20th Jan 2013
I’ve been a bit quiet on this blog recently – a little winter hibernation, I guess.
Happy New Year to everyone – may it prove to be a golden year in pursuing your dreams, whatever they may be.
Since participating in the Furnace Creek 508 race in California last October, I was travelling via work and generally off the bike until 1 December, when I formally began work with my cycling coach, Paul Mill, who has been fantastic so far in giving daily, weekly and monthly structure to my training – it is proving to be the best cycling decision I have made to date.
Island in the sun-
I am currently based in Lanzarote for 25 days where I am working on remote basis while completing my early stage base training and have got almost 600 miles completed so far this month. Having never been to the island previously, I didn’t have any real expectations about the place but I have been mesmerised by the island’s beauty, friendly locals and general great environment for cycling. It’s difficult, if not impossible, not to get inspired for daily training here due to the sheer volume of cyclists or other athletes that are training here at this time of year. Even my flatmates here are sports obsessed– 2 female Triathletes and fitness instructors from Denmark who are living in Lanzarote and completing their training for Ironman events. I will be sad to leave here on 26th January but hope to return at some point.
After Lanzarote, I will be returning to London fulltime for work reasons and am currently in process of finding accommodation there. It will be helpful to be in same city as my cycling coach and it will also be great, from a general training habit perspective, to know that I will be in one location for longer than 3 weeks – the longest I’ve been in a place at any one stage during past 12 months.
2013 Races and Training-
After much deliberation, and input from my coach, I have decided not to do the 900 mile Race Across the West in June. Instead, to keep things focused, I will target the September edition of Race Around Ireland as my key event in 2013 with all other cycling events this year being used to build up to the demands of the Ireland race.
Preparation for September will involve 1-2 races of approximately 24 hours duration during the summer and several training camps in European locations where I spend a week or more training in a controlled environment that allows my body to build up to the demands of the Ireland race.
Areas to address-
I’m extremely excited about the year ahead and working with my coach, Paul. The only key physical limiters on my cycling at present are (i) my neck pain – a direct result of my bike crashes in 2012, but which I am confident of fixing; (ii) pain in hip/sit bone area after only a few miles – the root cause of which remains unclear and will be explored further via physios etc when back in London; and (iii) more core and flexibility work is needed – this will be achieved by joining a gym and Bikram yoga courses while in London.