12.13.2014

Cyclocross: Sven Nys "Top level sport is like balancing on a tightrope"

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Sven Nys is in Mallorca, training
Source: Gazet van Antwerpen, in English here:
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/sven-nys-im-only-human

Sven Nys:
"I have good feelings on the bike. Only the results in the field are less than expected. 
The osteopath straightened me out as often happens during the season, apparently I was a bit lopsided. But that can't explain why I was so bad in Overijse. I don't feel sick and my blood test results prove that I'm not. But I can't pinpoint a single cause. I think everything has played a part.
As soon as I get back to being successful, then I probably look back on this as a very instructive period. It is not the first time that I'm in such a dip. I'm only human and not a robot. Maybe I gave the impression that everything went smoothly over the years but that is not so.
What bothers me most is that the criticism went too far. Especially since those comments often come from people who praised me a month earlier and said that I'd continue to dominate until I was 50. To change from one day to another, to claim that I'm too old, goes too far. Maybe that's why I feel less good about myself.
I can live with people expressing themselves after they saw that my career was a success for many years but these people have no right to deny me pleasure in my sport. I want to stop in a decent way.
I remain calm and want to make sure I take enjoyment from my sport. Top level sport is like balancing on a tightrope. I can't predict when I'll be back on that rope but I feel I'm going in the right direction and hope to be back to my old self at Christmas time.
These young guys are not a curse for me. They keep me focused and motivated. I have no trouble getting down from my throne. At the age of 38 you must let go of certain things. Those who can't do that are old and frustrated riders. And that's the last thing I want to be."

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