Strong weekend in Europe and Asia!

Splendid results of our athletes today, our athletes went out hard…to warm up the engines!

🇪🇦️This morning already early wake up for our Spanish bull David to race marathon in Sévilla, aiming on a time of 2h50′ he did a perfect race with even in the end some fast miles finishing 2h54′!
Next race will be a half marathon for sure, but with a swim and run before it 🙂

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🇹🇭️ In Thailand nice results of the cyclists of WTT, with Tine and Olé racing in the front and managing an 8th place for Tine in the end!

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🇧🇪️ In Belgium Brussels-Opwijk (U23 classic) was on for Dries and Robbie (1st year U23). Dries managed to be in the front despite the cold and reconfirmed his way up after his accident last year, while Robbe picked up nice experiences at this level.

In Lens-Saint-Rémy (UCI1.18) 5 riders at the starting line, some with a bit of fear because of the wind, cold and a lot of riders. Others with legs waiting to explode!
And exploding they did, Guillaume out in front from the first lap with 12 other riders of which 1 teammate. After 76k – 500 D+ Guillaume took 5th, while his teammate won. Guillaume didn’t miss the start of his season for sure! Furthermore it was Svenne missing the right train in his race and with a solo-performance in the last 15K he managed to finish alone at 9th place! A bit further Joachim (first group) and Niels finished their races satisfied…picking up rhytm to next weeks where they will try to go even harder!

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In Maldegem Anthony was totally in the race and managed to get in a group of 30 riders…untill his Di2-battery run dead. A good feeling again for him and with several back to back races coming he is keen on the hills!

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Our CX men Xtof and Kevin, both 6th in their category closed a long cold and wet winterseason with good races! Going into their ‘resting period’ with good shape…will definitely be positive for what’s coming in summer!

Furthermore in Belgium some of our triathletes had trailrunning and road racing races planned, overall conclusion is that the feeling is good, the output is good and the A-races come closer. Let it come!

Next week some tough races ahead, we like!

Have a nice recovery 🙂!

Recap 2016: September – October…Like A farmer starts plowing in winter to harvest in the end!

Like a farmer starts plowing in winter, sows in spring and harvests at the end of the summer our athletes realised the same if you look at the World Championships qualifications.

  • World Championships Duathlon, Switzerland (10-150-30): Jan
  • World Championships Ironman70.3, Australia: Raph – Sophie
  • World Championships Xterra, Maui Hawaii: Joeri
  • World Championships Ironman, Kona – Hawaii: Pierre-Heather-Sam

Being qualified for those races is already great to do, it’s a dream coming true for most athletes. But clearly everybody was seriously motivated to perform well in the world championships. In Australia Raph and Sophie had a great experience at the other side of the world and in this fast field of athletes they did what they were supposed to do!

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Sophie and Raphael in the Ironman World Championships 70.3!

In Switzerland it was Jan who once more amazed by getting into the top 15 overall and becoming 1st AG!

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Jan ‘Jantje’ Meysmans 4* AG world Champion Duathlon

In Hawaii, the best long distance triathletes of the world take part of the most magical race around. Pierre, Heather and Sam had a fantastic day and could show what they are made of! Sam had fantastic running off the bike and got himself on the podium becoming 3rd AG! In 2years Sam got 3Ironman AG wins and 1 3rd place at the World Championships!For Pierre this experience was what he needed, 2days after the race he already said he would like to come back. The whole island breaths triathlon. Heather got a blocked nerve only 2 weeks before the race, but right on time her body was released to perform!

2 weeks later, a bit further in Hawaii…in Maui it was Joeri who was ready for the XTERRA world championships! His first World championships, after a very nice season in races all over Europe it was his cherry on the pie with a 12th place in his AG at the end!

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But harvesting doesn’t necessarily needs to be done in Championships!

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Cai winning her AG in Gerardmer XL, surrounded with fans!

With victories in ‘The Beast’  (Half irondistance, UK) , Regional championships triathlon in France, Triathlon Halifax (Canada) and several wins and podiumspots in  triathlon and cyclingraces in Canada, France,Germany ,Holland and Belgium this month was just great.

 

Our athletes racing in Ironman Barcelona and Mallorca all got their ticket to the finishline and delivered personal topperformances! The 5th overall spot of Adrian in Ironman70.3 Turkey signified that all is possible…if only you work for it!

September-October is also the period where u throw your road/TT bike on the attic and change it for the turbo or mountainbike!

The first cyclocrossraces were on and in Canada Andreas showed that a Swiss athlete is never to underestimate offroad. With a 3rd place in Xterra Woolastook (Can) he ended his triathlonseason like a boss!

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3rd Overall at Xterra Woolastook for Andreas

We started in Australia…and we will end this recap in Australia, september-october was also the period in which the famous Crocodile Trophy, a mountainbike stage race in the Outback of Australia took place. Bjorn was ready for it, and after a crash in stage 1 he only kept growing in this race! With a 3rd, a 2nd and a 1st place in the stages he did better than expected and refound himself as a cyclist!

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Bjorn working with his MTB towards a stage win!

And like a real farmer, now it’s time to work hard in silence!

Ciao
Jesse

Testing, some love seeing the numbers…but it’s about working with th numbers!

This period of the year, is definitely a period athletes need to plan a lactate test. Especially for  athletes doing a regular cycling/running/triseason (march-october) Because a test can give us a view into the way to approach the athletes’ body, shape and future (short and long term) goals.

Many athletes make the large mistake to hunt down certain numbers, they look at the maximum output and not below, they chase a high HR , pace or wattage at their max level. Well, let that be a very wrong approach (especially in mid-winter).If u don’t have experience and know-how in evaluating tests, please stay far away from it. You can only abuse at that moment…

As we speak, we are testing athletes very intense for over 8years now and many of these tests are in my database. From Pro cyclists, Pro triathletes, Amateur world champions in duathlon and triathlon to absolute beginners in these sports.

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For me as a coach, lactate testing also gives us a very nice view on an athletes’ macro-evolution (evolution during several years), or seasonal evolution. It can reassure us after a big block of training to look if we are ‘scoring’  around the same lactate profile as we did in earlier and SIMILAR training/racing periods. It can gives us the info to put the cherry on the big cake of training towards Championships. Or it can simply say: “Hey, that athlete really has work to do at certain points”.

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Never forget testing is done to work with, ‘just’testing is useless. Training healthy always has to be the number 1 priority! If you don’t train on a (short-long term) healthy way you shouldn’t even be training at all!

 

Click here to see one of our athletes suffer on a running test

Train Smart, perform better,

Jesse Van Nieuwenhuyse