So the 2014 season is nearly here and how time flies. A lot has changed for this season. I have now finished my A-Levels, bagging myself an A in PE and B’s in Chemistry and Psychology. I’m really pleased with my results because I put a lot of time and effort into my studying. Personally I think that education up to the age of 18 must always come first before sport as it gives you a base for your future and acts as a safety net if your sporting career doesn’t take off so passing my exams was my main priority. The good thing is that my team manager Stefan Wyman has the same philosophy so he wasn’t putting any pressure on me to perform at the races last year.
So now, with that stressful year behind me, I’m having a sabbatical to solely focus on my cycling and so far I’m absolutely loving it, living the dream as they say. I’ve just recently got back from Cape Town which was a family holiday/ winter training camp. The training there was a bit repetitive as we only stuck to the safer traffic free roads but the weather was amazing. Training started at 7am every morning to avoid the scorching heat mid day. Once into the mountains there were hundreds of cyclists out enjoying the scenery. Seeing the amount of people out exercising really inspires you to get out and do it yourself.
Apart from cycling the holiday was jam packed. We had a helicopter ride over Table Mountain which was insane, we climbed Table Mountain twice; as always with my family it was a race to the top with my dad winning of course. We visited Robben Island to see Nelson Mandela’s prison cell of 18 years and I sunbathed lots of course. The holiday went far too fast and before I knew it I was on a flight home.
After not long at all of training in the cold English weather I got ill, so I’m currently just getting back into training. Luckily it’s only early season. Coming up I have a training camp in Mallorca and then a team training camp in Limoux, South France. So it’s all stations go with the training now.