Do you ever have a week of training that really just seems to good to be true? Well, I have. I just had a great week on the bike. I really feel like my form is coming around. My legs are back to turning the pedals at a nice smooth cadence. My power numbers are coming around. My ability to push my body further and harder is there. I think this past week was a true break-through week for me.
My body is giving me the signals that it is ready. Thanks to the keen work of my coach, we’ve got a great training plan set up that allows me to get in the intensity I need to rebuild my muscle mass and fitness as well as getting in the recovery I need. So, suffice it to say, I’m very happy with how things are going right now.
I’m in a very positive mental space when it comes to the upcoming cyclo-cross season. I know that getting through this hurdle of rebuilding my body, adjusting to training on my new medicine, and simply getting back to racing will serve me well in my upcoming race season. I suppose there really is a silver lining to everything. Sometimes it is hard to see this silver lining when everything seems so rotten and unfair – but I’ve been lucky to have people around me who remind me of looking forward and not focusing on the small things.
There are lots of athletes out there who have gone through what I’m going through. If Lea Davison can come back after a year of out racing and training – then so can I. If Katie Compton can overcome her muscular issues as well as some nasty injuries sustained last year at Mont St. Anne – then there is no reason why I can’t. If Matt Brammier can return to racing and achieve a pro career with HTC-Colombia after a terrible accident that involved a cement truck and his bike – then so can I. Yes, just a handful of cyclists who have done it – and I’m going to be part of this.
Today I’ve got a little recovery ride on tap and then it is full-steam ahead with progress and forward momentum. Good stuff.