03-04-07

Zita Swoon in Amsterdam

Sunday April 1 - Zita Swoon conquered the Paradiso in Amsterdam. Even if the sound wasn’t perfect – the show swings, moves, rock and all in a funky way. World music at its best, hell – it got even me dancing for about 2 hours. Ever since Moondog Jr I’m a fan.

 

The day before I had started by bike in Brussels to get to Amsterdam in 2 days, but fortunately I felt quickly that I didn’t have more that 150km in my legs. Wind fully ahead for about 250km is too much for me. I know pretty much my limits, and even if I decide to surpass them now and then, but this was too much. Fortunately I felt it after 60km, but had some road ahead back then. Wind in the back, it went a lot easier. Eric however did it – an admiring “chapeau”.

 

After the concert a drink with the band and some friends, and yes: Stef Kamil is a really cool guy, and he has an amazing memory… damn. The next day the entire band had a lunch at fifteen in Amsterdam just next to the SBS offices. I like fifteen and it’s concept a lot! Fortunately the food was great (or all my future recommendations would be bading in skepticism) – and our discussions went from cycling to art to music to Amsterdam and Brussels and Antwerp to Roskilde to … It was clear however that I was the only one at table who had worked already for half a day J Femmie wasn’t there though, so were going to see them at motel moziek in Rotterdam as well.

 

Anyway – Zita Swoon concert, go see as it wasn’t a one shot here in Amsterdamthe AB in Brussels seemed just as great. And if you want to have a taste of it, go to the (btw fantastic!) fabchannel.com site and play around.

 

bart

04-02-07

Ventoux - here we come!

Last year I finished the Brussels 20km, the year before I arrived at climbing the Sault side of the Mont Ventoux. I never suffered more than the last 6 km of that day. We were 12 to start, 4 to finish – and yes: I was by far the slowest J 2 hours and 30 minutes of intense but beautiful suffering. The last km even looked quite a balancing act: “how can someone climb so slow and still not fall”...

 

But some friends convinced me to participate in climbing the steepest side (Bédoin) of the Ventoux at June 9 2007. At this date, the Belgian Sporta organization brings 1000 Belgians over there, and some even try to climb it 3 or 5 times.

 

So this morning I had my first training session. Conclusion: need to start cycling at least every week-end, must throw at least 5 kilos overboard within the coming 3 months, and most importantly: find a rhythm to train at least 3 times per week … With a intense and passionate new job and quite a traveling schedule not that easy, so I’m pretty happy that I just found a sport school/fitness, just around the corner of our Amsterdam apartment – with opening hours from 7h to 24h.

 

Great incentive though: my dear Femke will join me. She started sporting a lot since her ski knee injury 3 years ago. She's actually quite a cycling talent, so I surprised her last year with a beautiful Bianchi bike. Some proper equipment is the least.

So we’re in it together!

 

Game on! Ventoux, here we come.

bart