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.