50 Days to Go
The days are really ticking off quickly now and I’m back in Manchester for that final run in before we head to our holding camp in Newport on August 17th.
In fact I’ve just come back from a training camp in Newport as the Olympic team were putting the final touches to their Rio preparations in Manchester and it’s just too busy to get in the quality of workouts needed, so we’ve been warming the track up for them in Newport as the head to the holding camp before jumping on the plane to Rio.
Training is going well so far, managed a great strength block, followed by a nice top up on endurance, and even managed to get a hit out in the 1km TT at the recent Masters Nationals Championships. As an added bonus to doing a pretty strong ride I ended up on top of the podium and picking up a National title! The ride was a good marker of how things are going and has highlighted that I’m not a million miles away from where I want to be, and the elements I was lacking on is what this next block of training is all about.
This time in the Paralympic cycle is always the most anxious and enjoyable, as you try to stay as healthy as possible, not pick up any injuries and worry about every element of training as there are not many days left to point it in the right direction if something is out, but then on the plus side, we get issued with all our kit from Rio, bags of clothing to wear in the village and venues, kit to ride in, and the coolest part, our new bikes and cycling specific kit. Although may have to wait a few more weeks as the Olympians need theres first! It’s always a bit of a last minute rush, I remember not even having my handlebars for Beijing until I was a few days into the holding camp, but they arrived in time and did the job!
The last bit of kit that I do need to finalize, is my leg. At the moment I’m using my London leg and have my Beijing leg as a backup, however, fingers crossed by the time I get on the plane to Rio, they’ll be a new leg to show off too, and that’s always exciting as I try and get a snazzy paint job to go with it!
With 50 days to go it’s probably a good time to thank all the people involved in my Journey to the games.
So thanks to
British Cycling and English Institue for Sport – For the coaching, equipment and facility access. Plus, all the behind the scenes experts in Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning, Physiology, Psychology, Biomechanics, Aerodynamics, Physio, and Medicine.
My Sponsors – Össur for providing me with state of the art prosthetics
Alexander Mann Solutions – For their continued support of my goal to win Paralympic Gold again.
Also Zwift who provided my state of the art setup in my spare room to assist in my training.
And last but not least, My family. My Mum, Dad and Brother for their continued support, I wouldn’t be here without them, and finally to my girlfriend Stacey, who puts up with my moaning, and the days when I’m tired and grumpy, but never ceases to put a smile on my face.
Thank you to everyone and hopefully I can do you all proud.
Hopefully catch up with you soon, most probably when we get to the Holding Camp in Wales.