try my best, but winning is not the point anymore. And besides that, it’s just not realistic, considering the competition.

However, it’s way too early to even think about that. The upcoming week I’m going to have fun with Harry. That’s it. I’ll also try to post another blog sometime next week, probably around Wednesday or Thurday because then everything is coming closer and maybe I can write something more interesting that this.

Byebye!

Back to normal

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As you can see in the title of this blog (and in this first sentence), I’ve finally made my decision; I’m going to continue blogging in English. (I’m sorry Jochem!) I thought blogging in English would be more suitable, considering the World Championship is an international event. The last time I posted on here was just 4 days after I won the Dutch national championship. Today, it’s two weeks since that important day, and everything has finally calmed down a little.

After my last post, my little interview appeared in ‘het Utrechts Nieuwsblad’, that was pretty cool! I was in an official newspaper, it’s still a crazy thought to be honest. And it only got cooler; in the afternoon I got a call from a very nice lady from 3fm! She asked me if I would like to be interviewed on the radio, later that day. Of course I said yes! But, unfortunately, when it was time, I wasn’t called. She explained to me through Whatsapp that they didn’t have time, but maybe the day after it could happen.

Luckily, I didn’t have to wait that long! Around 19.00 they called me again and asked if I still wanted to. (yes, of course!) So, 15 minutes later I was live on the radio! That was honestly one of the coolest things I have ever done! Multiple people recorded it for me, so I’ve heard it a couple of times by now. It’s weird to hear myself, but it’s definitely something I’ll remember forever!

After my 3fm radio interview, nothing special happened for a few days. That was fine with me too, I think I’ve had enough attention for the rest of my life ;)! Occasionally a few people congratulate me, but it’s gotten less. Oh, I almost forgot! Yesterday we got the local newspaper, I did a small interview with them on the 4th of June, but it didn’t appear until yesterday. Another article I can pin up in my room. It’s still crazy, how much attention I’ve gotten. I don’t think I’ll ever get over that, I absolutely did not realize that this could happen when I started the Microsoft IT Academy at school.

Anyway, things have finally gone back to normal. Only now I have this huge trophy in my room and I can call myself the Dutch champion. Besides that, nothing has changed. I still have to prepare for the testweek that’s coming up next week, unfortunately. But I’ll get through it, and then I can focus on the World Championship 🙂 it’s just a little more than 7 weeks away!

I’ll post again if anything interesting happens. I know that this post doesn’t fully qualify as interesting, but I realized I hadn’t posted about the 3fm interview yet and I had to tell you all I made the decision to blog in English. So, I guess that’s it for now.

 

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PS: I did a lot more than ‘just’ the crazy national championship preparing this year in the Microsoft IT Academy at school. Yesterday was the night all students got their certificates, I had a good time there! More talking about the national (& world) championship, but I also got my certificates for Excel Expert, Word Expert, Access, Outlook and OneNote (and the Master certificate I earned after I passed Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Excel Expert)! I’m really proud of those certificates too, so even though they have nothing to do with everything else on this blog, I just wanted to talk about them for a little bit 🙂  (And I’m also proud of all the other people who managed to get certificates this year! Yay us!)

Chaos

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Het is inmiddels 4 dagen geleden dat het ik het NK won. Veel mensen hebben me in die tijd gefeliciteerd, met daarna vaak dezelfde vraag; ‘hoe was het?’ Mijn antwoord daarop is meestal ‘chaos, maar wel ontzettend leuk.’ Want dat was wat het was. Hetzelfde kan trouwens ook gezegd worden over de afgelopen 4 dagen.

Het klinkt nog steeds heel erg raar. Ik ben Nederlands kampioen. Echt bizar. Het zijn ook 4 best wel bizarre dagen geweest, ik denk niet dat ik ooit zo veel mensen heb gesproken in 4 dagen tijd. Echt ongelofelijk hoe veel mensen me hebben gefeliciteerd. (Wel heel erg leuk natuurlijk!)

Vrijdag begonnen alle felicitaties al, maar toen via social media. Dat had ik op zich wel verwacht toen ik won. Ik had niet helemaal verwacht dat zo veel mensen het gelezen hadden en ook nog geïnteresseerd zouden zijn toen ik zaterdag de hockeyclub op liep. Ik denk niet dat ik ooit zo populair ben geweest. Ik heb zo veel mensen gesproken, zelfs mensen die ik niet eens ken. Er zijn veel mensen die de Facebook-berichten van mijn ouders hebben gelezen die ik niet eens ken. Gewoon lief lachen en ‘dankjewel’ zeggen was mijn tactiek ;).

Alle aandacht was echt heel leuk, maar op een bepaald moment vond ik het wel een beetje te veel worden. Zeker toen ik de hele tijd dezelfde vragen kreeg. De vraag die ik denk ik het vaakst heb gekregen is ‘en ga je alleen of met je ouders?’ De verbazing was altijd groot als ik dan zei dat ik met mevrouw van der Knaap ga. ‘Met een docent?!’ Dat is elke keer weer grappig. Ik snap dat op zich wel, ik kan me heel wat docenten voorstellen met wie ik liever niet naar Amerika zou gaan. ;p

Gisteren (maandag) was de eerste schooldag nadat ik Nederlands kampioen ben geworden. Ik heb weer veel felicitaties gekregen, maar het was – gelukkig- minder chaotisch dan zaterdag op de hockeyclub. Wel veel enthousiaste leraren gesproken, echt leuk! En mevrouw van der Knaap had tijdens het 4e uur – het Microsoft uur – taart geregeld, dat vond ik ook echt heel leuk. (PS: iedereen die me taart heeft beloofd, ik wacht nog! :p)

Het is nu, na vier dagen allemaal wel weer een beetje rustiger geworden. Dat is ook wel fijn. Er beginnen inmiddels wel artikeltjes op internet te verschijnen (RTV Utrecht)(SLBdiensten). Ik ben afgelopen zaterdag geïnterviewd door de Zenderstreek – plaatselijke IJsselsteinse krant – en vandaag ben ik telefonisch geïnterviewd door het Utrechts Nieuwsblad (voor de rubriek Even Vragen Aan). Dat is ook allemaal wel heel gaaf.

Vandaag heb ik met papa en mevrouw van der Knaap een gesprek gehad met Jeroen Borgsteede (de directeur) en Ymke Manders (die ons begeleidt naar Amerika) van slim.nl. Voordat we naar Amerika gaan moeten er wat praktische zaken geregeld worden en daar hebben we het over gehad. Ik heb er nu al heel veel zin in, het gaat zeker een hele bijzondere ervaring worden! (Ik zal ook absoluut door gaan bloggen tot en met het WK, ik moet alleen even besluiten of ik dat in het Nederlands of in het Engels wil doen.)

Dat was het wel weer even denk ik, ik hou jullie wel op de hoogte van alle interessante dingen die er gebeuren hier 🙂

doeiii!

 

Nederlands Kampioen!

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Het is gelukt! Ik ben Nederlands kampioen geworden vandaag. Ik ben zo ongelofelijk blij, ik kan sinds de uitslag vanmiddag eigenlijk niet meer stoppen met lachen. Hoewel ik heel blij ben, kan ik nog niet echt beseffen wat er is gebeurd. Het is zo cool, maar het idee dat ik de beste van Nederland ben en van de zomer naar Amerika mag voor het WK is nog niet helemaal binnengekomen.

Maar laten we even bij het begin beginnen. Vanochtend was ik eigenlijk heel rustig. Geen zenuwen, ik had er vooral heel veel zin in. Ik moest naar mijn eerste twee lesuren, wat niet het leukste was om te doen, maar wel een mooie afleiding. Aan het einde van het tweede uur kwam mevrouw van der Knaap me even uit de les halen, omdat ‘iemand’ me nog succes wilde wensen. Dat bleek mevrouw van Noort, onze rector te zijn. Dat was wel heel leuk!

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Daarna was het pauze, en toen moesten al mijn vriendinnen en Willem naar hun lessen. Iedereen heeft me geknuffeld en succes gewenst en dat was echt wel heel lief. Toen hebben Menno en ik een halfuurtje gewacht, en toen was het al tijd om te gaan! Samen met mevrouw van der Knaap en mevrouw van der Linden zijn we toen vertrokken richting het kantoor van Microsoft, bij Schiphol. We waren onderweg een heel klein beetje verdwaald, maar we kwamen alsnog ruim op tijd aan. Ik was toen nog steeds wel heel rustig, maar op het moment dat we uit de auto stapten werd ik toch wel een beetje zenuwachtig.

Na een praatje van de directeur van slim.nl was het tijd voor de eerste examenronde. Ik zat daarin, en ik was daar heel erg blij mee. Als ik langer had moeten wachten was ik echt heel zenuwachtig geworden. Nu viel het nog wel mee, en dat was fijn. Toen we eenmaal binnen zaten, veilig achter onze computers, kregen we eerst nog een korte uitleg. Aan het eind van het examen mocht je het nog niet afsluiten. Je moest je hand opsteken zodat je tijd genoteerd kon worden en dan moest je het lokaal verlaten, zonder je score te zien te krijgen. Dit allemaal om het zo spannend mogelijk te houden.

Toen kon ik eindelijk aan mijn examen beginnen. Dat was wel fijn. Ik maakte in een van de eerste opdrachten al een foutje, maar – geen paniek! – ik had dit eerder gedaan en wist precies hoe ik het moest herstellen. Ik heb rustig mijn examen afgemaakt en ik was klaar na 7 minuten en 14 seconden. (je hebt 50 minuten voor het examen, dus dit was behoorlijk snel!) Ik wist alleen niet zeker of ik 1000 punten had gehaald. Ik had er een goed gevoel over, maar ik weet het nooit helemaal zeker.

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Het eerste wat ik me besefte toen ik uit dat kamertje kwam, was dat het klaar was. En dat gaf wel een opgelucht gevoel. Uiteindelijk heb ik de afgelopen weken toch wel wat stress opgebouwd en dat kwam er nu uit. En toen begon het wachten. Het hele lange wachten. Ik was om 13.36 klaar, en ik wist dat ik zeker tot 16.00 moest wachten. Dat is bijna 2.5 uur en dat is best wel lang.

De opluchting die ik had na het afronden van het examen sloeg ook al vrij snel om in zenuwen. Zou ik 1000 punten hebben? Zou mijn tijd genoeg zijn? Dat speelde onder andere door mijn hoofd. Om 16.00 stond ik echt stijf van de spanning. Ik wou zeggen dat ik heel blij was toen ze begonnen met de prijsuitreiking, maar blij is niet echt het juiste woord. Ik vond in ieder geval dat het lang genoeg had geduurd. Helaas deden ze eerste de prijsuitreiking van het hbo, wat een aparte wedstrijd is. Nog langer wachten dus.

Toen was het eindelijk zo ver. De prijsuitreiking voor vo en mbo. Jeroen Borgsteede – directeur slim.nl – begon zijn praatje met ‘we gaan proberen de spanning een beetje op te bouwen’. Ik kan me herinneren dat ik op dat moment mevrouw van der Knaap en mevrouw van der Linden aan heb gekeken en dat ik echt zoiets had van ‘nee, niet nog meer spanning’. Maar dat hoort schijnbaar bij prijsuitreikingen. De 1e t/m 3e plaats hadden allemaal een score van 1000 punten. Ik wist dat als ik dat niet had gehaald, het dus sowieso voorbij zou zijn. De tijd van de jongen die 3e eindigde was 9 minuut 26. En toen dacht ik dat het voorbij zou zijn. Dat mijn 7.14 nooit genoeg zou zijn om te winnen.

Maar toen kwam de tweede tijd. 7.34. Twintig seconden langzamer dan ik. Ik was verbaasd. En toen kwam de spanning weer volledig terug. Zeker toen die jongen Laurens heette. Daarvan raakte ik lichtelijk in de war, omdat dat behoorlijk op Laura lijkt. Maar ik was het niet. En toen werd het echt spannend. De tijd werd bekendgemaakt: 7 minuut 14. Mijn tijd. Ik wist toen dat ik had gewonnen, maar het drong nog niet door. En toen zei Jeroen Borgsteede ‘Laura. Van Anna van Rijn’ en toen was ik eigenlijk toch nog heel verbaasd.

Helemaal trillend moest ik toen naar voren. Ik kan me nauwelijks herinneren hoe ik daar ben gekomen eigenlijk. Ik kan me sowieso heel weinig herinneren van wat er is gebeurd nadat ik mijn naam hoorde. Ik weet het een beetje en ik heb een filmpje gezien, dus ik weet dat ik daar die hele grote beker en dat die hele grote boarding pass in ontvangst heb genomen. En daarna werd het pas echt chaos eigenlijk. Ik kan me nauwelijks herinneren wat er in het uur daarna is gebeurd, behalve dat heel veel mensen mij gefeliciteerd hebben.

Pas toen we weer terug op weg naar huis waren ben ik volledig gestopt met trillen. Wat een dag is dit geweest. Dit is waar ik voor gewerkt heb de afgelopen weken en het is zo gaaf dat het dan ook lukt! Ik ben er nog steeds een beetje ondersteboven van, want wauw wat is er veel gebeurd vandaag. Menno, mevrouw van der Knaap en mevrouw van der Linden heel erg bedankt, zonder jullie was dit nooit gelukt! En ook iedereen die met me heeft meegeleefd heel erg bedankt! Ik heb zo ontzettend veel lieve reacties gekregen sinds vanmiddag, echt superleuk!

doeidoei!

PS: ik heb de titel van mijn blog veranderd in ‘Op weg naar het WK!’, nu ik naar Amerika mag leek het me wel leuk om hierover door te bloggen.

PPS: er is een filmpje van de prijsuitreiking, is best lachen om te zien: https://www.facebook.com/slimnl (even naar beneden scrollen en je bent!) Funfact hierbij: ik wordt nog steeds zenuwachtig als ik het filmpje zie, ook al weet ik dat ik heb gewonnen. 😉