Formed in June 09, Here Come the Belgians is a non-elite anti-team celebrating all things cross, cobbled and Belgian.
Seeking a different experience to the traditional cycling club, its aim is to harness the energy of a vibrant internet cycling community with grass roots racing and riding based around Cyclocross and Spring Classics. There is no race programme in the style of a racing team, more a collection of individual experiences through rides and racing, in whatever location a member may be, that all can share in and contribute toward.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

The secret training diary of Dr. KO

And suddenly It was mid of march, the title of the Peloton magazine did remind me of something:

Signing in for the Ronde! But no need to hurry, still three days left:

Sunday, March 13th: "Time trial"

First training just three hours as I had to get to back in time to the bakery. Rear shifting not smooth.

Tuesday, March 15th: "Flying without wings"

I was blinded by car lights and went off-road. Minor damage to myself. A compliment to the wheel builder, wheels did still work, front wheel has 1 mm off set(36 spokes, 3x, Campa Seoul). Never the less signed up for the Ronde in the evening for mental recovery, pain in the shoulder reduced by 50% because of this.

Wednesday, March 16th: "Active recovery"

Got myself some Belgian stuff to enjoy the article in the Peleton:

Thursday, March 17th: "Softie"

Weather turned during the day and in the afternoon it was colder and wet, so gave up after 15 km and sprinted for the train home.

Friday, March 18th: "A split century"

Good training weather: Light mist in the morning, could match the actual race weather.
50,5 km in the morning and 54,3 km in the afternoon. Legs felt like dead, not sure if the 700 m cobbles close to the end worked as a massage.

Saturday, Sunday, Monday March 19th-21th: "Wrong weather"

Too much sunshine, makes no sense to train outside so did some intervals on the trainer. Lost some blood shaving the legs. And looked for the secrets of Tom in Procycling. At least I could copy his three day beard, the mud will come by itself!

Tuesday, March 22th: "Some call it training - some call it shopping"

Went across the border for duathlon: some 20 km cycling, loading up the backpack with energy bars and some 20 km back. Aachen - Eupen is up and down, so the three minutes intervals on the trainers worked. For a healthy eating it is essential to have a selected range of energy bars:

BTW: Did You know that the Raffa back pack perfectly fits a triple pack of 0.7 l Chimay bottles?

Wednesday, March 23th: "Active recovery"

Went down to Freiburg to pay a visit to our member Michael Frank. Received infos why sitting on the trainer gave pain after 40 minutes. Got the essential white bar tape to look professionell! I'm getting mentally ready. I think the smell of tubular glue should give the final kick.

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