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Posted by on Apr 1, 2019 in bikes, gear and gadgets, training | 0 comments

Pursu – an interview with the founder

Pursu – an interview with the founder

In March of this year Pursu launched their first three 100% natural energy bars. I met the founder of Pursu, Sanjay Soni, a few years ago when he and his brother booked a guided bike ride in Sicily. We kept in contact and after about a year he told me about this new project he was working on: creating a natural sports nutrition brand. This was in May 2017. From that point on I followed almost every step he took to reach his goal and wasn’t afraid to give him my two cents along the way… 🙂 Now we’re in 2019 and the brand has been created and the first three energy bars are already a great success! Because I followed Sanjay’s project from the start and the fact that I find the Pursu bars to be both delicious and easily digestible, I’m very happy to have become an official Pursu ambassador! I wanted to help introduce Pursu to you guys, so last week I interviewed Sanjay and asked...

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Posted by on Jul 5, 2018 in miscellaneous, training | 0 comments

Coming back from an accident – learning from my mistakes

Coming back from an accident – learning from my mistakes

Last January I was hit by a car while cycling on a small country road. This was the second bike accident in 2.5 years that left me badly injured, so again, I had to start a rehabilitation process to get back into shape. After the first accident I made many mistakes that didn’t help me get back into shape, so this time I decided to change my approach. I’d like to share with you what I think I did wrong the first time and what has helped me so far during the current rehabilitation process. After the first accident I wanted to get back into shape too fast. First of all, I overdid the exercises my physiotherapist gave me, because I thought my body could handle it. This worked well in the beginning, but after a week progress stopped and the pains started to increase. It was really frustrating to realize that by doing too much, I had actually taken several steps back which cost me much more time....

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Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in training | 0 comments

Training with cycling coach Marco Hintz

Training with cycling coach Marco Hintz

In December, I wrote about starting to train with a coach again, but you haven’t seen any update yet. Here’s what happened: After the accident, I wasn’t able to cycle much until spring time, so last season it took me (what seemed like) ages to get back into shape and back at more or less the level I was before my bike came into contact with a dog, which landed me in the hospital. So, this time I really wanted to train in the winter time and actually book some progress. When it comes to training, you can buy a plan online or train with a coach. I prefer training with a coach to using a plan on my own. A coach comments on your workouts, reads and understands the data (power, HR, cadence, etc.) from your rides and can adjust your coming workouts based on that information. A coach can also be a good motivator, which will help you stick to the plan. I hoped Marco Hintz would...

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Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in training | 0 comments

Working with a coach again

Working with a coach again

Several years ago I trained with a coach and wrote several posts about it on this blog. In that period I made quite the progress and I found working with a coach much fun. Last winter I didn’t train much after the crash and it took me quite some time to come close to pre-crash level again. Now I want to train and feel it is time to work with a coach again. So, I’m stoked that my buddy and professional cycling coach, Marco Hintz, has an opening in his busy schedule and that he wants to coach me! Marco lives in Colorado and loves sports: he swims, he runs, he cycles and he’s all about custom coaching. He also helped me get out of a rut and made cycling fun again. I’ll be sharing my training experience on this blog, so you can decide whether working with a coach (like Marco) is something for you. See you soon!...

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Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in training | 0 comments

Cycling is fun (again)!

Cycling is fun (again)!

For a while, cycling hadn’t been that much fun. After the accident it took several months to get back on the bike and with a lot of the power gone, it felt like I had to start from scratch. Training wasn’t much fun and neither were core workouts due to pain in my neck, arms and collar bone, that just didn’t seem to go away. I wanted to be back at the level I was before the crash, but progress wasn’t going fast enough and neither was I (so I thought). I was extremely focused on riding fast, but I forgot all about the most important thing: cycling should be fun! Riding in the sun, enjoying the scenery and spending time with friends. So Marco and Hannah came to Sicily at the right time! Every year they visit the island and every time we try and squeeze in a few rides. At the same time I started riding with Cai Mano, a strong rider from Partinico, and I noticed...

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Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in bikes, gear and gadgets, training | 0 comments

Tacx Real life videos Sicily

Tacx Real life videos Sicily

In June Jaap Wagenvoort gfe (GoPro filmmaker extraordinaire 🙂 ) and myself have been filming in Sicily for three (Tacx compatible) Real Life Videos. I’ve already posted the trailers, but now I can present you the finished videos! Video 1: Sicily – Erice This RLV brings you to the archeologic park of Segesta, to the Garibaldi monument (Pianto Romano) and through a hilly landscape to the town of Valderice where the climb towards the Medieval town of Erice  (750 meters above sea level) starts. The Erice RLV includes 4 serious climbs totaling over 1.500m vertical ascent, but the maximum grade is ‘just’ 9%, so very trainer-friendly! Erice guarantees at least 2,5h of pure indoor training fun and you get to learn the beauty of Sicily along the way! The trailer: Order here Video 2: Sicily – Bosco d’Alcamo This Bosco d’Alcamo RLV is 18,6km long. It includes a nice warm-up in the valley near the town of Alcamo, a tough climb towards the Bosco d’Alcamo and a nice cooling down....

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