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Week 27: time flies when you’re all the time at home

I started the blog with the intention of writing once a week. I feel like the last post was one, maybe two weeks ago… and poof! It was almost one month. With the covid19 situation, not being able to do any plans and working from home – every day looks the same. And it’s so […]

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Week 23: #ridesolo, compete solo?

The training continues – riding alone and trying to avoid the busiest times of the days, or trying to discover less busy places to explore. The uncertainty about what will happen with any schedules events is getting more clear – towards cancelling anything that is presential this season. In The Netherlands that has been the […]

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Week 21: tests again!

If in the previous post (for week 19th) I said that days looked the same – it starts to be the same with weeks. That’s why I even forgot about last week’s post. The monotony of every day being the same as the previous has got… surprisingly easy. And time passes so fast like this […]

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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 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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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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Starting: week 11th

After some days giving thought to the idea of documenting the process of training for a long distance IronMan, today I’ve finally set the website up. I’m preparing the event with a lot of time (the main race will take place at the end of September) – and this is like the 11th week of […]