I wrote a race report the day after this race but something didn’t feel right. It was all a bit too blah blah, so let me share a ‘from the heart version’ rather than a ‘what I think people want to read’ version.

2018 season to date

Number of time trials ridden = 3 (1 open 10, 1 club 25 and a TTT)

Number of Duathlons – 3

I’ve not really done an awful lot of racing this year so after a 6 week lay off with a broken foot I was keen to set myself some ‘new’ goals!

Me being me I wanted to do something that scared me a bit so 50 miles seemed like a good starting point. I’ve only ever done one 50 TT which was hilly so I was quietly confident I could PB but having only been back on a bike 5 weeks my fitness score on training peaks kept me realistic about what was achievable.

As soon as I entered the race I told myself (every day) that I would PB and I never doubted myself for a second.

5 weeks to the day that I got back on a bike, I hit my second goal of the season and knocked 18mins off my 50 mile TT PB time. I also managed a 90min power PB!

Yeah I made a few mistakes, like taking a wrong turn and doing an extra 0.7 miles (as you do) but I never doubted myself once.

Probably the toughest part was finding out I’d come 95th out of 100 riders!!! Seeing my name right down there at the bottom of the results table I ‘almost’ let it burst my bubble.

But no. The only person I need to beat is me!! I’ve come a long way since I started riding and I’ll continue to work hard on becoming the best version of me that I can. That’s always been my motivation.

This was the race where I proved to myself  that when I back myself 100% I can achieve exactly what I set out to!!

I’m confident I can  end the year on a high with some more PBs and if I can find some winter races I’m still after that 10k running PB too.

Thanks to everyone for their kind words of encouragement and support. Particularly to Dan for not only his brilliant coaching but for always saying the right things. That’s some talent for a bloke. Hahahaha.

Thanks to Liv and CEP for their amazing support. To Giant Leamington for keeping my bike tip top, to Maurten for fuelling me and to Kudos for the loan of the rapid wheels! You guys rock!

Yep I’m absolutely buzzing to be back racing and as they say, ‘The comeback is always stronger than the setback’ ✌🏻