Well, 2024, the new year is here. A lot has happened since the last post, especially since the last time I checked in was in the off-season, when I really enjoyed my time off the bike, busy with other activities.

Sometime in mid-November I started back with serious and structured training for the 2024 season. I didn’t overdo it, of course, because I knew there was still plenty of time before the first race. I slowly and diligently built up my mileage, but also mixed in some intense intervals, sprints and sometimes longer rides. In December we met the team for the first time at a training camp in Spain. We spent 9 wonderful days there, where we besides training we also had a lot of other obligations. Time flew by during the training camp and it was great to see old and new club members, staff and the whole team together in one place. After successful preparations, we stopped off in the Netherlands for an official presentation of the team, the new sponsors and the new kit. I really like the new jersey because it’s simple and not too colourful. It is definitely visible on the road, which is very important and safe at the moment.

After travelling around Europe, I spent Christmas and New Year in Slovenia. Unfortunately, I got sick right at the time and didn’t have much time to celebrate or socialise. I also had to miss training. Luckily, this forced break was good for me, because in January I saw that I was even better prepared. When I was able to start training again, everything became 100% serious. Training, rest, nutrition and, in general, a lifestyle dedicated to cycling. Daily training sessions now last between 4 and 6 and a half hours, from high intensity to low intensity and long rides. I’ve been running regularly since October and have incorporated running into my training programme. Mainly to strengthen the knee, but also for the soul and a good start to the day.

Now I have a few days at home and then my season starts with the race in Murcia. I continue with the Jaen Classic, Volta Algarve, Omloop Het Nieuswsblad, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, altitude training camp on Teide, E3, Dwars door Vlaanderen, Tour of Flanders and then the grande finale: Giro d’Italia and Tour de France. I also hope to qualify for the Olympic Games. Then, of course, there will be some rest 🙂 .

The racing and preparation programme is extremely busy and, on paper, psychologically difficult. But I was very happy when I found out what I would be racing and I can’t wait to get started. The winter is over, the form is good and I want to test everything in the first races. Until then, hard training and rest.

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