Update on my status

What a month. Echos, CT scans, mri, so many bloodtests I can’t even count them any more, emg, longfunction test, and so many other tests I can’t remember. Today it was time for an operation : a muscle biopsy. Let’s hope they figure out what the hell is wrong with me :).

It’s raining, but I don’t really care. I’m outside again! After a week of not breathing fresh air, I was finally able to leave the hospital today. Also good news is that my heart is undamaged according to the mri scan. It is however not all good news I’m afraid. I’m still forced to take a month break as my blood levels are still on the wrong side of the scale. Hopefully after that period everything will be fine again… #finallyfree

You know what we need? More heart sensors! Still under (very) tight control for the moment 🙄

Update on my status

juli 6th, 2017|

Hi everyone,

I know it´s been quiet from my side since a long time nowm but sadly that is because I simply have nothing to report.
My sickness still hasn´t been figured out, all we know is: It´s something special/unusual. I´ve been redirected to a team of docters now in the University Hospital of Antwerp who will hopefully give some answers. They seem to have found something, but they´re still doing some other tests to be sure.

In the meantime, i´m living day to day. No sports allowed, no intensity allowed, cause when I do something, I get tired very quickly.

This is proving to be the biggest challenge in my life so far, but I hope to bring some good news soon!

Thank you all for your support 🙂

What a month. Echos, CT scans, mri, so many bloodtests I can’t even count them any more, emg, longfunction test, and so many other tests I can’t remember. Today it was time for an operation : a muscle biopsy. Let’s hope they figure out what the hell is wrong with me :).

mei 24th, 2017|

Photo taken at: AZ Klina – Voluit voor Zorg

It’s raining, but I don’t really care. I’m outside again! After a week of not breathing fresh air, I was finally able to leave the hospital today. Also good news is that my heart is undamaged according to the mri scan. It is however not all good news I’m afraid. I’m still forced to take a month break as my blood levels are still on the wrong side of the scale. Hopefully after that period everything will be fine again… #finallyfree

maart 1st, 2017|

Photo taken at: Brasschaat

You know what we need? More heart sensors! Still under (very) tight control for the moment 🙄

februari 27th, 2017|

This kinda sums up February. Almost the whole month during every of the trainings, competitions and championships, I just didn’t feel good and was always tired. We decided to go back home to Belgium and get everything checked out. Sadly, today I’ve been diagnosed with myocarditis, a virus affecting the heart. I will have to put the rest of my season on hold for now and am forced to rest and recover.

februari 24th, 2017|

Money time! Arrived for the World championship in Sankt Moritz. Qualifications tomorrow and if everything goes fine the finals on Sunday. Didn’t really have the best preparation with all the sickness, but I hope the antibiotics (and all the rest) catch on (even though it’s 99% sure a virus…). Will nevertheless try my very best ✌️. #sanktmoritz #worldchampionship #thisiswhatwedoitfor #sickbutnotdead #yet #nosnownoshow

februari 17th, 2017|

Photo taken at: St. Moritz 2017

Every fairytale must come to an end and so does this one. What an amazing time I’ve had here in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Amazing country, people, buildings and artworks, and so many things to do and experience. More than 2000 athletes, 3000 volunteers, competing in 12 sports, with more than 64 countries present, and every competition broadcasted live in over 80 countries, resulting in over 1 billion (!), that’s 1.000.000.000 views! The only venue that is bigger are the actual Olympic games! Overly proud to have had the honor to represent my university, University of Antwerp, and to have been part of team Belgium. I’ve had an amazing experience, and will never forget this wonderful country and its citizens! Thank you Almaty! Thank you Kazakhstan! #athletes_village_kz #almaty #almaty2017 #universiade2017 #universiade #alpineskiing #teambelgium #sports #sport #kazachstan #fun #amazing #universityofantwerp #ua @cepbelgium @republikskishop @energetica_natura @jdmreclamebureau @marenostraalc @kissingwax @185coachingcenter @citroenantwerpen

februari 8th, 2017|

Photo taken at: Ледовый комплекс “Алматы Арена”

Last day in the athletes village here in Almaty universiade. Packing my stuff and getting ready for the closing ceremony tonight. ✌️ #athletes_village_kz #kazachstan #almaty #universiade2017 #universiade #teambelgium

februari 8th, 2017|

Photo taken at: Almaty, Kazakhstan

So… That didn’t go as it was supposed to be. I guess next time I shouldn’t go against doctors orders when they tell me I cannot race 😐. My body just wasn’t ready for racing yet, and it was a struggle for life down the course. Everything was just too slow to keep up with this fast course. So, rather disappointing, but that’s ski racing. You simply have no chance if you’re not 100%. Now all I need is some rest, enjoy the rest of my stay here in the city of apples, Almaty, before the closing ceremony and my flight back to Europe. Thank you all for your best wishes and encouragements! You’re all amazing! 👍 @shymbulak #shymbulak #skiing #race #slalom #universiade2017 #universiade #almaty #kazachstan #crocing

februari 7th, 2017|

So here is where it is going to happen tomorrow! @shymbulak ski resort! After almost two weeks of forced rest due to illness I was finally able to get my first turns on snow again. Am I nervous for tomorrow? Perhaps a bit. Am I ready for tomorrow? Absolutely not. Will I nevertheless try to put the hammer down? Absolutely! You can follow the event live on Eurosport (2?) or online on www.livefisu.tv First run will be at 5.00 am CET (yes I know 🙈), second run at 8.30 am CET #universiade2017 #almaty #shymulak #slalom #race #teambelgium #ua #universityofantwerp

februari 6th, 2017|

Photo taken at: Shymbulak Ski Resort

So. Finally arrived at the universiade in Kazachstan! 🙂 Good to see that if I spontaneously awake at night and don’t remember where I’m at, I can easily see it on the bed 😀 #universiade2017 #athletes_village_kz

februari 5th, 2017|

Photo taken at: Ледовый комплекс “Алматы Арена”

Ukrainians don’t mess around. After a forced stay here in kiev they don’t go less than a full body search to my obvious terrorism face. Happy to have snapped this picture up, but the military guy forced me to delete the others. I guess I do have a little criminal in me. Sadly these Ukrainians are not up for a bribe, at least what the hundreds of pictures have to make me believe (you can’t take picture of that picture though, that’s a crime 😒. ) #sorrysergey #willnottakeapictureofaposteragain #wonttakeanotherpicture #yesideletedthemall #look #yesallofthemsergey *handsoverphone* #sergeydeletestherest #damn #ukrainianadventures #bringingsecuritytoanewlevel

februari 4th, 2017|

Them training views though. #nofilterneeded

januari 19th, 2017|

Photo taken at: Muttereralm

Freezing cold today brrrrr ❄️❄️❄️. Still, with the right clothing you can still get a great training! #cep

januari 17th, 2017|

Photo taken at: Muttereralm

Went things don’t go your way, there are 2 ways to deal with it. Find excuses or working on a way to make it work 💪.

januari 15th, 2017|

Photo taken at: Body and Soul

2017

januari 12th, 2017|

So not really the start of the new year that I had imagined, with a string of underwhelming results. Still, I feel that things are getting better each day, the materials seem to finally come together and the feeling is getting better every single turn. At the moment we just have to stick to the plan, try out a few more things, and then the results will come! 

Last training of the year done. Thanks everyone that has supported us in 2016 and wishing everyone an awesome new year! @energetica_natura , @cepbelgium ,@citroenantwerpen, @republikskishop ,@marenostraalc , @kissingwax ,@185coachingcenter , @jdmreclamebureau

december 29th, 2016|

Photo taken at: Muttereralm

Start of the season

december 13th, 2016|

So a small recap of my first races this season. In short, nothing great to report so far. We´re still trying to work out our new technique with our new equipment and it´s obviously still going to take a while before we can get everything on a desired level. So for the moment, we´re back to training and getting our number of slapped gates up, while taking races as a mean of comparison and progress-check!
Still the season is long, so nothing to worry about! 🙂

Enjoying a Wednesday morning! ✌️

november 23rd, 2016|

Photo taken at: Berger Alm

Some might say it’s windy…

november 20th, 2016|

Throwback to last weeks Belgian only races in Stubai. Most likely the first and last day I’ll be standing on giant slalom ski’s this season (tourist 1.81m length though). It was surprisingly fun, but let’s stick to slalom 😉. @energetica_natura , @cepbelgium ,@citroenantwerpen, @republikskishop ,@marenostraalc , @kissingwax, @185coachingcenter ,@jdmreclamebureau Credit : @casablancaracingteam

november 10th, 2016|

Photo taken at: Stubai Alps

So. What a day today! #nofilter #nofilterneeded #morning #winter #winterwonderland

november 9th, 2016|

Photo taken at: Stubai Alps

I’m not in those fancy lower ski resorts yet. But who needs those when you can have (training-) days and views like these?! #scenery #smile #ski #skiing #mountains #mountain #nature #snow

oktober 31st, 2016|

Photo taken at: Stubai Alps

Another day, another training! Loving the weather! #sports #sport #active #fit #fun #skiing #stubai #training #trainingday #ski #snow #mountains

oktober 28th, 2016|

Photo taken at: Stubaier Gletscher

Happy national holiday to my Austrian friends! Enjoy your day. To my none Austrian friends. Please learn the difference between Austria and Australia! Here’s a map to clarify! #learnthedifference

oktober 26th, 2016|

Does it get any better than this? Powder skiing in the beginning and then slalom training on the harder undergrounds! 👌 #mountain #mountains #sky #beautiful #view #scenery #top #ski #skiing #nature #hike #hiking #landscape #natureporn #nature_seekers #clouds #ic_landscapes #instanature #cusp #instanaturelover #landscape_lovers #peak #landscapes #amazing #summit #wilderness #natur #photooftheday

oktober 20th, 2016|

Photo taken at: Stubaier Gletscher 3400m

Who needs plastic surgery when you can take plastic in the face while training? #fun #instagramers #instago #pretty #lol #cool #clouds #instagood #life #slappingplastic #sports #sport #active #bandaith #winter #glacier #skiing #ski

oktober 19th, 2016|

Photo taken at: Stubaier Gletscher

Another training done with the new ski’s #croc. Looooads of work still to be done, but we’ll get there… Eventually. I basically have no other option with these new coaches 😁. @energetica_natura, @cepbelgium, @citroenantwerpen, @republikskishop, @marenostraalc, @kissingwax, @185coachingcenter, @jdmreclamebureau

oktober 17th, 2016|

Photo taken at: Stubaier Gletscher 3400m

Well @cepbelgium you really knock my socks off! (I guess I couldn’t resist that pun)Won’t be running out of sport socks any time soon! Thanks! 👍#sports #sport #active #fit #ski #skiing #soccer #basketball #ball #balls #fun #game #games #fitness #recovery #running #run #play #playing #socks #cep #win #winning

oktober 14th, 2016|

Photo taken at: Axams City 😛

Did anyone say “winter?” #itshere

oktober 10th, 2016|

Photo taken at: Stubaier Gletscher 3400m

Announcing: CEP!

oktober 1st, 2016|

We´re stoked to announce our new partnership with Cep. Cep is a producer of quality pressure socks for skiing and running among many other great stuff. It´s absoletely great to be sponsored by such a company and we are looking forward to all the cool stuff we´re going to get.
Welcome to the team CEP and thank you for the confidence!

https://www.facebook.com/CepSportsBe/?fref=ts

When you’re trying to chill, but the birds want to steal your skis. I’m watching you, bird Mcbirdy. #canttrustanyone #noteventhebirds #nature #skiing #summer #fun #smile

september 28th, 2016|

Photo taken at: Soelden

Last time molenbergen 

september 22nd, 2016|

There is always that one day in the week, where training get tougher. Where you need to go all out, and die several times to get better, you know it’s tough, but you also know that it’s crucial to take the next steps in your summer preparation. That preparation is now finished. We’ve successfully absolved our trainings and I’m looking forward to the upcoming winter! 

Finally some skiing

september 18th, 2016|

So we went for some freeskiing today, getting the feeling back a bit after a long while of studying. Looking forward to standing on real snow again in the near future! =)

You know the fun begins…  

september 14th, 2016|

… When these turn green! Some great attributes for mobility,  speed and focus training! 

Master in international relations and diplomacy done! #whatdoidonow? #help?

september 10th, 2016|

Suit up! Time to defend my thesis and finalize my studies :).

september 5th, 2016|

Some balancing

augustus 31st, 2016|


Trying to mix things a bit up, with some balancing exercise to keep things fun! 

Sunday cycle

augustus 28th, 2016|

What’s better than a Sunday morning cycle through the fascinating industrial areas of Antwerp? 

A students obligatory picture of his thesis, combined with some hashtags describing how happy he is it’s finished. #happyitsfinished 😁

augustus 22nd, 2016|

A students obligatory picture of his thesis, combined with some hashtags describing how happy he is it's finished. #happyitsfinished 😁”

Go @martenvanriel ! #185 #makinghistory #youcrazyguy #6thplace #rio2016

augustus 18th, 2016|

“Go @martenvanriel ! #185 #makinghistory #youcrazyguy #6thplace #rio2016”

Dying for charity

augustus 13th, 2016|

Here´s me dying for that same charity. Apparently our expectations of “it´s all just fun and games”, was slightly wrong.

If you´re interested in the charity, or just want to know more about it, please check out their website: http://www.towalkagain.be

Triatlon for charity

augustus 13th, 2016|

Sporting is good! Sporting with friends is better!! Sporting with friends for charity is the best! We were participating at the “Sterke Peer” Trio triatlon, to the benefit of “To Walk Again”
A swimming volleyballplayer, a cycling skier and a running rally driver. What could possibly go wrong?

If you´re interested in the charity, or just want to know more about it, please check out their website: http://www.towalkagain.be

Great day at the day before tomorrow with…. Some of my belgian ski friends? @vanreuselkim @ken_de_hondt @jolien.smet @alaertskai, @… #tdbt #hometown #surprisinglyfun

juli 22nd, 2016|

Photo taken at: The Day Before Tomorrow

Republik

januari 12th, 2016|

For all my Belgian friends, don´t forget to drop by in one of the most awesome ski and running shops in this region: Republik. The shop has moved to a new location (right next to the previous one) and it´s gotten even better in my opinion. It´s a one stop if you need anything (and I really mean anything) for winter sports or (trial) running.

Website : www.republik.be
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/republikskishop
Instagram : https://i.instagram.com/republikskishop/

Thank you for your support

januari 12th, 2016|

A big, BIG thank you to Energetica Natura, a long time sponsor and supporter. Without your support we wouldn´t be were we are today!
energetica-grootCheck out their site and products on http://www.energeticanatura.com