Welcome to the Off Season: Loes Gunnewijk Report #3
Geplaatst op zondag 9 december 2012 om 10:25
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. Loes Gunnewijk
checks in from team training camp in Canberra to tell you, in her
own words, about how she spent her last week of the year in Holland
and what the team has been doing at the Australian Institute of
This past week was full of changes! First of all, it was my last
week of this year in Holland! I celebrated my birthday with my
family, and we also together did the Dutch tradition 'Sinterklaas'
(kind of Santa's brother). Everyone in the family writes their name
on a slip of paper and the papers are placed in a bowl. Each person
takes one name and makes a nice/funny poem for that person and buys
some presents. Sinterklaas normally comes on the
5th of December, but because I had to go to
Australia before that, my family was a little bit worried that he
couldn't find me and we decided to celebrate it earlier.
Also, winter came to Holland this last week and it became more
cold (0-5degrees)! I did some good MTB-rides on the Holterberg, gym
and also skating again! It was good to get some nice winter days
before flying to the summer in Australia.
I enjoyed my time at home! It was a good week to also catch up
with some friends and organize all my stuff for the trip to Oz!
I spent the weekend on the plane, and Monday morning I arrived
in Canberra. We are now together at an altitude training camp in
the AIS. That's a new experience for me! Training on your bike or
in the gym is the same like in Holland only here it's warmer.
I had a funny discussion about this with a teammate (Shara
Gillow): Is 21°C warm or cold?! She is from Queensland (AUS) and
thought it was cold and I thought it was warm! It depends where
you're coming from!
The difference is also that we train earlier in the morning here
than we do in Holland. The training starts here normally around 8
o'clock. Also we don't have kangaroos in the wild life! Today on
our way to the café for our breakfast recovery ride, I saw a few
Skippy's and it's still special.
The first few days of camp we had a pretty full schedule with
not only training, but also with working to become Masterchef
Australia. With the group, we made our own dinner a few times
(tasted really good) and we learned more about nutrition in the
This weekend I'm doing a crit that's part of the NSW Grand Prix.
I'll stay one more week here in the AIS after my race and then see
a little bit more of Australia!
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