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Stay Home Stories: Hein Otterspeer

Stay Home Stories: Hein Otterspeer

In the column 'Stay Home Stories', the speed skaters of Team Jumbo-Visma talk about their lives and current activities during the coronavirus.

Hein, how is it going?
"It is going really well. In the Northern part of the Netherlands, where I live, there are not that many people infected by the coronavirus. Of course, we follow the news a bit for the latest updates. For me, it is not that hard to get through the days. In comparison to some other sports, the coronavirus has not affected our speed skating season. I was supposed to be on vacation right now, but with everything that is going on, we could not go. It's a pity, but we have to accept it."

What do your workouts and training look like at the moment?
"To maintain my fitness level as good as possible, I have built a gym in my garden. My parents in law had a squat rack at home, so I moved it to our place. The last couple of days, the weather has been really nice, so it is great to do my workouts outside. Besides that, I go on bike rides with my mountain bike or my Bianchi. Of course, the rides feel a little bit lonely these days, but right now we have to make the best of the situation. It's really important to adhere strictly to the measures provided by the government. Monday, I did a workout with my little son, haha. When I am lifting weights, he really likes to be around me. He is four years old, but with the current situation he cannot go to school. That is too bad, so we try to teach him things, while he plays."

How do you spend your days?
"We are currently renovating our house. A lick of paint here and there. Things that I was not able to finish during the busy speed skating season. Sometimes, we also like to go to a park to play some soccer."

Do you watch a lot of series or movies?
"Not really. The last couple of days, the weather was too nice to stay inside, so I try to enjoy it as long as possible. In times of bad weather, I am really going to to watch the new season of La Casa de Papel."

What kind of music do you listen to?
"When I am in the car, I like to listen to Radio 1. By doing that I am able to follow the news and keep myself up to date. To be honest, I haven't been listening to any music lately."

Do you have any tips for people to stay fit?
"During this coronavirus you can find many home workouts on the internet. I know some people like to be on Netflix all day long, but I would definitely recommend people to stay fit. You can do some exercises near a window. That way you still get some fresh air. It doesn't have to be hard. Do three rounds of exercises for five minutes and take a five-minute break after every single round. By doing that you still get a really nice 30-minute workout. I also have a good tip for people that like to be around the television all the time. I would recommend them to buy a Nintendo Switch with the Ring Fit Adventure. I can tell you: you will be drenched in sweat in no time, haha."

With good training also comes healthy food. What is your favorite dish?
"I love Beef Stroganoff. It's so delicious!"

What other sports do you like?
"Normally, I would be watching the cycling spring classics right now. I always look forward to them. Unfortunately, they have all been canceled. I used to watch all these races. Even when I was on vacation. I am also a huge Ajax and Formula 1 fan, so it is too bad all the soccer matches and races have been postponed indefinitely."

What is your favorite game?
"I really enjoy playing Call of Duty, but since I have a four-year old son, I don't play that game often. Sometimes, I like to play a race game with my son on the Xbox, called Forza. We both really like that game, since we love cars."

Which apps on your phone are running in overtime?
"I haven't used my phone a lot lately. I have not posted many things on my social media either. Last Monday, I posted a picture on Instagram for the first time since early March."

What is your guilty pleasure?
"Like I said, I like to play Call of Duty. However, that game is too realistic for my four-year old son. I only play that game when he sleeps early."

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