Inside Track 2014: World number three Niels-Kristian Iversen’s weekly look inside the Norfolk Arena
11:12 11 August 2014
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I’m writing this ahead of rejoining the Denmark squad after we qualified for the World Cup final in Poland – which we won.
It was a great to see the boys do so well without Nicki Pedersen and I after we’d been left out of the line-up. As I wrote a couple of columns ago I was not disappointed to be dropped – especially as I knew I’d be picked for our next race. More importantly it gave me chance to have a break, which is something I really needed.
Since I went to the Grand Prix in New Zealand at the start of April I’ve been flat-out. I’ve had a couple of days off together here and there but for a lot of weeks I’ve been doing five meetings or more. So I was really looking forward to having a little gap in my schedule. It gave me a chance to recharge my batteries and spend some time with my family.
I would say you know from experience when your body starts to get tired. You really feel it in the morning when you’ve got to get early flights. At the start of the season it’s easy to get out of bed but it seems harder and harder to do that as the campaign goes on. You really feel like you’re hanging.
You try to eat well and manage it but it’s hard to fit in some exercise to keep in shape. You can never get to that 100pc feeling like you do pre-season. But you get by. Even though it’s hard.
When I’m shattered I’m really grumpy in the morning. When you have to stand in queues at the airport, take your shoes off, at four in the morning I wouldn’t say I’m the happiest. So it’s why this break has really, really helped me.
I had five days off, a few races, and then seven to eight days off. It was just what I needed. I went to Spain with Laura (fiancee) and Nicole (baby) and we just chilled out. It allowed me to turn my thoughts to something other than speedway.
It’s the first time we’ve been away as a family since we had Nicole so things were a bit different to usual. We had to time everything around the little one. I’m sure other parents can relate to that. But it helped take my mind off speedway even more. I kept up to date with what was going on in the World Cup but that was about it.
When I have a day off at home, I often have to do office stuff. But our holiday just meant it was us three enjoying being by the pool, the beach, going for meals, and walks. I loved it and it was really nice to be together.
Having a break is as much about resting your mind as it is relaxing your body. It’s helped me get fired up and hungry again. It makes you feel excited about the thought of racing again.
A lot was made of Tai Woffinden having a break pre-World Cup but I can 100pc understand why he did it. After winning the Grand Prix in Copenhagen, and feeling so pumped, I felt completely drained for the rest of the next week. Tai would have had the same feeling after his home GP at Cardiff, plus he’s also been so busy with his press and charity stuff too.
I’m sure he’ll benefit from the break, as will I hopefully. It’s good to stay on a roll but there really is such a thin line between doing too much and not enough.
- Niels-Kristian Iversen was talking to Gavin Caney (on Friday August 1).
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