A run for fun.

Thursday, I was able to attend a presentation from Paul Van Den Bosch. I think most of you will know him as the coach of cyclocrosser Sven Nys. He shared his vision about moving and sport.

Unizo Limburg organised this session with Paul so that he could explain the importance of moving for entrepreneurs. Fortunately, non-entrepreneurs like me could subscribe too. So thursday 5:45 pm, I stepped into the car to drive from Brussels to Hasselt. Plenty of time to get there. At least, I thought so. Leaving Brussels went slow but the worst was yet to come… Getting past Leuven was like hell. I think I stood there for one hour and moving 1 km. But since I left on time, I arrived at 20:10 pm. Five minutes before the start of the presentation, lucky me. Or was it the margin I took that saved me?

To be honest, I was a bit disappointed with the number of people that were present. I expected a big room with hundred people, eager to learn how to become as good as Sven Nys ;). Instead, there were 20 people present. All from Limburg, but that was not a problem friendly as they are.

We started immediately and Paul told us that he would not explain how to create a training schedule and what to eat. He would bring us a story about how to make sure you move with the correct motivation. Ofcourse everyone was surprised, no schedules? But this surprise quickly dissapeared.

I’m not going to tell you everything Paul has told us. It’s up to you to go listen yourself, it’s really worth the time!

A run for fun. That is my sentence to summarize his story. You should enjoy moving. Moving should be fun, it should give you energy. Energy you need to live your life and fight the stress of your work. I think there is a difference between why you run and specific goals. I run because I like to run. It’s a way to build up energy and to get rid of stress. Starting in june I will add a specific goal to this. I want to be ready for the start of soccer season end of july. I think it’s ok to set a goal. As long as you keep the fun. If you have to force yourself to go running or cycling, you do not have fun anymore.

Paul told us that the reason why we want to move is the most important. If you don’t have a why, you will give up sooner or later.

After reading this post, have you thought about your why? Please let me know in the comments.


’Mijn leven. Sven Nys’, a book about cyclocrosser Sven Nys.

I know, the book ‘Mijn leven. Sven Nys.’ is in Dutch so a lot of you won’t be able to read it. Still, I think this book deserves a place on your bookshelf. Mijn leven. Sven Nys.Like I said in a previous blogpost, it made me read again.

Who knows Sven Nys? I think a lot of you do. But I suppose that a lot of people think that he’s just a cyclocrosser with a lot of talent. Well, that’s not completely true. Wait, don’t panic. He is a great cyclocrosser but only because he worked very hard and still does.

In the book you can read that he trained so hard that he sometimes forgot that there is more in life than cycling. After some disappointments in the big championships, he learned from his team that he needed to relax from time to time if he wanted to have a long carreer. That was more than 10 years ago…

Besides his passion another thing that jumps out in the book, is the importance of his team. Not only his teammates in the cross itself, but his family, his son, friends and so on. Without them, he would not be who he is now. They help him to become better. They help him when something goes wrong. Ofcourse he has the legs that need to perform but without the mind and support of his team, he would be lost.

That should be a lesson for everyone. Not only for those of you cycling are playing soccer. All of you need a team that you can count on. You need people that are there in difficult times.

Buy the book.

Strike back!

Here I am, sitting in my sofa legs up. Resting? Yes, but not voluntary. Sport is healthy they always say, not for me this weekend. While playing soccer I hurt my quadriceps. Diagnosis: 3 months out. 

I love to sport. I play soccer, jog from time to time and when soccer season is over I ride my bike. But this season is not my lucky one. It already started while preparing for first soccer training in July. My knee hurted so I could not run as often as I wanted. Cycling was ok, but that is not the same. By the start of the soccer season, I knew immediately how late it was. I had not the condition I intended to have. So I struggled to keep up with my opponents in the first games and everything hurted. But I had a plan. I started with some easy jogging sessions after every training and game. That way my basic condition went up and my muscles recuperated better. Doing so, I managed to get better and ready for the start of the competition. We won the first game and I played the whole 90 minutes without a problem. So my advice: never give up!

But my luck did not lasted long. In the second game, I hurt my self in a fight for the ball. I managed to finish the game but I had to watch from the side for the next 8 weeks. But ok, there are worse things that can happen. I did whatever I could to prepare my comeback and I enjoyed it. Normally I am not a fan of jogging during winter but I really liked it. It was nice to be moving again.

As I said, it is not my lucky season. We are 2 months later after my comeback and I am laying here, writing a short story about my season. The moment I felt something in my quadriceps I knew it was more or less the same as last time. It appears it’s even worse so my season is over. I am disappointed. Not in myself or my muscles. No, just disappointed I can’t play the last games of the season. Disappointed that I can’t move a lot for some time.

But no worries, there is a lot of other stuff to enjoy. I can watch my teammates play and win some more games. I have some extra time to do some stuff I like but did not have the time to do. Revalidation started yesterday, so I’ve set myself a target. I want to be ready for cycling season by the end of soccer season. By doing so, I will be able to build a good basic condition for coming soccer season.

So what did I learn from all this? Never let bad things strike you down, always strike back and enjoy the opportunities!