In the past month I've graduated, raced a test event on the MTB course for next year's Olympics, travelled and raced in the Czech Republic for the first time, and spent an idyllic week training and racing in the Dolomites. I'm now in Switzerland, preparing for the final event of the season, the MTB World Championships. Although things haven't always gone to plan the past few months, with sickness interrupting my training and racing, I've still had some fantastic experiences and learnt more about racing, training, and life in general!
It was great to have the opportunity at the end of July to race on what will be the track for the Olympic MTB race next year in August. I spent three days training and racing on the course and using lots of gadgets to gather vital information for our preparation - including head-cam video, power outputs, and GPS data. The course designers have spent a lot of time and energy designing a course which will make for a physically and technically demanding race and a fantastic spectacle for spectators.
Since the test event in London, I've been focussing on racing, training and recovery in preparation for the last few races of the season. I've been feeling strong and fit, but unfortunately luck hasn't always gone my way. I'm hoping that that will change this weekend in Champery, Switzerland, for the World Champs race. I really want to finish the season on a high. I'm also looking forward to my first summer in NZ for five years! I can't wait to reacquaint myself with the roads and tracks around Wellington. But first, I have a World Champs race to attack!