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‘An easy life is never exciting’

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The life of Sven Nys

‘An easy life is never exciting’

Ex-veldritkampioen, team manager, gastcommentator, keynotespreker, fietsambassadeur and entrepreneur he was. Since this week, the coach Sven Nys now also a private levensbijbel. “I have a feeling that I have victories to achieve.’

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Sven Nys as a speaker: ‘Clammy hands, dry mouth, chills, high heart rate. As in the past for a world cup.’ Dick Demey

The life of Sven Nys

‘An easy life is never exciting’

Ex-veldritkampioen, team manager, gastcommentator, keynotespreker, fietsambassadeur and entrepreneur he was. Since this week, the coach Sven Nys now also a private levensbijbel. “I have a feeling that I have victories to achieve.’

Benedict Vanclooster

Baal ‘There are three kinds of people, ” says Sven Nys. ‘Those who continue to cling to the past, those who currently take it, and those who care about their future. I have always belonged to the latter kind.’ No, Winners have a plan, the fifth book of Sven Nys, is not just another sports review on a veldritcarrière in February 2016 ended. “As with my keynotes should be the book to inspire people to live their lives in hands to take and to keep.’ On the sun-drenched terrace of his house in Bale distill the Cannibal seven life lessons that he gained on what he himself is ‘the university of cyclo-cross.”

1. Step out of your comfort zone

“The last time I was out of my comfort zone am came, it was a month ago. I was in Antwerp invited to for five hundred of entrepreneurs a pep talk to keep. Twenty minutes, no powerpoint presentation or preparation on paper. After lawyer Walter Damen and mayor Bart De Wever was the turn of Sven Nys, an ex-cyclist. Clammy hands, dry mouth, chills, high heart rate. As in the past for a world cup.’

“We all have the tendency to push us to surrender to routine, for out of our own comfort zone means the ourselves difficult. People want an interesting life, people want an easy life, but an easy life is never boring. You have to dare to lose. If you have an assignment outside of your comfort zone to a good end, that gives incredible satisfaction.’

“Who others copy, lagging always behind’

“When my presentation on applause, was well received, I felt the same adrenaline as before to winning a match. A lot of ex-athletes had me on the end of my career, however, warned: “It will never be the same, you will the thrill of victory miss.” Until the day of today I experience that different and I have the feeling that I have victories to achieve.’

2. Think outside of the box

‘The same Sven Nys who are now full houses last week, was used as a small boy, very shy. I am evolved, because I was lucky enough to be my talent to be able to discover. Thanks to the teacher of the fourth grade: she made me two times in a very different way under pressure. One time by me giving a talk to give, where I bestierf of the nerves, the other by me on the playground my arts to show my BMX bike, what makes me feel very good. That day I was there me aware of the fact that a man is much more than he suspects, as he but his passion to practice.’

That is why it is so important that in school and by parents, sufficient space is created for children, their creativity and talents to discover. The younger, the better. That is today not always self-evident. At school, children are too often in a box pushed to in the same way, training to get. Parents sometimes have the tendency to get their child to push in the direction of that specific sport or hobby, while they understand as much as possible, doors will be wishing to get their child his true passion or talent, to help discover.’

3. Go your own way

“My life is now much busier than in the past, exercise gives me the energy to that rhythm to keep’

“Who others copy, lagging always behind. The lag has always been in my nature to go my own way. Now, if I’m on a cyclocross come, I see many things where I participate on the basis of the lag and subsequently following have been received: my build-up to a veldritseizoen, the placements during the winter, warming up on rollers, my diet, the merchandising …’

“Even today, as team manager, I try to with Telenet-Fidea cycling team Lions to distinguish. In the past, our youth groups with the same material supported as the pros. We have the youth split off and under the other dome is placed, the AA-Drink jongerenteam, so that our youth is now much more than ever, the dream treasured in order to profteam to push. In AA Drink, where we sixty guide young people, we have the Sven Nys Academy built, where we have five hundred children education and their passion to learn and discover. All together, we’re talking about a team of nearly six hundred athletes, the basis for a long and qualitative future of cyclo-cross in Flanders.’

4. Don’t be afraid of ambition

‘Ambition need not be a dirty word, quite the contrary. I would, on my 42nd, can say: “Find it all out, I’m going to go to my pool in the sun lazing around.” But I am not made to do nothing. I find that you ambition must have to be motivated to wake up and have fun with life. It would be a sin to do nothing with everything I have in my career, have built and learned. In that short period of time that we have on the world around, I think that we should use our talents and goals to pursue.’

5. Aim is not always to one hundred percent

“That may sound strange from the mouth of Sven Nys, but not if you know that the other side of the coin I have known in my ongoing quest to 100 or 110 percent. Between 2000 and 2002-2003, for example, I wanted my borders continue to shift: even more train even more on my food scale to weigh, less and less social contact – because that was supposedly tiring. It Was in this way, I continued, that had, perhaps, to a burn-out.’

‘The birth of Thibau is my happiness. His coming has helped me more away from my sport. Therefore I say: sometimes it is sufficient to eighty percent as an ideal target. If that last twenty percent is so much energy and so much frustration with it, you better have some gas to take back.’

‘Set the bar lower, put I also need to do in my penultimate season, in the period of my divorce. The worries and uncertainty had on the duration of a physical impact. I got an infection in my hand, and my elbow started to hurt, while I am nowhere bumped. I then at the right moment the focus shifted to my personal situation, instead of obstinately success to continue to pursue in my job. Not, of course, all the more so because the media pressure opvoerden with stories about my so-called season too many.”

6. Make time to move

‘As many people as possible to exercise is not only the mission of Golazo, the company where I am very closely involved in that, I am also the mine. Even more than during my career, I am aware of the importance of sport: to make you to feel good in daily life, make connections to their region in a fun way to get to know and hopefully even on this earth a little longer to be allowed to walk around.’

‘Since I, as a cyclist stopped am, there are days that I can’t exercise. Paradoxically, I am there, tired of. As the days without sports is to follow up, I just have more sense to be in the seat to sit down, taste the food less and I get in the morning, worse from my bed. My life is now much busier than in the past, exercise gives me the energy to that rhythm to keep and helps to take distance.’

7. Does not burn all the bridges behind you

“Sometimes we think that we are in a very large world, but that is relative. Sooner or later you will come together again. So, if you have to say goodbye to someone, by a marital breakdown, or at work, you can do that but better in a correct way to do it.”

‘The cross is by definition a small world. As team manager I have to get there so the more to keep in mind. I’ve also always been somebody who fights out of the way. Only Tom Meeusen is the farewell not turned out as I wished. Good news is always nice, but someone had to say goodbye to a piece of his dream or job security to buy, by far the hardest of my current working life”.

Winners have a plan, Van Halewyck, 224 p., 19,99 euro.

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