Coaching High performance athletes gives you busy days, a cellphone is at least that one device you definitely need…but what happens on a day on which you turn it out because you make a trip…well this happens:
– You come home and put on the phone, suddenly it keeps on vibrating with messages full of smileys and thumbs up!
This really makes my day, the first phone I got was from Raphael who was keen on performing in Halluin (France – Nord). We gave Raph some decompressiontime after his selection for the World Championships Ironman70.3 in Zell Am See (Austria). In France Raph did a correct race, he finished 7th on a Olympic Distance race (1,5K Swim-40K non-drafting bike-10Krun). The race was won by Belgian Rinus Holvoet before Emmanuel Renard (Gravelines Triathlon…offcourse!) A happy Raph who was between the guys we pointed out the be with.
Next message was from Kristof, cyclist and National champion with the ‘bondes sauvages’ Kristof has a very loaded period behind him and made his ‘click’ in the head with the focus on a good summer…last 2weeks the good feeling was coming back…and we know he can win a sprint…but not today, he took the more difficult way and escaped the peloton. In a sprint with 2 he took the win!
Next message from Joeri: “Yes yes,Gagné, what a good day!”, first I thought he was joking, but quickly I took him for serious. Joeri did it, this win is something he is looking for for a long time! Joeri won in France (Lac des vieilles Forges – Ardennes Francais) on very difficult track, but the more difficult and selective the better for him! Joeri is one of our athletes who we work with for the 5th consecutive Joeri, every year he makes his step and now he is where he has to be…battling in the front of his discipline on the national races, great performance for this young athlete!
Next call was the ‘HAHA, wuk peisjdje call’ of Tom, Tom had some serious things going on in his body, if you want to know what…here it is Tom’s site
You can imagine we doubted about competition for the 2015 season, but training we kept doing…sometimes it was with a down…sometimes a small up. But with patience and motivation Tom came back. In his first race last week, his engine needed to be topped a bit…but overall he was simply strong already. Tom is one of those athletes which we work with for a long time already, we know how the head and body reacts…we know he’s all dedication and an example for other athletes. No concurrent will not like the coming back of Tom…
The thing is…when Tom calls me and he says ‘Haha, wuk peisjdje’ I know he won or at least had a good day, in Dreikirchen (Germany) he did a triathlon (300-20-5)…we will not say it’s the biggest race…but it definitely was a race made for him. With a difficult biketrack and slightly exhausted legs for the run. Not only the win was there, but also the numbers on the bike and in the run were back in town…