|Me doing my Hip Thrusts at the gym|
|Nutrition table at the track|
Cassie's smoothie and Alex and I on one of our fresh air strolls.
Frasers sorbet and Alex and his hot chocolate and dessert.
As a tradition, all the support staff that are on the campaign have do a Kilo which is 1000m from a stationary start, and the fastest rider over this distance wins. This year I have the honour of having JR (girls sprint coach) and Chris (mechanic) as Steph and I's athletes to look after. And they will be sure to be in fine form come race day. So we took JR along to the gym with us this morning to do an activation session prior to track in the afternoon. He is working on the less is more training approach (to prove it doesn’t work!). This photo on the right shows Steph encouraging our athlete JR, during his one legged leg press at the musculation (gym). Chris never stops; he works all day and night to make sure our bikes are going the fastest they can. His willingness to help out and efficiency on the job is seriously impressive and personally I find it quite motivational towards my own training. Yesterday he skipped lunch to file out an aero bar extension that was stuck in Scott’s bars so they were ready in time for his session later that afternoon. It is these qualities – along with a reasonable amount of saddle time – that makes me excited about both of my athlete’s kilos!
We are very well looked after here with 7 support staff to 11 athletes. We have 3 coaches, a support coach, a mechanic, a manager, and a physio. We are given a daily programme every night for the next day and if you’re not on time bad luck, you miss out. At every training session the support staff are constantly checking to see that you’re ok and always offering to help out with whatever they can which is a real treat.
|One of the UCI's teams extra long van|
|The boys team pursuit getting ready for an effort today at training|
Tomorrow is a recovery day which means we are able to go have a swim down at the waterhole or travel to nearby towns by train to go shopping and have a look around. I think I will head down to Montreux as it sounds like a pretty town to visit. So a couple of us athletes will go for lunch which Im really looking forward too :)
To all that are reading this..thanks for taking your time to do so and hope you are all well.