Jan Van Den Broeck prepares himself for the season in height tent

This weekend it will be a first test for many athletes during the provincial championships. Saturday is organized in Lebbeke, Sunday is the meeting in Beveren. Jan Van Den Broeck then leaves his high altitude tent for a 400m race. Just like last winter, Jan Van Den Broeck, like his clubmate Niels Platteau, wants to get the most out of the altitude tent.

I first experienced an internship in Albufeira, Portugal, where the training conditions with temperatures close to twenty degrees were practically ideal. But on April 15 I crawled into the tent again. I intend to spend about 12 hours a day in it for a month. "

'Of course, most of the time is spent sleeping. Because there is less oxygen available anyway, the fatigue causes me to find sleep quickly. Fortunately I have no problems with the sound of the generator, which is located in another room. "

The boss boss continues to believe in the effect of the tent. 'Yes, I missed the European Indoor Championship this winter. I was in good shape at the wrong time when there were no competitions. Now there are other goals on the program. "

'To keep my contract with the Ministry of Defense, I have to submit a chrono below 1'46 op on the 800 meters. That therefore becomes the absolute priority. To reach the World Cup in Moscow, it has to go a little faster: 1'45-30 is the limit there. '

'On Sunday I will start the summer season as usual with a test at 400 meters. I certainly don't want to put time on it, because the weather conditions also play a role in such a match. I would first of all like to measure myself against a number of specialists at this distance. When I cross the finish line with a good feeling, my mission is successful. "

The rest of the programme will then be devoted to the 800 metres. The meeting in Sint-Niklaas will probably be the opening for me. Although I know I will have to take into account some fatigue as a result of my altitude training in the first few weeks.

By Willy Goossens

Source: Article from the Nieuwsblad


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