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A week back home

This has been a very different type of week, from coming home on Monday, I realised I really want to meet and catch up with my family and friends, so I decided to extend my stay to Saturday. I initially came over to collect my new spare race bike, and get it fitted to me. I didn’t anticipate the thought of wanting to spend time enjoying being at home, but I am so glad I had that week just to relax and be ‘normal’ for a while. I needed that time off.

I was so excited coming back, ecstatic to be reunited with family, and feel at home again. Spending days being surrounded with my closest people meant a lot, and was exactly what my mind needed. Special mention has to go to Fulcycle for the amazing turnaround with my bike fit, and of course Isabel for being my tourist guide in Bristol đŸ˜‰

The week flew by, and before I knew it, it was time to return to France again. I left on Saturday evening, taking the overnight ferry to arrive in France at 8.30 the following morning. I had a race in the afternoon, so as soon as I got back, I had to think about preparing for the race, but I had plenty of time to relax too. I was super excited to get back into the swing of things after a refreshing week off!

It was particularly hot for Sunday’s race, high of 28 degrees, making it a hot one. I was feeling optimistic, it was a tight technical circuit, but only a small field of about 50 riders, so I was looking forward to seeing what would happen. From the start 2 riders got a gap, and kept it. I stayed in the bunch, hovering around the front and following attacks. My race was unfortunately cut very short, as after 18 minutes, I had a crash. I simply just took the corner a bit too quick, and went a bit wide, leading me into a bit of gravel on the edge of the road, which swept my front wheel away. One rider went into the back of me, but luckily no one else. It took me a few seconds to regain my senses, and I was trying to get back up on my bike- but I couldn’t move. I was trying to get on my feet but my left leg didn’t want to move, and I couldn’t put any weight on my left arm. I look at my elbow and its dripping quite a lot of blood, which didn’t seem like a good sign. I also noticed my left glute and thigh had a lot of road rash. I tried getting up to continue and catch up with the race, but I couldn’t even get myself up, so that answered it quickly for me. With help from spectators I manage to stand, and then I was able to ride over to the finish line and be treated for my cuts.

Luckily nothing was badly damaged (bike or myself), and it was a relatively forgiving crash, but I was recommended to go to hospital just to get an x ray for my elbow, since it was quite a deep wound at a delicate part where the 2 bones meet, and I’d rather be on the safe side for sure. After a few hours I was in and out of the hospital, all clear, and bandaged up. Certainly not the welcome back to France I expected, but nevertheless it feels great to be back, and I am eager to be back racing. I haven’t lost much form from my week off training, and hopefully I can get back to training again in a few days. Just having to take it day by day, and not rush the recovery process.

It’s great to be back, and in the routine I do best in. I’ll be enjoying some more time off the bike, but keeping active by doing other things. Lots of good opportunities for races in the next few weeks, so just taking my time and making sure I get back to 100%.

Some nice pictures of what I got up to this week, a lovely few days with family, catching up with friends, going to the cool city of Bristol and exploring some great sites. A really wholesome week.

Special thanks to Fulcycle for sorting out my spare race bike, getting me fitted on it in time for my return. Such a brilliant job, especially with the time pressure.

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