I was selected for the London Youth Games cycling team in 2012 and won a Gold medal. A British Cycling coach spotted me and put me on the Regional schools of racing programme and I started competing on road, track and cyclocross.
A busy mixture of longer rides on the road, Time Trial efforts, track league, turbo sessions, club training sessions and racing. I also do daily physio exercises and update my training diary. On a Saturday, I coach and over the winter I will build in some gym sessions for strength and conditioning. On a rest day, I will clean bikes and take them to Sigma for any mechanical maintenance and if there is an event coming up, I will spend time reading the rider manual, thinking and planning what I am doing and at what time over the competition days so all I have to do when I get there is think about racing and delivering the processes I have learned.
You can contribute a lot to your own success in sport as you can control how hard you work and listen, how much effort you put in along with positive attitude and determination and when the result of that shows in improved personal bests or wins that is highly motivating. My coach, Andy, motivates me as he gives me so much of his time and expertise, is always encouraging but never asks for anything in return apart from my commitment and to try to be the best I can.
I have had fantastic new experiences and met interesting and like minded people in my sport. I like the sense of developing as an athlete and a person and rising to the next challenge - and of course there is nothing better than beating your personal best or winning a race.
I admire Peter Sagan as he has come so close to winning so many times (for example in the Tour de France) and he never gives up. He was still hungry for victory and showed total determination and that paid off as he finally struck Gold and won the World Championships.
It has to be my parents for their total support and encouragement through the ups and downs and letting me chase my dreams.
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