Training highlights of my first weight training this year (01-01-2016).
18 Jan 2016
Since I’m living, training and sleeping like a professional athlete I’m really focussed on my food intake. I love eating, but it also has to be healthy and unfortunate I’m at the moment pretty high in my fat (around 10%, which is fine for now but when the competition starts I have to go to at least 8%). The combination of healthy and delicious is hard to find, especially for me because I’m always hungry. Lucky for me I had a classmate (Sabine) at high school who is really in to the food and healthy lifestyle so I asked her for advice and she was so sweet to help me lose weight and give great tips about a healthy lifestyle. It felt great and was an instant success. While I was busy with working towards my dream she started her own foodblog. She has great recipes, my favourite is the smoothie with banana, mango and red fruit. I love it and recommend it to everyone. For more awesome recipes check her website: http://foodbybien.nl/. The recipes are in Dutch but if you don’t understand it I can also help with the translation because they are worth it.
I started track & field when I was very young because a lot of friends went on it. When I was little I won almost everything but when I went to high school I almost stopped with training and didn’t do anything. In 2011 my old coach asked me if I could run some league matches and that went pretty well enough for the Championship entrée limits. So I started to train for the 100m, 200m and the long jump(pb’s when I was 17: 11.42 / 23.10 /6.30m). Surprised as I was I pulled it through the finales. After that year I woke up and started to train more. I also received a letter from the national association to ask if I wanted to train every Saturday with a trainer from the association in our province. I also started to focus on the 100m & 200m (200m: 22.69) because of the change of injures at long jumping. This year I because 5th on the 200m but all of my competitors were a year older so I thought next year would be mine but then I tore my anklets in a forest training and in the game season I tore my hamstring. When I recovered I started working with a new coach and put all the effort in the 200 & 400m. I started to life for it and did everything I had to do to succeed. This was my first year and my breakthrough at the 400m with my 7th place at the final of the Dutch Championship for seniors. I ran against a lot of old guys and was one of the youngest in the field. This gave me a lot of motivation for the upcoming year and trained very hard. I was unlucky though and had a little injuring at my hamstring in the competition season. When I was recovered from that I started to train very hard, probably too hard and injured my meniscus. It was too late but I wanted to run so badly I tried some competition and ran the Arena Games. This was a very experiencing competition because I ran against a couple of good athletes (Josh Mance, Samuel Garcia and two good runners from South Africa). Josh Mance is a great sprinter from the States, he has already won a lot including Olympic silver at the relays 4x400 and gold at World's in the relay. I learned a lot but unfortunately the wind was very hard so fast times were not possible. I am now getting ready for a new Track & Field season. I hope, know and will be better this year.