Playing Basketball at the InterUC tournament|Credits to Andra Dols.Read more "Clutch."
Days are shorter, nights are longer. Everywhere athletes are starting to prepare for winter training, and I am no exception. Currently I am in Cunovo, a small suburb of the Slovakian capital Bratislava. Writing this from a sketchy hotel room, listening to aggressive rap music, with nothing but grey skies and a frosty wind outside, […]Read more "Autumn Grind | 2014 : 23"
After a great summer, it is time to get back to reality and get back into the daily grind that is training, studying, eating and (barely) sleeping. This summer has been full of new experiences, new people I have met, new places I visited to and new memories that were created. Racing has not been […]Read more "Playtime is Over, Back to Business|2014:22"
Last year, after the failed team trials, there was a bit of radio silence on the blog. This year, it was pretty much the same. I did not really feel like being active on any social media (those who follow me on twitter or instagram will be aware.) For the last week this has a different reason, my phone broke […]Read more "Thoughts and Whereabouts | Part II| 2014:21"
It has not been good couple of weeks. The last time I wrote on this blog was right before the team trials in Leipzig, the race that I had been training for all winter. For those that followed the results: you know what is up. For those that did not, Day 1: 98+8 Day 2: […]Read more "Stay Off The Goddamn Poles|2014:20"
Playing Basketball at the InterUC tournament|Credits to Andra Dols.Read more "Clutch."
It has been a busy last couple of days. In terms of training it was easy, rest until we leave for Leipzig. Luckily for me, it was a bit more. I hate rest. Saturday I participated in the InterUC tournament. Hosted at University College Utrecht, it is a competition between different Dutch University Colleges in […]Read more "Second Places Suck|2014:18"
A very late post this week. I had been busy with some university work this week, that I may or may not have planned. In addition I was trying to code my own website rather than using WordPress. Team trials are coming up, and I could not be more excited! I feel well prepared, both physically […]Read more "That Last Minute Preparation|2014:17"
Temperatures are rising, and the sun is showing its face again. For me this is brilliant, my mood and life in general always improves when the weather is good. After a week of break it was getting back into that university grind. The end of the semester is nearing, and with it workload is increasing. Significantly. […]Read more "That Weekend Roadtrip|2014:16"
If something is important to you, you don’t think in excuses, you think in opportunities.
I am currently in the the last phase of my training. It is hard, and 12-14 sessions per week take a lot out of you. Physically, but also mentally. It is not always easy to motivate yourself to go out there and get in the water and do the work. Oftentimes I sit in my room thinking stuff like ‘it’s actually kinda chilly outside’, ‘it is really windy, I cannot train properly like this’ or ‘the water is really low, I better stay in and so some schoolwork’.
The thing is, it can be hard to try to convince your mind to do the stuff you have to do. A trick I picked up somewhere is to not think. Just do. Your body is much more easily controllable then your mind, and it will not make up excuses. Your mind will follow later, when you are halfway through your training. Don’t let thoughts control your mind, just go out there and seize every bit of time that you have!Read more "If something is…"
A week of vacation always goes by faster than you think, especially if you train twice a day! Sessions are becoming shorter, but sprints are becoming harder and harder. Feeling close to puking is not an exception during the lactic sessions my coach Michael plans. I am feeling very confident about my physical shape though, […]Read more "That Spring Break|2014:15"
A short little edit I made of some paddling I did on the Troja whitewater course 2 weeks ago. Footage was meant for analysis and was shot by Michael van den Boogaard.
Song: Chiddy Bang – Intro
Another week has passed since my training camp in Prague. I was unlucky enough to dive head first into midterm week upon return, with some essays due and exams to be passed. Fingers crossed, it went well. Training was on the down-low, as I was recovering from straining almost every tendon in my shoulders. Writing […]Read more "That Wintercup #3|2014:12"
So after travelling for about 12 hours yesterday, I am back in Middelburg. I was in Prague for the past week, for some whitewater training on the Troja whitewater course. Prague is one of the best courses internationally (the 2013 World Championships were hosted here) and it showed. A lot of international teams came and […]Read more "That Whitewater Training| 2014:11"
So last week was a good week. Training was pretty chill as we were tapering for our training camp in Prague, which is this week. School however was busy. Studying hard in preparation for being absent for a week. Also giving the first (graded) presentation and scoring an A- was pretty neat. Another highlight of […]Read more "That Prague Vibe|2014:10"
*This is my take on the issue. I do in no way claim to be superior or right in any way, this is just how I feel about the issue. If you want to disagree, support, or bring anything new to the table, there is a comment section around here somewhere, so feel free to […]Read more "ICF to drop C2 and K2 in exchange for Women’s Canoe: What now?"
Although I am writing this in a train that is not moving (some person felt the need to express her displeasure with life and throw herself in front of it), this week has been a good one. Uni work has been okay, I have had fun paddling in Middelburg and even lifting some heavy weights […]Read more "That Pure Joy| 2014: 9"
A wise Man makes a Rival into a valued Ally
Since October, I have quite some time training with 2 rivals and friends: Marnix Teunissen and Dirk Hermans. Both of them had great seasons in 2013 and are the top of the country. I had been competing against them for 5 years. This winter we decided to train more often together under the name ‘Team NSB’. For motivation, and for fun. Daring each other to try new moves, go tighter and faster on combinations, that is how progress is made!
However, they are still rivals for the U23 and Senior national team in 2014. Hopefully the progress has made us just that little bit better than the rest!Read more "A wise Man makes Rival into valued ally"
Another week down. Uni is becoming more and more work, and the first layouts and proposals for essays have already been made. It gets more and more key to balance both kayaking and school, but I think I have found a working formula. Training has been going well, and I was putting down personal bests […]Read more "That Wintercup Mediocrity| 2014: 8"
Success is the sum of all small efforts day in and day out.
I read a bit of text that described an interesting feature. In the short term, skipping one session in a week that contains 12-14 may not seem like a big deal. It is just one out of 14 sessions right?
Wrong. Imagine you skip those 60 minutes of training every week. In the end you will end up with a training deficit of 52 hours compared to those who did commit to that one session. 52 hours is a massive difference in competition preparation. Don’t skip training, that’s what I am trying to say.Read more "Success is the …"
This week was all about recovery and adjusting. Finding a rhythm in school, training, sleeping and life in general. Bouncing back from a throat-infection-like-event, the week of training was actually kind of good. It was really windy throughout the week, so I had the feeling as if I was paddling through sand. During the sessions […]Read more "That Addiction to Exhaustion| 2014: 7"
It is hard enjoying something you didn’t work for.
Take for example a weekend during vacation. Normally a weekend would be a nice break after a week of studying or working. In a vacation however you don’t have that, and you can’t enjoy the weekend as such. This is also the case with training. Everything becomes a lot more enjoyable when you know you have put in the work in a tough training session. Food is better, chilling is better. Even class is more pleasant to be in because you can still feel the hurt in your shoulders from training.
So train hard and enjoy the hurt afterwards!Read more "It is hard enjoy something you didn’t work for."
So back in the Burg, life has picked up. It requird some adjusting, coming from a six week break to get back into a productive university life. In terms of academic work I have tried to pick up work as well as I could, I now read all my homework and take a bunch of […]Read more "That First Week Shock|2014:6"
“A Man’s True Enemy is Doubt.”
In canoe slalom, in order to succeed, one must be aware of one’s capabilities and have full trust in them. As such, train like you should and have no reason to doubt, which will lead to success.Read more "A Man’s True Enemy is Doubt"
As I write this the winterbreak has ended, and the classes have started again. In fact, I am sitting in a classroom at the moment. Time to do a short recap of the break and look forward upon of what is going to happen next. The break has been long, since 6 weeks can be […]Read more "That New Beginning| 2014:5"
So this week was not the best. Again some major ups and downs, but this time mostly downs. Frankly a lot of bad luck. The week started off bad when on Tuesday my laptop decided to catch fire while I was using it. After I plugged in the AC adapter, smoke came out ventilation. Some […]Read more "That Teaching Experience|2014: 4"
Even though the title may suggest something different, this is actually quite a cheerful post. It has been a great week of training, completing 12 sessions in a good fashion. This weekend I visited a friend in Leiden with some fellow kayakers to celebrate his birthday, which was great. Afterwards I went to Middelburg to […]Read more "That Moment of Misery|2014: 3"
After New Years, spending some time with my family and eating a ridiculous amount of oliebollen, I did a couple of sessions on the flat and in the gym. It felt good, and although they were not too intense, the progress from the last months is showing off. I have also made some slight adjustments […]Read more "That Visit Weekend|2014: 2"
So this is what it is like living in a war zone. With the fireworks still mimicking artillery sound outside my bedroom window, I decided to go to bed after a calm night with my parents. Simply put, I am done with 2013. It was a year with some major ups and some deep downs. […]Read more "That Happy New Year Post |2014: 1"
So it has been a while… A while in which a lot has happened. Races were won, lost, new people were met, new places were visited. Because I cannot express all this in detail I will endeavour to make an interesting summary. The first race of the summer were the German Junior Championships hosted in […]Read more "That Long Overdue Blogupdate"
It has been a while since the last update, and as ever, there is loads of stuff to talk about. My last update had a rather negative tone to it, this one will be more optimistic. I finished my second semester at Roosevelt Academy. As always, I had a lot of fun, and enjoyed my […]Read more "And so summer begins…"
Kayaking is not a fancy, shiny sport. Athletes have to endure extreme colds during training in winter, sleeping in very unorthodox places (think schools, cellars), camping far outside of the camping-season, dying inside during trainings and races when the lactic is slowly devouring your arms and having their feet hurt every time they step into […]Read more "Losing."
Only 4 days left until I depart for Brittany. Destination: Eurolypmiques 2013. Three races over three different courses across the French province. The stages will be: Roches du Diables, Lochrist and Lannion. Competition level will be ridiculously high. Many Olympic medallists, World Champions and World Cup winners will be at the starting lines. In this […]Read more "Eurolympiques Preview"
Testing my new kayakRead more "Galasport Sonic test"
After a relaxing break at home ending 2012, consisting of conditioning session on the flat water and some chores around the house, 2013 started off with some big events for the next season. Prague We left off for Prague 11:00 AM the first of January, much to the dismay of some. I personally did not […]Read more "2013, a fresh start!"
Writing this update on the train back to Mierlo, I feel as though I have just closed the first chapter of university life. The closing gala of yesterday evening was fantastic, but now it is back to training hard throughout the winter period/break. The first semester at Roosevelt Academy was great. The courses were generally […]Read more "The semester started …. and it’s over!"
Although it has only been 2 weeks since my last update, quite a bit has happened. After the race in Sauheid, in which I, due to corrected results, finished faster than I thought I did, I went into midterm exam mode to make those as good as possible. Rhetoric was average, World History went well. […]Read more "Autumn Update: No carbs, Ceské Budejovice and goals for the winter."
This weekend marked the end of my competitive season this year as I now take 1 week rest and then start preparing for 2013. The scene of this race was the Royal Mava Club Sauheid, sited in a suburb of the Belgian town Liège. We arrived there at 10:00, and with the race starting at […]Read more "Coupe du Belgique 2: Belgian Inefficiency"
Writing this on the train on the way back to Middelburg, this weekend marked the end of a long Holland Cup season. The Holland Cup series are mainly raced on flat or slightly wild water, and therefore many people regard them as not ‘important’. However lots of people still take proud in winning in these […]Read more "Holland Cup season wrap up"
It’s been too long since I have posted. I would make a lot of excuses, about being busy, but I just didn’t do it, or postponed it untill another big event happened. So hereby the summary of my summer. After work my days were mostly filled with training and relaxing, nothing special. I was […]Read more "Summer wrap-up!"
After two weeks without competitions it was time to get back in the game! The course for the 4th leg in the Holland Cup series was the VKC course. It starts with a piece of flat/slowly flowing water, then a short paddle under 3 bridges and then through the ‘Volmolen’ which is a drop of […]Read more "Shame, but that’s the sport…."
Another weekend of racing finished. After rounding of my exams on Wednesday my focus shifted to the Holland Cup race in St-Oedenrode. A busy weekend was coming up. I decided to race downriver on Saturday. This was the first ‘classic’ downriver race I’ve competed in. Despite my lack of experience, things went quite well. The […]Read more "Holland Cup 3: “Killing”"
Exam week 2 is officially over since last Friday. I wrote six exams, which all (fingers crossed) went quite well. I had one incredibly heavy day with math and Greek on the same day, yet I managed to do well. Although I have exams, training has been going well. Weather’s been great, so the circumstances […]Read more "Exam week 2 update"
So last Monday exams started. I kicked the week off with Dutch, just like every Dutch VWO student. Dutch went pretty well, although the text chosen by CITO wasn’t suited for an exam, as stated by the author. I got lucky because she also found an error in the correction form, which made my at first false […]Read more "Exam week 1 update"
Last 2 weeks have been quite difficult to me. Starting my VWO exams tomorrow, my focus was to be mainly on studying, so that I could write my exams well prepared with maximum results, yet this was not meant to be. Thoughts I went to Hohen Limburg last sunday, for some training at the ‘Wildwasserpark’ there […]Read more "Thoughts and Whereabouts"
Last sunday, the 29th of april, a race was held in Sauheid, near Liège. I had been at Sauheid once before. The track consists of a piece of flatwater, one major drop and then a couple of small waves. The course they set this year was really difficult. Because the drop, while it runs next […]Read more "Coupe du Belgique 1"
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