The start of the season is very soon now. Looking back at the past winter, I can conclude I had a successful time. But, frankly speaking, my winter didn’t get off to a good start. I was still looking for a new team towards to end of September and I felt a lot of stress. Then I fell ill in October and I couldn’t end the season the way I wanted. I remained ill for a long time, as my search for a new team continued.
This changed when the plans around BEAT Cycling Club started becoming more specific and I had a new goal to aim for. I lost the pressure that had been bringing me down and at the start of November I felt ready to start training again. With my #RoadToBEAT (becoming a pro cyclist in 2018) in the back of my mind, I started training with motivation and discipline. I haven’t been ill since November, had no more injuries and could finish all my training exercises on time. Thanks to my new motivation I managed to ride 220 hours, 5,557 kilometers and 39,500 altimeters between November and February.
I set a number of goals for myself during the winter, including the European Championships Beach Race in Scheveningen and Egmond-Pier-Egmond. I felt progression in my physical condition, that was confirmed by my results (13th in Scheveningen and 5th in Egmond). Then I went to Spain to continue building up my strength. Despite the rain and, on the last day, snow this too was a next step for my fitness. My wattage meter already told me I was in good shape. Last week I did a stress test at Energy Lab. I will share the results with you in my next blog.