A selection of photos from a week long trip to the island of Mallorca! I had a really good time enjoying climbing mountains for the first time. The roads are perfectly smooth and the drivers are super considerate! I'd recommend going to anyone who loves riding their bike!
Hey Folks! It's been a good ol' while since writing up on the blog, life's been busy to say the least! Second year of uni has hit me thick and fast with a lot of work I just about get done around training and work.
Training is going well! I'm mostly just getting miles in at the mo' but also doing some specific stuff on the turbo trainer and I've been hitting the gym regularly too, hogging the squat rack most of the time...
Looking back to last year and why this year is gunna be different.
Last year was a bit of a flop in terms of racing, but I'm not going to beat myself up about it, I think going to uni was always going to take some adjusting to (meaning -plenty of partying).
This year I'm very much dedicated to the bike, training consistently, nailing the diet, (or at least trying to) and adhering to an early bedtime... which is pretty lame, but essential for good recovery considering the amount of stuff I've got to fit into one day! Abstinence from drinking is also sacrifice I must make!
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WHAT'S OCCURIN' ON THE BLOG
I'll be keeping the blog updated with race reports as they come. I may well add some articles on my Vegan ways, as I'm sure a lot of people might wonder how vegans get their protein and what not.
I've got a training camp in Majorca coming up in March with the lads from the shop (Panagua Bikes) which I'm really looking forward to, I'll get some content up on the blog when I'm back!
I think this year I'm going to go for a lot more casual/ experimental in my style of writing, which will hopefully take less time to fit into my lifestyle, but hopefully will come across as more genuine and I can be a bit more open with what's happening on the bike.
So follow me on Strava and see what training I'm up to. It's all on there. Just don't analyse my weaknesses ey? You can like my Facebook page too and follow me on twitter!
Sunday was probably the most fun day of racing I've ever had. The atmosphere at both the Catford and Bec hill climbs were fantastic. I haven't had my legs turn into jelly and my lungs set alight quite like that in quite some time, such is the result of smashing it up a hill.
Towards the top of the hills it was like passing through a blurry tunnel of colour and noise being cheered on to the line. An experience I'd recommend to any cyclist, whether it be competing or simply mingling in the crowd soaking up the electric atmosphere and cheering on the riders.
In the morning was the Catford Hill Climb, I completed it in a time of 2.15.6 placing me 29th out of 110 riders. The fastest time was set by Richard Bussell in 1.50.9.
In the afternoon with achy legs I recorded a time of 02.08.9 which placed me 26th out of 110 riders. The fastest rider on the day was set by James Lowden in an insane time of 01:51.5.
Keep an eye out for the famous gurning and grimace of Jamie putting in a solid efford, with a lightest gear of a 23t cog midway through the video! Man of steel.
Massive shout out and thanks goes to Dave Hales (the man in orange). It wouldn't have been possible without him to compete in the hill climbs. Jamie and myself were properly looked after for the whole day!
My thanks again also goes to my sponsors Panagua Bikes and Beta Performance with my awesome coach Jamie Durmush!
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