Froome’s SA roots recalled by coach

first_img23 July 2013When Chris Froome became the first African-born rider to win the Tour de France on Sunday, it came as no surprise to his first coach, who revealed that the Kenyan- born, South African-educated 28-year-old had paid his dues and more in his formative racing years in South Africa.Robbie Nilsen, a Johannesburg attorney, became Froome’s first coach when his son Rory and Froome raced on the Cycle Lab Supercycling club’s Hi-Q Academy team, the road racing youth development squad of South Africa’s largest cycling club.“Chris raced largely for fun when we first came across him on a rival youth team in 2003. He was studying a B.Com with the aim of becoming a chartered accountant, and enjoyed cycling, but it wasn’t his primary focus at that stage,” Nilsen recalled on Monday.Under-23 team“There were some changes in the youth team structures in Johannesburg at the end of that year and Chris asked if we’d consider creating an under-23 section to include him and some of his teammates at the Hi-Q Academy. We were only an under-16 and junior academy at that stage, but we felt adding some under-23s would be good for the academy as that had been the original plan.”Nilsen and Gavin Cocks, the academy sponsor, whose son Edwin was also in the squad, had decided that the South African road racing landscape was too focused on the short, flat races that are so popular in the country. Nilsen put the academy riders onto periodised training plans that focused on proper endurance and strength training. Part of that strategy had them racing for only six months per year.“This worked well because for part of the year we’d still let the riders do races, but there was no pressure on them to get podiums. This made a big difference because they got to enjoy racing and when the races were longer or harder, they were hungry for success, physically strong and they excelled,” Nilsen explained.‘A super-domestique’“It’s hard to believe now, but Chris initially struggled to finish in the main peloton in the South African races, which are mostly short (around 100km) and flat. Our first goal, when I started coaching him, was to ensure he finished in the main pack. Our next goal, because Chris is so light and not a great sprinter, was to make him a super-domestique.“He was great at this and would go off on long breaks, often solo, forcing the other teams to chase and softening the finale up for the sprinters on our squad.“We focused heavily on deep endurance in training because we knew that Chris’s future was in Europe and not in South Africa. He would train for hours and hours and hours. Always calculated training, though, not just wasted mileage. He’s a smart guy and he always wanted to know exactly how the training I prescribed would benefit him,” added Nilsen.When Froome moved on to race for the South African-based Konica Minolta team in 2007, Nilsen continued to coach him.Team Barloworld“We needed Chris to race overseas, where the races suited him better. At that time, Konica Minolta was the only South African team with an international racing programme. He did really well and from there went on to attract the attention of the Barloworld team, which was South African sponsored, but Italian based.”Froome rode his first Tour de France in 2008 on Team Barloworld. He climbed many of the big mountains with some of the sport’s best ascenders and finished 16th in the 53km individual time trial on the penultimate day.“Chris only found out 10 days before the start that he was included in Barloworld’s Tour de France team. He wasn’t properly prepared for it, but the way he rode confirmed that he was indeed destined for success in this race,” said Nilsen.“I continued to coach him when he raced for Barloworld, but when he was approached by Sky, a team with a huge budget and the best sports science backing you can get, I was happy for Chris to be guided by that kind of expertise.“We are still quite close. Chris does his own contract negotiations and sometimes bounces some things off me when he needs another opinion,” Nilsen revealed.HumilityFroome’s calm temperament and humility off the bike was commented on regularly by the media during the 2013 Tour de France.For Cocks, one of Froome’s earliest sponsors, his temperament has always been an asset and the main reason he’s so well liked.“Chris has always had great manners and so much empathy. When he stayed at our home a few years ago when Team Barloworld did a race in our part of South Africa, he would help my wife wash the dishes and always made his own bed in the morning,” Cocks said on Monday.“Watching his TV interviews during the Tour de France, where you see a quiet confidence and humility, it’s the same Chris Froome as we got to know a decade ago. He is still grounded despite his amazing success,” added Cocks.“Of all the athletes I’ve coached, Chris stands out as the most disciplined and the toughest,” Nilsen reckoned. “He knows how to manage suffering, but I always was impressed with his ability to recover rapidly, an essential quality for stage racing success.Richly deserved“His victory in the Tour de France is richly deserved. But it didn’t come easily. Chris paid his dues but never let anything obscure his progression. He chased his dream, even when it seemed out of reach to others,” Nilsen said.“When Chris joined Sky in 2010, he told me he wanted to be a Grand Tour contender within five years,” said Cocks. “The following year he was second at the Tour of Spain, then second at last year’s Tour de France. And now, he’s a Tour de France winner.“It happened a lot quicker than five years, which isn’t really surprising. And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Cinema 4D to Element 3D Workflow Tutorials

first_imgA Cinema 4D to Element 3D workflow is easier than you might think.Want to use Cinema 4D models with Element 3D? The following tutorials will teach you how to bake your object textures in preparation for Element 3D, and then how to effectively import them in separate layers.Lets Bake Some TexturesBaking is essentially the process of pre-computing an object, which will speed up the process during the final render. By baking the object portions of the render process are completed ahead of time, so these portions do not have to be recomputed. Harry Frank has created a great tutorial that gives us a full rundown on how to do this process. Now Lets Split Some LayersImporting separate model layers into After Effects can be a very tricky process. Luckily for us, David Biederbeck has broken this process down and fills us in on this process. The following tutorial focuses on importing Cinema 4D models in separate layers for Element 3D.Also, David Biederbeck created an extensive tutorial over the entire workflow process between Cinema 4D and Element 3D.last_img read more

Return On Negative Emotional Investments

first_imgI stole the idea of mindset, skill set, and toolkit from Gerhard at Selling Power. There is a reason that mindset comes first in this triumvirate: without the right mindset, your skills and tools are worthless.Right now, too many people are full of fear, cynicism, and negativity. They expend a tremendous amount of emotional energy on things that are negative, draining themselves of the energy they need to produce the results they want in their lives. Most of this fear, cynicism, and negativity is around things over which they have absolutely no control. Yet that is where their focus goes.I know this. I was once infected by the very disease I am writing about here.The Investment in “Those Guys”The return on the emotional investment you make in worrying about, criticizing, or being frustrated by what other people do, say, or believe is 0.0%. You can double, triple, or quadruple your investment here without producing any positive return.Some people feel it necessary to argue that other’s beliefs on race relations are wrong, that it is unfair how wealth is distributed, that “those guy’s” political beliefs are wrong, or that some people’s religious or spiritual choices are incorrect. They believe that their problems are “those guys,” ignoring the fact that they themselves are the source of their challenges. Look at your Facebook feed.If you want to make change around some cause about which you have strong feelings, go work to make a difference. But otherwise, stop investing emotional energy on “those guys” and ruining your mindset.The Investment in Past CrimesThere are some people who carry the heavy burden that is the collection of past crimes they believe others have committed against them. Some of these crimes are real, and many are imagined. Each time these “investors in past crimes” perceive that someone has wronged them, they scratch a little line in their imaginary book next to that person’s name. They relentlessly and meticulously keep score.By investing in past crimes, you walk around assuming that everyone has bad intentions. You trust no one because no can be trusted. Everyone is suspect, and everyone has questionable motives. Even people who love you and who you are supposed to love.Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. If you are human, you will make mistakes, some great and some small. You are going to need to ask for forgiveness.Your return on investment in keeping score of past crimes is 0.0%, compounding annually.The Investment in FearSome people love to be frightened. They watch a lot of television. They get their news and information from sources that feed their fears. Because they feed their fears, the investor in fear sees the world as a dark and dangerous place. They believe that things have never been worse than they are now.Because they are so deeply invested in the scary stories they tell themselves, they refuse any information to the contrary. To those who invest in fear, the world is a carefully constructed series of conspiracies designed to ruin their life—or worse.Most of what these people fear isn’t worth fearing; none of it will come to pass. Some of what they fear may happen, but won’t have any appreciable impact on their life. But they can’t help themselves from sharing their fears and infecting others.Bad things happen. But that isn’t what your life is made of. Most of the good things that happen go unreported.Your return on investing in fear is something less than zero.The investment in believing that your problems are “those guys,” “past crimes,” or feeding your “fears,” is a life that is less than it should be. You can choose what you focus on, and you can choose what you manifest in your life. It starts with your mindset and how you invest your emotional energy. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Who are “those guys” for you?What past crimes do you need to let go?What fears are you feeding?Where do you need to make investments?last_img read more

Manu Ginobili returning for 16th season with Spurs

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES McGregor must get rough and creative to upset Mayweather Manu Ginobili. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOSAN ANTONIO — Manu Ginobili is returning for his 16th season with the San Antonio Spurs.The Spurs re-signed the 40-year-old Argentine guard Thursday. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Ginobili will become the eighth player in NBA history to spend his entire career with one team and play at least 16 seasons, joining Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, John Stockton, Reggie Miller and John Havlicek.Ginobili averaged 7.5 points, 2.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 69 games last season, In 992 career regular-season games, he has averaged 13.6 points, 3.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds. In 213 playoff games, the four-time NBA champion has averaged 14.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

Cignal showcases hard work in D-League triumph

first_imgWhen he was coaching Far Eastern U in the UAAP, Nash Racela would gush on how Raymar Jose led the Tams by example. The burly big man would go all out even during practices, thus giving teammates no excuse to slack off.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:21Little people, big lives, bigger dreams03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC That commitment became even more critical when the Hawkeyes moved their practices to 5:30 a.m. to accomodate the class schedule of Jason Perkins. Raymundo didn’t mind the switch. He just showed up earlier.“He’ll be there before 5:15,” Fernandez said. That the whole team agreed to practicing at dawn was a big reason for Cignal’s latest triumph in the D-League, where the Hawkeyes brushed aside Centro Escolar on the way to back-to-back titles in the season.“It was easy to make the sacrifice to practice earlier because we knew what Jason could do for the team,” Raymundo said.Perkins made it even easier for the team to adjust to the schedule: “Sometimes, he’ll be at the gym at 4 a.m.,” Fernandez said.But at the heart of the victory is the hard work that the team put into winning the crown.ADVERTISEMENT That’s why when Jose was doing double duty in basketball—training with the national team and anchoring Cignal’s run in the PBA D-League—coach Boyet Fernandez would often sit the former FEU stalwart during practices.“If you let him practice, he’s just going to go in there and play like it’s a game,” Fernandez said during an appearance at Sports IQ Thursday. “So rather than risk injuring him and making him unavailable for Gilas [Pilipinas], I’d just let him rest.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPamboy Raymundo’s commitment to Cignal’s D-League bid was just as solid. The tough-as-nails point guard would show up first during practice and log out after everybody had left.“He’s just out there working on his game,” said Fernandez. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Ang spearheads strong PH showing Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next “That’s why I always tell sportswriters, credit to the players. Because I really mean it. You can be a good coach but nothing will happen if you don’t have players who will follow the system and put in the hard work,” added Fernandez, who is often jokingly chided by the sports press for his oft-repeated go-to post-game interview comment.But Fernandez’ legacy in the D-League is no laughing matter. He has won eight titles in nine championship appearances. And sure, his teams were powerhouse squads on paper. But it was never an excuse for the team to give anything less than their best effort.Jose knows why. As part of the Southeast Asian Games gold-winning Gilas Pilipinas cadets squad, Jose knows being guaranteed the title doesn’t mean you will end up winning.“You still have to play hard because you don’t know what the opponent can do,” Jose said.Because of his stint with Gilas Pilipinas in the SEA Games, Jose missed the championship series, leaving the Hawkeyes without a marquee big man against a squad that featured the towering Rod Ebondo.But Raymundo and Jose, who was named D-League MVP while he was playing in the SEA Games final in Malaysia, were not concerned.“We have faith in coach,” Raymundo said, And Jose agreed. “He is very hardworking and that gave us confidence against CEU.”And with that hard work as a main weapon, there was no stopping Cignal from claiming yet another D-League crown. View commentslast_img read more

Weightlifting is far from its old confident self: Malleswari

first_imgAs India basks in the glory of medals won by the dozens in disciplines such as shooting, wrestling, boxing and athletics in the Commonwealth Games, there is one sport which has been able to win a few medals but is far from its old confident self. More importantly, its medals lack the charisma that one associates with other sports in India.I am talking about weightlifting.Indian weightlifters were the ones who opened the account for India in the 2010 Games – Soniya Chanu won a silver in the 48kg category – but have been able to add little else. There have been the odd sparks of brilliance such as K. Ravi Kumar, S. Rustam and Sukhen Dey in between but not much else to write about.The standard of competition in weightlifting at the CWG is no match for the big boys such as China, Korea and Indonesia. With the Asian Games just round the corner, we will not have to wait long to know exactly where we stand against the world champs.What is more disturbing is that Olympic medals have propelled many sports to greater heights. Take shooting for example.Rajyavardhan Rathore, 2004 Olympic silver medallist, now faces such tough competition at home that he couldn’t even qualify for the CWG.Wrestling has been successful in igniting the dreams of scores of men and women across India ever since Sushil Kumar made it to the podium in 2008. These disciplines are now the largest medal contributors.Consider now weightlifting, a sport that had an Olympic medal way back in 2000.advertisementInstead of acting as a shot in the arm for the sport, the medal proved to be a solitary high in the midst of falling standards.The record of lifting 110 kg in Snatch and 127 kg in Clean and Jerk that was set by me in the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games still stands as the Indian record after 13 years.So the question remains: what is wrong with the weightlifting scene in India? There are several reasons and as many answers. Shooting, boxing and athletics federations are mostly managed by past players who have the experience and technical expertise required to compete at the highest level.But when outsiders come and start treating any sport like a fiefdom, the performance of the players and, more importantly, their morale takes a beating.Improper selection of coaches is another sore point as it will have an impact much deeper than a temporary dip in a player’s form. The recent sexual exploitation allegations that rocked Indian sports indicate that wrong coach selection can be harmful.Poor bench strength or absence of a solid secondary team has dented Indian weightlifting dreams. Old stalwarts have long retired and warhorses such as Soniya, Sandhya Rani and Renu Bala Chanu are past their prime. In the women’s weightlifting segment, no credible talent is forthcoming.The only way to revive weightlifting in India is to identify a core group of 40- 50 youngsters and train them under world class coaches.Also, federations for, of and by the players will be a help.last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd to recall goalkeeper Joel Pereira from Vitoria

first_imgMan Utd to recall goalkeeper Joel Pereira from Vitoriaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira is being lined up for a return.O Jogo says United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is planning to recall on loan Pereira.He’s currently on loan at Vitória de Setúbal but he’s going to be called back. The report doesn’t give a reason and given United have a wealth of keepers at their disposal at the club the likelihood could be they want to sort a different loan move out for him as he’s only started one out of the last four league games. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

12 days agoSalako: Chelsea better for Zaha than Arsenal

first_imgSalako: Chelsea better for Zaha than Arsenalby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Crystal Palace star John Salako can see Wilfried Zaha succeeding with Chelsea.Salako, who coaches at Palace, says Chelsea’s game would suit the Ivory Coast star the best.”Of course (there is a concern that he may leave in January). I think Chelsea would probably be the best home for him after their ban,” he told Lovesport Radio.”They really have an exciting young team there and Wilf can come in and add to that. “He may well move there, but Arsenal can also come back with the money. Anything can happen.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Jim Harbaugh Tweets Out List Of His 5 Favorite Drake Songs

first_imgMichigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh and Drake have been linked together in the past. His son, Jay, re-created Drake’s “Views from the 6” cover to have a Michigan theme, and today Harbaugh thanked the Canadian rapper for name-dropping Michigan in a recent SNL sketch. Now, the Michigan head coach has taken things one step further, tweeting out his list of his top-five favorite Drake songs. He even included a rhyme in the beginning of the tweet.I’m not a fake, here’s my Top 5 from @Drake: 1. Energy 2. Jumpman 3. Started From the Bottom 4. Hold On, We’re Going Home 5. Hotline Bling— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) June 30, 2016If you think about it, these songs make perfect sense. Harbaugh certainly has a lot of energy, and Michigan is about to be sponsored by Jordan (hence, Jumpman).Harbaugh also has a reputation for building up programs and franchises (Stanford, the 49ers) from the “bottom” and he went “home” to come coach at his alma mater. Why is “Hotline Bling” on the list? We’re not sure, but we really want someone to photoshop Harbaugh onto Drake for the dance scenes in that video. Someone on the internet should be able to oblige our request.last_img read more

Computer issues temporarily shut down Air Canada checkin call centre operations

first_imgMONTREAL – Air Canada says it has resolved a computer issue that disrupted web and mobile check-ins and call centre operations, and temporarily delayed boarding on some flights.The Vancouver International Airport reported some congestion Tuesday morning due to technical issues with Air Canada’s system.Air Canada says in an email that it has fixed the computer issue, and that airport check-in and all remaining systems are now back online.The airline also says it can confirm there were no flight cancellations as a result of this, though there were some minor delays associated.Air Canada did not provide details on how many airports were affected but Toronto Pearson International Airport has not reported disruptions.last_img