The past couple of months have been a whirlwind of races, training and travel, as well as an exam for good measure. In fact, I haven't spent longer than two weeks in one place since the end of February! Although I enjoy travelling and love discovering new places, it can be hard to get the right balance between travelling, training, racing, and recovery, and to stay healthy through it all. Unfortunately I didn't quite get it right, and I have been battling an annoying virus for the past month or so. Despite that, I have still been able to get some ok results and do some good training.

The first mountain bike world cup of the season was in South Africa, at the end of April. It was my first trip to Africa, and I really enjoyed the opportunity to spend the week in Pietermaritzburg. I was happy with how the race went, managing to stay upright through the daunting technical rock sections and feeling strong on the climbs.

Unfortunately, I fell ill after the long travel back to Europe, and I have not been feeling 100% since. However, I finally think I am starting to feel healthy again, and I'm looking forward to the next racing and training block, which will see a change of scene (and continent). First up, I am racing with the NZ track endurance girls at a road race in the US. Road racing is excellent training, helping to build aerobic power and strength. The road race will be followed by three mountainbike races on the east coast of the US, and then my PhD graduation back in the UK, which I'm really looking forward to! It's all go!