The last 6 weeks seem to have gone by in a blur since arriving home from Europe.  I must say though that the weather certainly was better in Europe and I had to adapt back to the cold and wearing multiple layers while riding.  Then the dreaded lurgy hit me full on, the head cold to end all head colds!  It took about 4 weeks to completely disappear, yet the cough still lingers.

But after getting through all of that I find myself in South Africa for the 2017 World Para Cycling Championships.  I must say that I travelled much better this trip than last and have pulled up feeling very good.  We are staying at the same place we stayed in 2015, Emoyeni, and it was like coming home with the owners and some of the same staff remembering us!

We are pretty removed from the world at this lodge we are staying at and it is really nice feeling relaxed in the countryside.  With monkeys on the dirt track to the lodge and the resident peacock it is an amazing place.  The weather has been slightly better than Melbourne but it is very windy. (Which my time in Europe has helped me with!)

We had one little hiccup with 5 bike boxes from Melbourne not making it to Durban on our flight, but within 24 hours they had been delivered to the lodge.  It is a pretty quick trip this time around, with only 5 days before competition.  So we have had a couple of pretty cruisey rides and get to check out the TT and Road Course on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, then racing starts Thursday with the Time Trial.

It has been 2 years since the last World Champs because they don’t run them the year of the Paralympics, so I am eager to try and retain my World Champion status in the TT and regain it in the Road Race.  All I can do is my best as the rest of my competitors are also getting much quicker, and hope that I can pull of the wins!  Time trial events will be held at the Midmar Dam Reserve, while road race events will start and finish in the heart of Pietermaritzburg, at Alexandra Park.

I’ll keep you up to date on how the team is going and how my races go.  For now it is off to lunch, then a rest….oh the tough life of an athlete!!!

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6 Comments

  1. Lyn Stacker 27/08/2017 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Hey Carol
    All the very best in your title defence.
    You go girl.
    Cheers Lyn

    • CarolC 27/08/2017 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      Thanks Lyn!

  2. MUZ 27/08/2017 at 11:13 am - Reply

    I so enjoyed our previous stay at the Lodge.
    Please say Hi from me.
    So pleased that the bikes reached you OK.
    I know that you will do what you always do and leave nothing in the tank.

    • CarolC 27/08/2017 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      I certainly will Muz, unfortunately Kadija is no longer here (I was sad about this she was so much fun!) but they have been as wonderful as always. We will all be giving our best when racing begins! Will let you know how we all go.
      Thinking of you tonight as I know you have a tough day ahead of you after a tough couple of weeks. Take care my friend xx

  3. Phyllis Banks 27/08/2017 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    So happy you are feeling better and have arrived safely in S. A.
    My thoughts are with you and I will be cheering you on from TO.
    Race well my dear.
    Love you,
    Mom

    • CarolC 27/08/2017 at 4:35 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much mom! Will try to call you via Skype after my races! Love you too xxx

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