Season 2016 has ended a while a go and I wanted to give you a quick update on my off-season so far.
2016 was a season I want to forget quickly due to the lack of results…
So to my big surprise, my team gave me a second chance and I was able to renew my contract towards 2017. Next year the team is stepping it up with some big name signings (Thalita De Jong, World Champion CX and Flavia Oliveira, Tour d’Ardeche winner).
Therefore I’m even more motivated to show the best of myself next year.
Due to my fulltime job I wasn’t able to enjoy a rest vacation so far this year, as all my vacation days were spend on racing.
In October I enjoyed a week off the bike in Turkey with my boyfriend.
In November we went to Prague and for my Birthday, at the beginning of December, we went to Dublin.
I can say my batteries are finally refueled and we are ready to work hard towards the new season.
I started working with a trainer (Pascal Cloudt from We-Train) who helps me to make progress.
Swimming, running, core, CX and evening rides on the rollers are currently on the menu.
At BikeMedical I did a bikefit to improve my position and I started training at a physiotherapist to improve my posture on the bike.
Ideally I would have liked to ride some CX races this winter but due to an injury in October (fracture in my leg) I needed to postpone that plan. Hopefully I’ll be able to ride my first ever CX race in January.
In February our first training camp will be held in Calpe.
Tara Gins will also be part of our team next year! She will not only be one of the riders, she will also help the team behind the scenes.
Tara Gins (°1990) started cycling at the age of sixteen. During the first years, she suffered from some bad knee injuries which made is hard for her to get to a higher level. As an elite however, she started getting better and better. The last few years, Tara has reached some beautiful results in the regional races.
“I feel great in this team thanks to its family-like atmosphere. This year was a big disappointment for me, so I’m glad the team still has faith in me and gives me another opportunity to prove myself.”, says Tara.
2016 hasn’t been going too well, however the year hasn’t ended either. I’m
trying to stay focused and positive for what the year can bring as it’s
only May yet.
Since the beginning of the year I’m having hard times managing the balance
between workload at work/home and racing. My build up wasn’t as good as
last year; the weather during winter wasn’t as good, I had to be prepared
more early for Argentina and got sick several times in between which made
it hard to keep building up as I should have.
I noticed my heart rate wasn’t as high anymore as it used to be (max 150)
and I was unable to train or race like last year. I got tired very easily and
lost my motivation. I went to several doctors and it seemed I just
‘overkilled’ it which is hard to accept. Rest and listening to my body was
the only way I would be able to return, and so I took a break from everything…
It ‘sucks’ because my teammates are performing well and I really miss being
a part of that fun group.
Since one week I started racing again and seeing some small progress. In
between I’m still training on a low heart rate and pace. In my last race I
finished in the peloton on a nice 30th place which gave me a little hope
again. I’m taking one step at a time and hopefully we’ll get there, sooner
This week Dorottya returns to Belgium and I’m looking forward welcoming
her! Next race is on Sunday in Malderen, where I got a 5th place last year.