Recently I did a 12hr TT and a 24hr race back to back on consecutive weekends – plus a 600k Audax in less than 24 hours the weekend before that. Most ‘normal’ people would say doing any of these events full stop would be mad enough, let alone doing them back to back. It isn’t something I would recommend or do regularly, but there is some reason to this madness. But… it paid off with two big PBs and, more importantly, too big ticks in the ‘confidence’ box on my journey to the LEJOG record attempt in September.
This race was the one I had been looking forward to for so long. It should have been my ‘A’ race for 2016, the one race I wanted to do well in more than any other event. Sadly, I found myself by the side of the road come race day. While DVT stopped me from competing, it didn’t stop me from supporting and cheering others!
A lot has changed since the high of finishing my first solo LEJOG recce ride and the low of the Deep Vein Thrombosis verdict. I may feel sorry for myself being stuck indoor on the turbo while summer has finally started in earnest, BUT … I refuse to give up on my dreams. I am adamant to turn this adversity into opportunity …. So, what to do when I cannot defend my Nat 12 Hr TT title or compete in the Nat 24 Hr TT…Go one bigger… World 24 Hour Time Trial Championships here I come! Keep reading for an update on my training in the aftermath of the DVT diagnosis and building up to my new goal for 2016.
I got a secret weapon for this season. A new TT bike? No, although the white Shiv TT frame is pretty cool. A new helmet? No, although I am looking around for something bright and comfortable with my LEJOG record attempt in mind. A motor? No way! My alias may be duracellbunnyonabike, but I don’t need a motor. I got my parents to thank for some good endurance genes. So what is my secret weapon for 2016? Keep reading to find out…