"True nobility lies in being superior to your former self", EH.
As a young promising cyclist I had to quit unexpectedly with high level sports due to an injury. It was a hard blow at the time but with the passion for sports burning inside from early childhood, sports kept on playing an important role in my life. After 2 years of studying in the army, which was not my cup of tea to express it gently, I started studying Phyisotherapy at KU Leuven always with the goal in mind to work with athletes one day. In this period I also fell in love with triathlon first as an athlete and with the inspiring lessons of professor Peter Hespel I quickly found my self fascinated with exercise physiology and coaching.
Proper biomechanics are crucial to me and I m happy that I was able to work with Kris Vinken as a swim coach in this period and Robbie Billen with who we started to give Running Smart Running sessions. Step by step I found myself more becoming a coach and less physio as I felt the commitment/joy of the athletes I was coaching and I wanted to prevent them of making the mistakes I made as an athlete.
Together with my colleague Cedric Slock I started the Turtles Triathlon project and it's rewarding to see how some of these underdog athletes are developing year by year. For some of them we are now aiming for the top to be an Olympian some day, for others we try to be the best in Belgium.
I truly believe you can only reach your fullest potential if you have the right values in life so mutual respect, being humble are essential for me if you want to join the training crew. Ultimate goal is developing an athlete/person who's able to take autonomous decisions in racing/life in order to be successful. Therefore I also want to thank all the people mentioned above for making me a better person or coach and all the athletes I worked with for pushing me all the time to be the best as well.
To stay up to date about the science behind triathlon I depend on authors like Inigo Mujika, Didier Cholet, Ludovic Seifert, Stephen Seiler, Asker Jeukendrup, Frans Bosch and reading about/talking with/listening to and observing top coaches such as Malcolm Brown, Darren Smith, Joel Filliol and others.
When I'm not thinking about sports I consider myself as a lifetime traveller, an obsessive music fan (from Bob Dylan to electronic music), play(ed) guitar and piano and finding my inspiration in books from Jack London, Hemmingway, Kundera, GG Marquez to Steinbeck. I'm in love with Spanish culture and language, vegetarian and co founder of Magnus Physiotherapy. You start to feel slow when being around top level athletes that's why I try to keep in shape with some (trail)running and climbing to keep a small part of my remaining sport self esteem intact.
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”