End of season you say?

No, it can’t be! After battling it out week in, week out for small gains, things are just starting to fall into place…

My goals for this year were straightforward: podium at the European Duathlon Championships and a season of time trialling for 10 and 25-mile PBs and with coaching from Matt Bottrill and bike support from the team at Dynamic Rides… All boxes ticked

2015 in numbers

  • Silver at European Duathlon Champs
  • 5 Duathlon podium finishes including 3wins
  • 1 minute 14sec PB for 10 miles TT
  • 4 minute PB for 25miles TT
  • Top 10 Midlands women’s TT series

But as with any season there have been highs and lows…

In April I had the race of my life to bring home silver at the European Duathlon Champs. Out of a 100 plus super strong ladies field I had the 6th fastest bike split and finished 10th overall. It was a race which meant so much to me but I still can’t quite believe the lead up to it. Just eight weeks beforehand I was physically and mentally broken, recovering from surgery waiting for results to see if I had Lymphoma (cancer). Looking back, I suppose immersing myself in training was my way of dealing with what life had thrown at me. Thankfully I got the all clear and it was the kick up the arse I needed.

I also hadn’t anticipated how tough a season of time trialling would be. Racing week in, week out was mentally draining and so many factors can affect performance. I stopped running to give it my best shot but my results felt inconsistent and I lost count of the times I questioned if this was the right choice. I expected quick gains but with a focus on 10 mile it was just a case of chipping away seconds here and there. I put my trust in Matt and slowly but surely things started to fall into place, finishing the season with a massive 4mins PB for 25 miles.

A focus for next season will again be Duathlon so I wanted to finish the year with a few races under my belt. With a lack of run form I would be relying on my bike form but from that first race I knew it was there: three races and three podium finishes was exactly how I wanted to end the season.

So a massive thank you to Matt for putting up with the constant barrage of ‘I’m shit aren’t I?’ and to Dynamic Rides for keeping my bike in tip top condition every race. Without their constant support I might not have made the start line. Thank you… It’s fair to say we smashed it up!

Lots of exciting things in the pipeline for 2016 so I really hope you can join me on the journey..

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