Q / WHY IS RECOVERY IMPORTANT?
A / It secures the effects of your training session. Skipping this part can throw away most of the effect of your training. Of course, the training has its own value in experiences and togetherness. However, for me it is important to develop and improve myself so I’m not willing to throw that away with sloppy after e orts. Good recovery routines are the foundation for absorbing more training loads without injuries or illness
Q / HOW DOES RECOVERY DI ER BETWEEN TRAINING AND COMPETITION SEASONS?
A / A rule of thumb is to build yourself up with more and more training during summer and autumn. When competitions start, you train less. Before an important race, such as a World Championship, I have a period of harder training, and then less training and more relaxing over the final few days. In that period I’m in ‘light activity mode’, focusing on technique and finding the right competition speed.
Q / HOW DO YOU RELAX?
A / By reading a good book, or by writing myself. In the right mood, I like to convey something that really engages me by writing it down.