CECILIE UTTRUP LUDWIG

CERVÉ LO BIG LA

Procycling - - Prologue -

Tick tock, tick tock… the count­down to the sea­son start has be­gun! Am I ex­cited? Oh yeah, I’m as hun­gry as heck to pin on a num­ber again. But there is an el­e­ment of ner­vous ex­cite­ment with the up­com­ing sea­son. To see whether the hun­dreds of kilo­me­tres of train­ing I have ac­cu­mu­lated dur­ing win­ter will be enough. I may get an in­di­ca­tion when the team meets at pre-sea­son train­ing camp, but I guess I won’t re­ally know un­til we start rac­ing. For now I will keep my eye on the ball and fo­cus on pre­par­ing in the best pos­si­ble way. That’s all I can do. As sim­ple as it may sound, stay­ing healthy can be key (among pa­tience, de­ter­mi­na­tion and dis­ci­pline) to suc­cess­ful prepa­ra­tion for the sea­son.

Even though I’m sup­posed to have a Vik­ing’s DNA be­cause I’m from Den­mark, I tend to get sick eas­ily when I change from a warm and dry cli­mate to a cold and wet one (or the other way around). Since I travel a lot I pay at­ten­tion to this. An­other is­sue con­nected with travel is the ex­po­sure to un­fa­mil­iar germs that can put my im­mune sys­tem on the fritz. I’m par­tic­u­larly alert with hand hy­giene. Call me crazy, but when I open a door in pub­lic places (es­pe­cially in pub­lic toi­lets) I use the sleeve of my shirt to cover my hand in or­der to avoid con­tact with the door­knob. I don’t like the idea of touch­ing a hotspot for bac­te­ria with my bare hands and giv­ing a vir­tual hand­shake to every per­son who has re­cently touched that door­knob. I do a lot to pre­vent get­ting sick. I dress warmly in sev­eral lay­ers, eat plenty of fresh vi­ta­min-rich fruits and veg­gies, drink PLENTY (of wa­ter ;-) ) to stay hy­drated, get a long and good night of sleep… The list is long. Maybe I’m mak­ing a big thing out of it, but as a cy­clist I de­pend on my health. If I’m sick I can’t do my job. I need to be on top of my game for every race oth­er­wise I can’t com­pete on a high level.

And an equally im­por­tant in­gre­di­ent to great achieve­ment in cy­cling is a good spirit in the team. I know sev­eral of the new team mem­bers this year. They are great girls, and I’m sure they will con­tribute to a pos­i­tive vibe on the team. And as I al­ways say: happy head, fast legs.

Cecilie out clock­ing up the train­ing kilo­me­tres as she pre­pares for 2018

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