Hi mes amis, here’s the new post for Strada about the past month, a lot has happened since I last wrote on here, but hopefully it won’t be too long for anyone to read.
Firstly, I have now started my training programme in earnest and I am now a few weeks in to what will go a long way to determining how I perform in France and anywhere else I race. At the beginning of the month I was tested by the lovely Anna Jackson at Crystal Palace, she is an exceptional, young sports scientist who has vast experience helping out many elite athletes working with the F.A and the GB Olympic squad in the last couple of years; I couldn’t have asked for better support. Once I did my ramp test I then rested for a bit before doing a 6 second max power test, all of which was on the brand new Wattbike, a fantastic piece of kit. Afterwards I had a bike-fit and my Aprire Vincenza 5.0 by Paul himself and the bike feels so much more natural now.
Ever since I have just been increasing both the miles and intensity whilst maintaining a steady appearance in the gym to really help add an extra dimension to the other training I am doing. I have to say it seems to be going pretty well and I can feel myself improving all the time and becoming more like my old-self again.
Unfortunately there have been a number of incidents with traffic, one for which has resulted in requiring a new wheelset, thankfully I have Strada on the case to aid me and so I am very lucky to have had only that issue. Annoyingly though it has meant me having to ride the race bike in Winter, but I should be back on the Felt training bike in the next week.
I also had the John Ibbotson Fund annual dinner the other day and it was a great event with many friends there. Everyone had a good laugh and it’s a shame that next year will be the last year that it runs, but the Fund has done a great service to both CRY and the aspiring road cyclists throughout the land so thanks must go to the committee for all their work over the years. Hopefully something equally as good will be created in the near future.
Now it’s all about continuing the hard work that myself and Paul have put in to me having a great 2014, Christmas and New Year plans are already in place so no unexpected incidents spring-up and wreck it all. This week I am heading down to Swansea to spend both a bit of time with my girlfriend as well as to go back to places where I first truly fell in love with road cycling; the Gower and the Brecon Beacons, I’m looking forward to seeing how the Strada Wheels I have cope with the new pressures being placed on them. Incidentally I have just put new Contiental 4season 25mm tyres on the H Plus Son wheels and it is just such a smooth ride over all the rubbish on our country lanes, I highly recommend that combination.
I will probably be posting around Christmas time next, so if not before then, I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.