Welcome to the Off Season: Loes Gunnewijk Report #1
Geplaatst op woensdag 21 november 2012 om 07:30
Welcome to the off season. We've rounded up an assortment of
ORICA-GreenEDGE and ORICA-AIS riders to tell you about how they
spend the ever-diminishing months without races. In her own words,
Loes tells you about her first six weeks post-World
Well, the first week of training is doneski and it's time to
wake up from my 'hibernation'! After the Worlds in Valkenburg I
didn't ride my bike for a few weeks and instead I did other things
then cycling. So I had quite a long recovery
First I went on vacation with teammies Meli [Melissa Hoskins]
and Spratty [Amanda Spratt] to the Greek Islands! We relaxed in the
sun, saw the island on a quad, and watched beautiful sunset on
Santorini as I restored my bruised ribs (leftover from a crash at
Holland Ladies Tour). We did a really funny donkey ride tour to the
top of Fira in Santorini. Spratty's donkey looked like a drunkard.
He walked from left to right and back left again, and he insisted
on taking the first position. The donkeys that Mel and I rode only
walked when it suited them.
Back home in Holland, I have visited many friends and family!
During the season, I didn't see them a lot, so it was nice to spend
some time with everyone. And like a real Dutchy, I went a few times
to the indoor hall to ice skate.
At the end of October, I went to Curacao for the Amstel Gold
Curacao Race (and some vacation)! The organisation invited
pro-riders and many Dutch Olympic medal winners! We did a lot of
fun stuff mostly in or on the water. There was jet skiing, riding
on the banana boat and swimming with dolphins. I achieved my Padi
(Scuba certification) during this time! It required three days of
studying and practicing the skills in the swimming pool and open
water. The last dive was to a shipwrecked boat and a coral reef to
18m depth! Awesome!
Coming home a week ago I started with training again. This gave
my body a wake-up call, and it was a little bit in shock! I had to
adjust not only to the training but also to the weather. I went
from 30°C in Curacao to 5 °C in Holland.
Right now, there isn't much power in the legs anymore, but my
head is fresh and really looking forward to the next season. On the
weekends I did two fun rides on the cyclocross bike in the forest.
During the week, I put in two hours on the bike and went two times
to the gym to get in some strength training! It's never easy to
return to training after a period away, but I'm ready for it.
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