2016 Reflections (Part 2 of 4): World Championships


Points for whoever can spot me on the start line

With the Euros done and dusted it was time to refocus on the World Championships which came around a lot sooner and was a lot closer to home than in 2015.

It was held in Aviles, Spain at an impressive venue that seemed built for the occasion; an incredible collection of buildings designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. This sport has taken me to a lot of destinations that I otherwise would never have visited and this is one that I am definitely thankful for.

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2016 Reflections (1 of 4): Return to Europe

So it has been a while since I’ve posted. Thankfully that hasn’t been because I have nothing to report on, in fact it has been much the opposite…

Since returning from my training in New Zealand at the end of January 2016 I have steadily worked my way through this year’s race schedule alongside returning to work in order to fund my dreams and ambitions. Now the year is coming to an end I thought I would look back on what has been and let you know what the next chapter holds in store.

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Turn the taps on…

Having spent six weeks out of training with a herniated disc (the less said about that the better) I finally got back to some form of training last week. Naturally I’ve not gone in all guns blazing and have taken things slowly. After a week of holding back and wanting to let rip I decided to give it some beans on the turbo tonight. I won’t write much about it, instead I’ll let the stats do the talking but first some context…

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To train or not to train?

This is a question that I never normally ask; the only real option is to get on the bike. However, having spent the last few days of 2015 almost fully bedridden due to a bad back, I’ve been forced to reflect on how hugely important the question on whether to train or to rest can be. In serious cases the answer can determine how the rest of the season plays out. Not to mention some of the funky recovery exercises and treatments the physio recommends.

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