Top 10 and first win in new category for hans, Wim completing this AG podium in Caveman – Anthony in 4 man breakaway in Deftinge-Lierde

Caveman triathlon today! Strong field of athletes at the starting line for this 111 triathlon. For many athletes the season opener!

With especially in the AG40 and AG category some of our athletes keen on getting close to the podium!
Unfortunately 1week ago AG 50 athlete Raymond crashed and as his legs were still looking like a ‘sandwich martino’ DNS for him!
In GC both Tony and Hans could have ambitions for a top 10 result.
A pretty tough course also in this tritathlon, with the ‘slingerberg’ each cycling lap, but even a more demanding run course!

A good start for most of our athletes in this 1K swim with Wim VL first man out of the water in 16’39”! At that point leading the AG 40+!


Tony and Hans left the water close to eachother, Tony left T1 first, closely followed by Hans. Once ‘La Machine’ was seated on his Shiv he moved forward strongly and joined Tony.

Kan een afbeelding zijn van een of meer mensen en buitenshuis
Good start of Hans during the first climb in Kanne, ‘La Machine’ button was on.


Unfortunately for Tony he had a ‘chaindrop’ and bumped his knee hardly into his steering. Not a good thing to have in a very intense race format. So pain got him and his shifting device was problematic with sometimes kilometers on the small gear, chaindrops and sometimes able to put the chain back on. But he persisted despite these issues.
Very soon Hans closed down a 2′ gap with the guys riding for place 5-10.
A very consistent effort of Hans with 328NP at 50K and 324NP at 99K into the bikecourse. Despite that the riders on who he closed the gap had a stronger effort in their 2nd half. Or was there a tailwind? Perhaps in the eye of the tornado there’s a logical acceleration of objects? 🙂


Steady effort of Hans in Kanne with a 324NP at the end of the bike course. Passing halfway at 328NP. Steady to run off fast!

Behind those Hans, Tony and Wim VL our other athletes started to gear up. Steven DB, good swimmer, had a fearmoment during the start of the swim which all triathletes once have or had. On the bike he left this moment behind and took speed. Also Jurgen and Christophe were there, getting into top 10 in this AG40.

Kan een afbeelding zijn van 2 mensen, staande mensen, fiets en buitenshuis
Wim Van Linden was our first man out on the bike, steady bike effort followed by a good run made him finish 3rd in his AG


In the AG50 category it’s Bart who took place in top 10 very soon. His fellow Wim T chasing him down.
Also Bart T in his first race in Belgium, Christophe, Toon (back into the game!), Frederick, Thomas, Michael, Carles and Roel were keen on this bike effort. They settled their places to drop off their bike in T2.

Hans putting down his bike in T2 as the first of our athletes and ready to run towards a top10 today! With 8th place at the finishline and his first win in his new AG (H40) we can say…age is just a number 🙂 and he’s ready for a couple of race on more demanding terrain.

Tony, who thought of quitting the race with a severly swollen knee and annoying mechanicals on the bike.
Before the problems Tony was riding 300-320NP and HR 165BPM, once he bumped his knee the pain got into it. His cadence dropped, his NP dropped to 260 (small gearing) and HR dropped 15BPM. But as this is a B-race leading up to his Ironman and not so many racing opportunities this year…he persisted with a run below his capabilities…but still managing 22st in GC!

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Bad luck for Tony today, but next Ironman races are key for him to once finish in Kona again! Today was a processrace, more to come!



Not so far behind Tony Wim VL was our man to run off the bike very well and taking his first podium in his AG in his first triathlon in 2years! FInally he’s at it! Good and strong job!
With Steven DB and Jurgen also starting the run with the eyes on the AG Podium this category was well filled! Steven taking 5th, Jurgen taking 6th and Christophe taking 10th place today!

Bart DB was aiming for a top10 in his AG and he managed! But also lesson’s learned! Racing in humid and warm conditions needs another drinking protocol than racing in dry and colder conditions. It’s about how much you drink, but also what you are drinking before and during the race!
Wim T his eyes were definitely aimed on Bart, but he stayed out of sight at the finishline!

Geen beschrijving beschikbaar.
Wim T in search for a good effort after a tough winter, looking forward!



Bart T had a strong bike effort and suffered on the tough hilly run course in his first race here! But a strong endurance brings you home, always!
Toon finished his first race again in 3-4years and can look back at a strong road to today during the past year!
Also Christophe, Frederick, Michael, Carles and Thomas did a good job towards the finisling.
Satisfaction is at its place, looking forward now to our guys on the Ironman and 70.3 distance in Frysman (The Netherlands) and Chtriman (France)!

Geen beschrijving beschikbaar.
Frederick during the ‘Slingerberg’ Climb in Kanne



Next to our triathletes our cyclists prooved they started the season extremely well!
Almost all of our riders got into top 10 already this season and are riding very intense in front of the race!
Today Anthony (Deftinge – Elite3) was our man in the right breakaway of 4 that could race victory!
A late attempt in the last kilometer in which Anthony chased victory didn’t work out for the win, but with a good and strong race finishing 4th can mean a lot in the head of a rider! Great job again of Anthony!

In Meux (Masters) Svenne was keen on a new day of breaking away and suffering! He got himself into that dream scenario. With a 14man lead group it seemed tough to break away, at the end Svenne sprinted towards 7th place!

Kan een afbeelding zijn van 1 persoon
Good job of Anthony today, in front of the game all race long and racing for victory in the lead group, finishing 4th.




Next few days more cyclingraces and also the first Time Trial races are back to business!

ciao

Jesse

Groupsession #1 – Prep for 2021 – ‘Positive’ vibes!

Past season was a bummer for many athletes, restrictions for training and cancellations of races. While outdoor sports can always happen with a very low Covid19 risk. This is prooven this summer with no clusters coming from cyclingraces, running races or triathlons.
Today the first groupsession of the winter prep was held. Focus on an endurance plate, with some short spicy toppings. Coronaproof, within regulations of the .BE governement and with advice of the Flemish gouvernement. All set for a nice day. All set for sports, good for mental and physical health!

This in contrast to what some people would like people to do. Stay home, do nothing, get in bad health mentally and physically. Well fuck that!

During the run we did a short hilly trailrun trough the forest, followed by an ‘old school’ fartlek on the park trails and an easy flat cooldown.
All athletes at their own paces, fluently and structured. But above all laughs and enjoying sports. For some athletes this was the first ‘group’event in the last 8months.


After this run with quite some variation our athletes changed the shoes for the mountainbike. An endurance ride through fields, forest and singletracks made this 2h lasting ride enjoyable and fun despite some run and mud 🙂
With some challenging parts this ride was groundbreaking for some of them.

Well done and onwards to the next step!


Individual outdoor sports are in se coronaproof, keep going and keep doing this well structured and balanced. Not like a battering ram.


Train smart, perform better!

Jesse

Surprising results in cycling and duathlon!

A weekend full of surprises!
With races in Germany, Holland and Belgium this weekend would be full of lactic acid…the national championships Xduathlon were marked in our agenda. Tony (Elite) and Wim (Masters) started with ambitions. Unfortenately for Tony the race lasted only 20m, tackled in the start he fell and done was his race. His concurrents of last week all ended within top 10…not fun, but more to come upcoming months!
Wim from his side came into T2 in the battle for the podium and win in the master’s race. New in this technical discipline het lost a lot of time in the more technical part of the race and had to let go the podium. Finishing with a splendid 2nd run he shows in road-season they will have to take count of him…let’s see.
In the same race Wesley finished his first national champs in a positive way!

In Eschweiler (Germany – Half Marathon), Dendermonde (Bel – 10K) and Cadzand (Holland – Half Marathon) our triathletes showed themselves to be ready for tri-season. In Germany Jens got 4th overall and is improving towards a steady – strong athlete. To be followed in 2017. In Cadzand our athletes got the honour to fight the wind, 5Beaufort in the face made them ‘work’ towards the finishline!

Our cyclists are having a great start of the season and Anthony today put the cherry on the first month of racing already by winning in Doornik/Tournai after another race in the front! With the last kilometer solo he could ‘enjoy’ this victory a lot.

 

Anthony

 

In The Netherlands, the national duathlonseries were held in Hilversum, Jan competes in one of these topseries-teams this season, and could help his team to 6th overall place despite a litte search to his shoes in T2 in which he lost quite some time.
Adrian surprises again…by not only doing a good race, but even finishing 2nd in the open

race in Hilversum! Another podium for Adrian who slowly but surely is becoming a collector of metal!

A good and honest weekend, with honest and satisfying results!
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As a coach you must always look 2steps ahead…

Our athletes are now almost all approaching their 2016 season. Our cyclists have already some weeks of racing behind them, our triathletes already did some prep races and are now close in entering their first real game!

2016 began very well for our athletes, in the first 2 months  of the year 26 podium places were realised in road cycling, CX cycling, XC running, road running , triathlon and duathlon! It’s really crazy, you should think…well that’s nice if you realise this in a whole year. Well…that’s a misunderstanding. Those races were all won in global preparation towards our athletes real racing season.

The one thing that we can say is that we (athletes and coach) are on a good way towards a top 2016, but let’s talk about that in late december of this year.

Our triathletes are getting slightly more nervous for their season, a lot of (Half) Iron distances will be raced this year. Ironman South Africa (Sam-Cai-Pierre) will kick off triathlon season, that same day Ironman70.3 Florida and 111 Portocolom (Spain) will be battle scene for our athletes. From that point on Ironman’s 70.3 Nola, Lima, Mallorca ,… will follow soon. You never know the result of a race before the race, the only thing u can  answer is: “are you prepared well?” I can say our athletes who will race that day and later that period will be prepared well. They have put in the energy and let’s see what comes out. A first race of the season always is a question mark.

Afstand pr week

Training more and more volume is not the best approach towards competitive racing. Volume needs a balance with rest and the right intensity.

Past winter was a busy winter, a winter in which out athletes and myself have made time for evaluation and thinking forward and fast forward. Setting up a plan for each athlete is thé way to approach a good season, never think week by week, Never think month by month. But think from a global view and let that view fit in to an athlete’s life-work balance. On the groupsessions we noticed very determined athletes who will race very passionate. To our cyclists I always say, if you don’t know the feeling of going into the breakaway and just sit and wait…you will never win in style. To our triathletes I say, go out there with the knife between the teeth and use your strong points to be the best you. And never(!) drop out of race, it’s the finishline u need to chase…as fast as possible!

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Brooke winning Irondistance Vitoria-Gasteiz last year was one of the highlights in her career. As a coach you live up to these events with your athletes. Every athlete finishing an extraordinary race deserves the deepest respect!

 

I love looking forward and fast forward,

 

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