Training for major tournaments often means hours in the gym doing drills and working on connections, but for Polish men’s national team head coach Vital Heynen, it also meant climbing the country’s highest peak, Mount Rysy.
Heynen climbed the peak twice without his team, before challenging others to get in on the action.
After his first ascent, Heynen noted: “The road to the summit was varied. The weather changed every moment, and the clouds caused that sometimes I have not seen at all where I am. The analogy of our way to the World Cup is obvious.”
Mont rysy…today, we finally start the preparation for the WC, but yesterday, I started with climbing a mountain.The road was diverse , the weather was changing all the time and the clouds made it not always to see where i was.The parallel to our road to the WC is obvious 😊. pic.twitter.com/WLGt7RXXdK
— Vital Heynen (@vitalheynen) July 29, 2018
After his second climb, he stated “Is there really no journalist or player who will take this challenge?”
2nd time Mount Rysy In 7 days, this time from Polish side. Palenica Balcznska till the top in 4h15m. Is there really no journalist or player who takes on this challenge? 😊 pic.twitter.com/6kLEKvhQ6c
— Vital Heynen (@vitalheynen) August 3, 2018
His team immediately responded and promptly documented their journey on social media with Grzegorz Lomacz chiming in to say: “Climbed the highest mountain in Poland” with his teammates looking on.
Mount Rysy has three summits ranging from 2,503 meters (middle – 8212 feet), 2,499 meters (northwest – 8198 feet) and 2,473 meters (southeast – 8113 feet). The northwestern summit is the highest point of Poland, which the other two lie on the Slovak side of the border.
The FIVB Men’s World Championships are set for Sept. 9-30 in Italy and Bulgaria. The Polish men are in Pool D with Bulgaria, Iran, Cuba, Finland and Puerto Rico.