The Return

26Aug09

A lot has happened since my last post. This is a fairly clichéd line for cycling blogs but I will do my best to update you and fill you in on what has gone on over the past weeks and give more details on particular arrears over the coming days. So sorry for not keeping you update now that I am not so busy and the blog is working I will be much more regular.

I am back in Belgium. I have been for a day and a half now and currently can’t sleep and rather than resort to chemical means to get back to sleep I have decided to start the blog.
About 5 weeks ago I started riding my bike again. Slowly, slowly at first as my body got used to being on a bike again and my bad leg got used to producing power. After two okay weeks of no more than 2.5hr rides my ankle was responding badly and the swelling was significant and coming back to Belgium looked unlikely.

The difference a week makes is incredible and 7 days later with two 150+km and two 100+km ride under my belt I was on the phone to the travel agent and booked a flight for in two weeks time. The next week wasn’t as good as the previous and I was only able to have one 100+km ride under my belt but the outlook still looked positive and I wasn’t reconsidering my position.

The last week in Australia showed my left leg reach the same power output as my right leg, continued work with a movement specialist I will describe in a later blog, which, was and still is creating huge gains in my efficiency and saw me return to racing.

The Tour of Geelong marked my first race since breaking my leg and my debut in the National Road Series. The 5 day 6 stage tour was in my mind a warm up and training kilometres as preparation for returning to Europe, which, I would fly out to the day after the race finished.

Back in the pack

Back in the pack

Off the back of the main pack on stage 3

Off the back of the main pack on stage 3

I avoided all crashes, hurt a lot at times, was humbled on numerous occasions, had a lot of fun and even surprised myself. Racing made clear my lack of power and endurance. Both of these are essential in European racing and are extremely hard to get back quickly. One thing for sure I am willing to suffer even if I am nervous about it and I am willing to spend the next month and a half in Europe chewing the stem in order to return to the form I had.

Great country side for stage 3

Great country side for stage 3

The new Malvern Stars used Barretas Bike Hub Team lined up before stage 2

The new Malvern Stars used Barretas Bike Hub Team lined up before stage 2

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