I have been very quiet with my blog over the last few weeks and there has been a reason for that…hard training! I have been in the process of getting ready for the World Cup in Spain in July so have been in a very hard block of training. To say that it has tested me is an understatement!
I’ve actually had some people ask me why I work so hard, have I not accomplished everything I have set out to do by winning in London and the World Championships last year? But if you really enjoy doing something then why not try to get better at what you do?
At my age and living with Multiple Sclerosis I realistically shouldn’t be getting faster, but I am. In reality our destinations are in our own hands and I want to prove that it doesn’t matter what your age or health status, you can accomplish what you want by determination and hard work. I also think that the power of the mind plays a big part in any journey. You have to believe that you can accomplish what you set out to.
During the last couple of weeks I have to admit that before a couple of the sessions I wasn’t sure I would be able to accomplish what my coach Bec and sport scientist Nick wanted me to do. So I really had to give myself a good talking to and just get on with what I had to do. I didn’t hit the marks that they wanted me to…at first, but slowly I have gotten there.
This week I am in a recovery week, but it doesn’t mean I still don’t work hard. Today I had to do a hard session on the Velotron which is a stationary bike attached to a computer and on that computer was the course for the Time Trial at the upcoming World ParaCycling Championships. It’s great to be able to ride a simulation of the course but even better were the results from today’s session. The hard work is paying off and I was able to exceed what I was expected to do. Certainly made a believer out of myself!
I have the rest of the week in recovery mode and then another hard block of work. I am not looking to be the perfect rider, just a better and stronger rider. With each little step comes improvement and even if I have those little doubts at times, I’ll push forward and believe in the people who are helping me become that better, stronger rider.