Spring classics

©David Rietbergen

Spring classics coming up and I know that feeling so well.
Nervous, excitement, stress, happiness…
Will I be good enough and how strong will the others be?!
What will the weather be like? Rain, wind, snow, sun?!
In reality the season have already started in Australia, but that´s different.
In my mind the real start and the big test is Het Nieuwsblad. Weather conditions in Belgium in the end of February are hard and already there you know who has done their job right this winter and who hasn´t. Of course, you have riders that don´t like this type of races and choose to start in the stage race Setmana Ciclista Valenciana (22-25 Feb.) this weekend instead or later.
But that was not me, I loved them!

Even though I retired after the 2016 season I still get the same feeling in my body around this period and it´s like I´m getting prepared even though I´m not.

Or maybe I am?

In fact, maybe I am preparing for the biggest season ever?!
All my experiences I have in finding balance between training, resting, knowledge and guts feeling comes back to me.
A normal February for me is to make the last preparations and to recognize the different courses that we will bring on once the season starts.
Last week that was exactly what we did when we went to the hospital for a visit. Knowing where to go, how it looks, the smell, the people (opponent) and when to attack…
All these aspects are important to me and to be well prepared was something I was really good at. Preparations like how to pack my bag before a race was what made me calm and gave me confidence.
So while following these first races “to prepare well”  is what I´m going to bring with me in my different kind of spring.

I have won Het Nieuwsblad two times before and I know it will never happen again. But that’s ok, this year I´m aiming for something even bigger!



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