Roger van den Haak

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Raising funds for research to prevent and cure cancer

Last year was my first time participating in Alpe d'HuZes. It was impressive and felt as a privilige to be able to bike up the mountain to raise money for the fight against cancer.

Of course the fight continues and I am happy to be able to participate once more. 

Inspired by and thankful for my brother's recovery, I am confident that some day we do not have to lose friends, family or anyone to this awful disease anymore. But seeing other friends and relatives struggle with this disease, I realize that it will require a lot of further research and funding. Just trying to contribute my little part to it.

In respect to those who are currently fighting off this disease and in respectful memory to all those who have, please join me in this fight and donate whatever you can to this all-embracing cause. Thank you.

My Updates

128 Days until the challenge of 126 bends, climbing up the Alpe d'Huez.

So, about time to give the bike a good scrubbing (won't be the last of course) and to start thinking about optimizing the gearing a little (putting on a 12-36 cassette).

Indoor training with GCN - 1 Hour Indurance Session

Time for some mudguards (removable)

126 days till 126 curves: no days to lose. So, although they are quite ugly, still installing mudguards. They are easily removable. Will allow me to ride in wet road conditions while not getting my butt, feet and rucksack too wet.

Did an hours HIIT indoor cycling workout in the meantime. Just to build that general endurance.

126 days to go: looked like a beatiful afternoon for riding.

Unfortunately I had to train indoors anyway. But it was a good training: 1 hour HIIT.

Icey bicycle paths today

Icey bicycle paths today: I just wasn't as brave as other cyclists. So the attached picture isn't mine.

Definitely not as brave as people fighting cancer. Giving-up/not going is not an option for them. Respect!

Just an indoor Sweet Spot interval training for me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTpajIMZKz8&t=115s 

 

What a privilege to be training in the Dutch Dunes this afternoon.

Sunny, cold, little wind and such a nice view. Apparently those little bumps are more of a challenge than I hoped they would be: the average speed is not where I would like to see it. But OK there's more training ahead.
 
This evening I learned that nowadays 64% of cancer patients recover (in the Netherlands). Of course that is a great number but we want to reach a situation where there is no casualties of cancer anymore. That requires even more research.
 
And a new type of care may need to be developed. With more and more people surviving cancer, there actually is more (former) patients living with cancer. That brings new mental challenges, which will need to be addressed.
 
 

Patience versus guts

My patience with riding my brand new bike turns out to be bigger than my guts. Just didn't have the b*lls to go out riding in the rain and 'storm' this morning. So, kept it to a low cadence, high resistance indoor workout this evening.

I do feel privileged to support the true brave women and men fighting cancer. 

Typical Dutch - and loving it

Riding along the Ringvaart into the wind, passing mills. It felt good to be riding in Holland!

It was like an interval training today. At least parts of it: warming up the new disc breaks was like go-and-stop, or riding with the breaks on. When that didn't slow me down, it was the head wind.

"Hey dude, where's my Wahoo?!"

Misplaced my Wahoo somewhere, cannot find it. Ah well, it will pop-up if I do not look for it. Funny how you would almost spend your training time on searching for your bike computer, instead of training.
 
It's not so bad to train without once-in-a-while, and just depend on your body signals. Actually you should always go by those first. All this technology and data is great fun, motivational and can be insightful but learning to read your own body signals is crucial.
 
Nothing like a 60 minute GCN Endurance workout to do just that.

A little bit of 'cyclist heaven'

Another typical Dutch day to go out riding, yesterday. The flag is flying proudly, against a cloudy sky. You're getting beat-up by the wind from seemingly all sides. Then for just a few seconds it is silent, windless, thin rays of sun warm you up: feels like 'cyclist heaven'.

Riding around and over the highest point of the country

Alpe d'HuZes prepping this weekend. Riding around and over the highest point of the country. My international colleagues can hardly suppress their laughter . But indeed this is like little Switzerland: cold and snowing. And if you are really tired and light in the head the 'Italian path' looks a little like the slopes of Tuscany. 22% up the Keutenberg was somewhat unexpected and tough. All in all some decent hill riding training, good team building and great fun.

Riding around and over the highest point of the country.

Alpe d'HuZes prepping this weekend. Riding around and over the highest point of the country. My international colleagues can hardly suppress their laughter . But indeed this is like little Switzerland: cold and snowing. And if you are really tired and light in the head the 'Italian path' looks a little like the slopes of Tuscany. 22% up the Keutenberg was somewhat unexpected and tough. All in all some decent hill riding training, good team building and great fun.

Thank you to my Sponsors

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Dirk & Helonne Huizinga

Succes buurman!!!

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Linda-Karen Wulffraat

Kom op Roger! Ga je vanaf mijn vakantie adres weer volgen hoor. You can do it. BAM!! ??

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Mat, Sanne & Wolf

YOU CAN DO IT!

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Anonymous

Veel succes gewenst uit Nijkerk!!!

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Roger Van den Haak

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Lex en Simone

178 x het kopje van bloemendaal !! Succes Roger!

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GO GO GO!

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Succes! Zet ‘m op!!

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Kim Schoemaker

Zet hem op, Roger!!

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Marc en Yvonne Van der Meer

Roger Go Go Go, en hup 6 X die berg op??? SUCCES.

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Anonymous

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Lauren Daley

Way to go Roger and Cyberfighters!

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Anonymous

Pa is geweldig trots op je !!!!!

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G Blees

we leven met je mee; veel succes

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Paul van Bladeren

Succes, Roger.

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Fabian

Respect kerel. Dit jaar voor de 6! Go for it!

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Anonymous

Succes Roger! Mooi doel.

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Tickets Easter Breakfast

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Gorkem Kilic

Success Roger!

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