Preparations are now in full swing, having booked all my travel and finalised accommodation etc I am now ready to go! I am feeling better than ever, really happy with how my winter training has gone, working on my base a lot, and now moving onto the top end power which I neglected all winter 😦 but with that being said, I have made strong progressions already, particularly with sprints and TT efforts, which are new for me.
While winter training has gone great, it does not necessarily always relate well into races, this is why I am so eager to get my season started in France, and experience the early season races. However I did do a few early season crits at Odd Down in Bath, which were great fun, however I tied it in with training so I would ride over there (4-4.5h), then do the race. This meant I was naturally quite tired by the time I arrived at the race, but it was still very useful to sit in the bunch, try some moves, and experience that close bunch racing again, as well as getting the leg speed. Luckily my dad was there to drive me home, otherwise that would be a very long and tiring day in the saddle!
The next 2 weeks are going to be very busy, saying my last goodbyes to friends and family, and working on my top end power in training, as well as gym. It’s incredibly exciting to think that in 2 weeks, I will be settled in France, and have already done a race!
I also received my 2nd Covid jab last week, which unfortunately wiped me out for a couple of days, which meant time off the bike. But I feel lucky to have got off so lightly, compared to last time where I developed fatigue and low mood and energy for 3-4 weeks after. This week I am diving straight into a strong block of training, with a lot of work being done off the bike, including a bike fit update at Fulcycle on Tuesday, as well as Friday. Cramming it all in before I leave! I cannot thank Fulcycle enough for all of the hard work they have done for me.
Next week I will be back reflecting on this weeks training, and maybe with an update on my race calendar 😉