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Week 19: which day of the week is it?

If on the last week training was helping me break the routine of the days, this week it felt like Groundhog Day. The weeks feel so similar that I lose track of how long we’ve been in this “new normal” of being socially-isolated and in “soft-quarantine”. But it also makes me appreciate quite a lot […]

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Week 18: training as routine-breaker

As anticipated in the previous post – this week is marked by the impact of the Covid-19 global pandemia in the daily life and routines. This week has been the second week working from home – with my only outings being to cycle alone, run trying to skip any group of people, or go to […]

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Week 17: Covid19 strikes, preparing for home training

This was the week I was supposed to travel to Mallorca with ATAC for my first training camp ever – but what a bad timing to travel, in the middle of the global Covid19 pandemic. During the week we monitored the local news, and it was looking worse and worst – until the Spanish Government […]

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Week 16: “Training status: productive”

I’m not sure why, but the watch insists on “Working in some intense, anaerobic efforts will enhance your speed and anaerobic capacity”. And well, as I tend to not match the intenstity targets in my Sweet Spot sessions, I tried to push a bit extra in the weekend rides – and finally got my watch […]

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Week 15: windy or not, out I go

Another week with the convenient storm attacking The Netherlands during the weekend – causing the group ride to be a solo one, and to end shouting at the wind in the long Sunday ride after more than 1h30 of constant headwind. Apart from that – quite a successfully planned week: with something going every evening, […]

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My Turbo Season setup

Since last year, my weakest discipline in triathlon has been cycling. Or at least the one with the most chances of improvement. But that improvement is very difficult to concentrate over the sprint and summer, so there’s no other way that training during the winter – which means storms, strong winds, lower temperatures, which can […]

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Week 14: more windy rides

After having done the tests last week and adjusted the running and cycling the FTP, it was time to put them to roll. Unfortunately the weather is not being very encouraging to get outdoors, with very strong wind gusts and storms weekend after weekend. Despite that, probably the highlight of the week was that on […]

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Week 13: first 2020 tests

Every end of the training cycle, about every 6 weeks, I do some tests on running, cycling and swimming to measure progress and set the baseline for the daily trainings. By calculating the functional thresholds in every sport, the trainings are adjusted so I can do them at the right intensity. This is useful both […]

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Week 12: the wind said “no” to Schoorl

Today it was supposed to be race day, to run for the first time in the Schoorl dunes in the Groet uit Schoorl run. But we are still in the winter, weather is changing… and most of the times these changes are for worse. The storm Ciara has hit the Dutch coast today, with wind […]

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Sometimes it’s just not your day

Some days you wake up and you feel “ok, today it’s not my day”. Then you know what to expect, you can be a little bit more kind to yourself today, and take it easy. That’s expectable, and at least lets you the consolation of knowing yourself. But other days your body decides to lie […]