A few words from Boston Marathon wheelchair champion Ernst Van Dyk
Van Dyk is the only wheelchair racer in history to win Boston five times in a row and one of only 3 men who have 5 Boston victories (Franz Nietlispach 1995, 1997-2000; Jim Knaub 1982, 83, 91-93).
What’s his secret? I caught up with Ernst online to ask him about his preparation for Boston…
“I prepare for a season,” Van Dyk said. “Boston is a main priority so I will make sure to do the right stuff to arrive in peak condition in Boston. For me it has become an individual time trial so I train for this. Long, hard fast rides on my own to make sure I can sustain the pace needed to stay in front. I however expect that a couple of guys have raised the bar and this year they will give me a race rather than a chase.”
Van Dyk cites his first Boston win in 2001 as the sweetest in the streak.
“I was a nobody coming from nowhere. I ended up beating the best guys in the world at that stage by over 6 minutes.”
Learn more about Ernst at his website .
Thanks Ernst. Good luck in 2006.
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