14/01/2020

COACHING & CONSULTING – EPISODE 3: NICOLAS, OUR TRIATHLETE WHO PREPARES A SEMI IRON MAN

"My passion allows me to decompress at the end of the working days and clear my mind, which gives me stability between professional and personal life. It also brings me important values, and offers me strong personal goals to be able to surpass myself" Introduce yourself in a few lines Nicolas Duarte, business manager at Abylsen Belgium. I started in Abylsen Paris as a group commercial pilot, then I joined Belgium in October 2018 as part of the development of our pharmaceutical activities. Can you list the different sports you practice? I practice triathlon, so swimming, cycling and running. Tell us about your passion: how did it come about? What led you to practice triathlon? I have been cycling and swimming for many years and 3 years ago I started running, then I challenged myself to run an Olympic distance triathlon to combine these three sports. After participating in my first triathlon I confirmed my passion for this sport. A typical year is a start of training at the end of winter, intensive training in April/May/June/July a first race to get back on your feet at the beginning of summer and then a big event (here the half-ironman) at the end of the season. Then running and cycling until it's too cold to go out, then dropping out of training during the holiday season. What are the qualities necessary for the practice of these sports? Perseverance, motivation, the desire to surpass oneself. What does your passion bring you on a daily basis? Your passion allows me to decompress at the end of the working days and clear my mind, which gives me stability between professional and personal life. It also brings me important values, and offers me strong personal goals to be able to surpass myself. How do you reconcile your professional life and the practice of sport? I train before and after my working day, Abylsen also allows me to arrange my schedules to go swimming at lunchtime for example. What are the highlights of your upcoming year? 19/05 – 20 km from Brussels Brussels Triathlon – July – 1 triathlon distance M 29/09 – Ironman70.3 from Cascais (Portugal)

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