Richmond, New York, Bahamas, Japan, Frankfurt2015-11-05
After the World Championships, my wife, my son and I visited New York and the Bahamas. First some sightseeing and then just relaxation. We had a great vacation, went diving and simply enjoyed the beach, the warm water and the time together. By the way, I didn’t touch my bike for four weeks.
The start of training and the new season then took place for me in Japan, where I took part in the Saitama Criterium, which I won. Japan was a great experience. The land is just totally different from what I already know. And the fan culture is crazy. You feel like you are a member of a Boy Group, surrounded by squealing fans. I would probably have suffered even more in the race without that great atmosphere. I rode the race with basically no preparation – a classic cold start.
The other events which were offered to us were also interesting. For example, we did some archery, which is a big tradition there.
Meanwhile I have done some training, ridden a few kilometers with the mountain bike and been running. I want to have the first real aching muscles behind me as early as possible. Actually I shouldn’t say that after a few minutes running my muscles hurt so bad that I could barely bend over ;-) But that is how it is after the end-of-season break. And there is a reason why cyclists don’t really run much...
Over the weekend I was in Holland, where I had a few things to do for the team. I was not at the official team meeting because I was in Japan. So I had appointments for photos, videos and interviews. Plus we went over the past season and made rough plans for 2016.
The first team training camp will be in December and until then I will try to come to my normal level, so that I can then concentrate on preparing for the spring. I will keep you up to date!