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First blog in a while!

So, there’s a lot to catch up on here. A lot has happened, particularly pointing out the fact my Instagram account has been hacked since November, and so far I have had no luck of getting it taken down or anything at all. I would like to apologise to anyone who has been affected by it in anyway, and please message my Facebook if you would like to get in touch with me about it. I am still working on getting the account either removed or gaining access to it again, but unfortunately Instagram have not been any help at all.

Moving on to cycling, there’s been a lot of progression this winter, which feels amazing! After taking a couple of weeks off in November to reset, I then got back on the bike, but my focus was on improving my pedalling efficiency, as my ‘unusual’ riding style was pointed out to me towards the end of last season, particularly by my new French team CC Plancoët. I discussed this a lot with Fulcycle, who took me in for another bike fit to see where I was going wrong. After a few visits it became evident that my pedalling inefficiency was simply because I was not using all of my muscles in my leg, I was in fact missing my glutes, and hamstrings, also my calves. This has turned out to be a massive transformation for me, instantly increasing my power by 10-20% on base rides, going at the same intensity as before, and it feels great to have this extra undiscovered power. However, the saying ‘go 2 steps forward, 1 step back’ springs to mind, as this is a great transformation in my cycling, but now I am having to really work hard and put in a lot of hours at the gym, and off the bike, in order to activate certain muscles and really isolate them to work on them progressively. Nonetheless, I am incredibly excited to see where this lands me in the early season races, particularly for when I arrive in France, which I will speak more about later.

All of this game changing progression would not have been possible at all without the help of Fulcycle, and a special mention to Paul, who has taken me under his wing with his amazing gym and off the bike regime. He has played the biggest part in my winter training, and it is looking better than ever!

I’m really looking forward to seeing how my form comes along in these next few weeks, it feels really good to have stepped things up and seeing improvements already is a great morale boost.

Keep you updated, in my next blog I’ll be telling you more about plans with racing with CC Plancoët!

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