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Jersey Update!

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Since being back from Thailand i have been based back home in Jersey. Couldnt have wished for better weather with the temperature 10 degrees warmer than the average for this time of the year and only one afternoon of rain. A lot less rain than Krabi in fact!!

Training has been going really well but the only thing i have been finding hard is not having the team around to train with. You cant beat training in a team environment especially with the quality of athletes in TBB. To keep me busy i have been taking part in road races and TT’s almost to give me that competitiveness i miss from the group rides! On Saturday i raced a TT in the morning and placed 3rd, only the second time i had been on the new beast kindly given to me by Cervelo. Nearly feel comfortable on it but i am sure Sutto will drop me a little more when i get to camp! In the afternoon i raced our local clubs Aquathlon, won that by a fair distance so that was 2 podiums from 2. Easter monday i decided to do the local road race, borrowed a friends bike on the morning and finished second. Felt very uncomfortable on the bike so saved my legs for the last lap and got away from the pack. So all in all good weekend, not big races but good for the confidence especially as i was doing this in and around my training programme.

Off to Fuerteventura tomorrow to meet up with Emma Ruth Smith and Stephen Bayliss to race in the Challenge event the Island are holding, should be a good event and another race for some experience. Report to follow after the weekend!

Dan

My time at camp!

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

So it’s been a few days now that i have been back home on Jersey and although I have really missed my friends and family I am already starting to miss that training camp environment and my new family at Team TBB. Living on Jersey is fantastic and a beautiful place to train but just lacking in training partners. So I am starting my count down now for Leysin!!

During camps you tend to learn a lot about yourself, how much you’re body can take. This camp has been a big step up from the 3 weeks I spent with the team last November in Krabi. I look back and have to laugh at how weak I was, but now after 7 weeks of quality training and a few training races I feel that i have made some steps forward, little steps but steps in the rite direction. Moving to a new coach you have to give yourself time to adjust and I learnt this when I moved to University and was massively disappointed with my first year of races but once you adapt to the new training and environment you will notice the changes that have been made. The most important thing I can take away from the camp is, no matter how crazy the session just get on and do it. Don’t question it, Doc is setting it for a reason. I have 100% faith in the pain I have been in during camp and know that it is good pain, pain that wont be as bad next time around.

So just quickly to let you know, I had a good flight back, 10 hours sleep on a 12 hour flight! Think that the last session that I did with Brandon, Ferret, Dave and Stephen was probably the hardest for me but the most enjoyable! I was worried I wouldn’t be able to complete it but the body is an amazing thing and although i really struggled the last few k it was great feeling totally smashed. Getting up after 10 hours sleep was a struggle too but nothing the trusty voltaren couldn’t help me out with!

My family moved in to the new house the night I arrived home so it was nice having a bath and not staring at the panda tiles in the Tawantai hotel!! Also that Steak I mentioned in the last blog was out of this world, missed some red meat in my diet! Tuesday night had a few mates around for pancakes as I missed it this year so below is a photo. They also awarded me with the “Golden Saddle Award” showing their support for me whilst I was away! Was quite a funny moment!!

Pancake Night!

The weather couldn’t have been better since I got home, 22.6c yesterday the warmest April 6th on record in Jersey!

So for those that are still at camp keep smashing it and for those racing this weekend go hard and enjoy.

Until next time,

Dan