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!
2016 GOALS ON THE BIKE:
- Due to my lack of racing last year I've dropped back from 2nd Cat to 3rd Cat license. My first step is getting my 2nd Cat license back.
- I aim to be racing regularly once the season is in full swing, as most of the time it's not having superior fitness that wins bike races, it's having your race head on (being fit helps). Gaining tactical know-how and learning how to read a race is something I'm actively going to try improving on this year. I'll most likely be racing at Crystal Palace, Lee Valley Cyclopark and Gravesend Cyclopark as they're fairly local.
- When I can get to open road races I'll go to them! (I don't drive)
- Make #GAINZ
- Smash the U23 National Time Trial Championships. Dates haven't been released yet but I believe they're on in June based on last year's race.
- Gain a 1st Category License.
- Get more involved in the local cycling community.
- Make steps towards signing a semi-professional contract.
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.