So I’m happy to report that all things are well and I am feeling very good after my return to racing in Mallorca. I think everyone knew how excited I was to get back to this level of racing.
Of course I was still aware that I needed to keep focused and not throw myself into anything reckless because any lapse in concentration can put you on the deck and that could almost immediately halt all my progress.
Last year in the same event I had a spill on a tricky bit of descent which knocked my knee, so this year I made sure when I was approaching that corner I was right at the front and on my team mates wheel. I definitely made sure I was safe.
Although I don’t dwell on things like this too much (if you did you would never get on your bike!) but I just wanted to be sure I made that corner and once I had then it was on with the race and totally forgotten.
Overall I was very happy with my performance at Mallorca, I felt like I was in a good place when I was climbing and I felt good when sprinting so mentally that’s really encouraging especially after my time out.
It was very pleasing to be able to slot straight back into racing after having so much time away as you never know how long it can take to find your feet again.
As I’m sure you can imagine sprinting is never simple and the incident on my second podium was frustrating at the time, but you quickly move on and there is always the next race coming up fast so you really can’t dwell on it for too long. The positive thing is being right there contesting the sprints in my first race back, it means I know I’m heading in the right direction in terms of form
Post Mallorca, I took time to asses my condition and see how my body recovered I was feeling good so again a real positive. As athletes we are constantly making sure we are where we need to be in terms of condition, theses assessments allow us to see where we can improve and the areas that need work on.
When the season has started you can never rest on your laurels, you may of thought I might take a couple of days recovery after Mallorca but as I was feeling good I have to keep pushing forward with my training to improve.
So next up is Oman, I’m here now along with some of the best sprinters in the world, in fact I can only think of a couple that are not here so it should make for some super exciting sprints. I am looking forward to getting stuck into the days that suit me and giving it my best shot and seeing how I compare with these guys.
I feel confident I can hold my own a lot better now positionally as I am physically a lot stronger, but with so many great sprinters and sprint trains here its also going to be a test of my tactical nous to be able to pick the right ones to use.
It’s my first stage race for a while so it will be good to catch up with a few riders I’ve not seen for a bit, not that’s it’s a social occasion! We have our eyes firmly on the prize, but in the odd moments of calm we get in a race no doubt I’ll have a chat with a few old friends.
There are a couple of really hard days in the race and honestly I am looking forward to testing my climbing legs and if I can take my opportunities and be there challenging in the sprints for the win then great, but I am also here to help our GC contenders.
Time to go to work!