I finally know what it feels like to be a normal human being for 2 weeks. After Nationals, I tickled my tastebuds on numerous occasions with treats at every meal. And Boy, it was beautiful. I can see why people like eating that stuff. I jumped back on the bike again a couple of months ago….nothing like a sore backside again. Now to the important news..
When I heard I had been reselected for the New Zealand Junior team to compete in this years Junior World Track Cycling championships (held in Invercargill in August), I was also invited, as the only junior, to join the New Zealand Elite Sprint Squad in their build up for the Olympics. It is an amazing opportunity and one I could never have dreamed of. I would like to thank BikeNZ’s sprint coaches John Rastrick, Justin Grace and Stu McDonald for including me with the Elite’s. Also, huge thanks to and my very own coach Damian Wiseman for making sure I'm always going faster and faster!
Our Under 19 New Zealand team for Junior Worlds is looking hot! It is a much bigger team than last year with 16 riders (11 last year) and I am stoked to say that there are a massive five sprinters in the team!! Three of which are girls. I am really looking forward to having more people to train with this year, they are all great people and we have just had the first camp which was hard, but great fun, and the camaraderie amongst us was fantastic. During this camp we spent plenty of time getting to know each other, going over team motto’s, what we want to achieve and the environment we want to be training in.
I have recently teamed up with Horleys as my nutrition supplement providers, who are helping me in my quest to become the world’s best. It will be awesome to have all the supplements I need at hand for before, during and after trainings to get the best out of my body. If you haven’t tasted their product range, I seriously suggest the Protein33 bars, which are great for muscle repair after trainings or the Carbless bars for a healthy treat. These taste great, and are available at your local supermarkets.
So my program for this year is…I have a NZ sprinters camp again down in Invercargill from the 1st-4th June after which I leave to join the Elite Squad overseas. When I leave on the 1st of June I won’t be back home for three months... and I can’t wait! The reason we are training overseas, is to prepare in a better training climate and gain more sprinting competition. Our first stop is Newport, Wales (the track was designed by the same architect as the Olympic Velodrome), then we head to Valencia, Spain, where we will meet up with the Elite Men’s Olympic sprint squad, then to Cottobus, Germany for some racing, and finally back to New Zealand. But only for 2 days!
I then head off to Australia for 2 weeks, training and racing with the New Zealand Junior team, then back home for the last week in July Then it’s off to Invercargill on the 6th of August for the final preparation phase for the Junior World Champs to be held from the 22nd to the 26th of August.
And just incase you thought I was getting off school scotch free, in between training, eating and ice-baths, I have to complete all my school studies and internals. This will be a challenge as all the Olympians were banned from doing university papers in the Olympic year!
For now I will shoot off, head down, bum up, legs pedaling fast and will update you during my travels..
P.s. Attached is some photos of what I have been up to lately.
My Flying 200m Qualifying for the sprints at the National champs in March
Lydia Ko and I at the NZ Herald Future Stars awards
The NZ Herald Future Stars 2012
A packed stadium of 9000 people at the Senior World Champs in Melbourne
A magazine article in The Garden Magazine – Mt Eden