The 2018 GO GOLD Podium Athletes aim to blog about their competitions and training sessions at least once a month to keep LRS updated on their progress.
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With the onset of home working and training and without the option of using public facilities, my training methodology has changed. My sister has introduced me to Les Mills Grit, body pump and body combat in the garden or when its cold like today the living room. Grit is really hard!!!
Also been taking my daily exercise jogging!! or taking the dog out for a walk (see photo)
The season is cancelled and no international polo for the foreseeable future. On the plus side I have won the British League, which wasn't complete but nearly and the outcome as obvious as Liverpool in the Premier League
For the last four weeks I have been riding and training with new guidance from my new coach. I have started to feel much stronger and better in the last two weeks and was really looking towards the summer season of road racing and cross country mountain biking. But now everything has changed since Covid 19 and I now have to concentrate on training smart as my goals have changed. Today on a cold and very windy day I opted for a Zwift training session one and half hours of the indoor training. Looks like I'll be training this way for a while...
I recently boxed in the youth championship finals and won on a unanimous decision making it my 4th national title and A week after the championships I had a European selection where we sparred all day and had to fight for a place I recently got the letter back saying I'd been picked to go to the Europeans in April in Montenegro and I then had a camp where the 6 weeks hard training began which was the following week at Tamworth where they made us work hard with lots off cardio it was just the European team but unfortunately it has been postponed to may due to the corona virus. because of this corona virus all the gyms have shut but I've been ticking over doing my own little work outs each day and running keeping my fitness up and hopefully the Europeans go ahead in may.
So it looks like the Coronavirus has stopped everything and is keeping everyone inside. It's a little boring staying at home all day but I'm still doing gym work and going on runs so it's not too bad.
This month I have competed at the British national-para championships in Sunderland and did really well I got 6/6 pb's getting a 5 second pb on my 100 free, a 14 second pb on my 200IM, a 1 second pb on my 100 backstroke, a 1.5 second pb on my 50 free, a second pb on my breastroke and a 2 second pb on my 50 fly becoming national champion in 2 events (the 100 back and 50 fly) getting 3 golds and a bronze. and obvously due to the current situation i am in isolation doing alot of land work at home and i hope that you are all well at LRS.
Below is a message I posted on Friday after a very difficult day. Firstly Friday was my last ever day at Rawlins after A levels were cancelled. Then Friday evening, potentially my last training session at City of Leicester SC after 7 brilliant years. However, there are people all over the world who are in worse positions, so it's time to be strong mentally and physically and readjust. Whilst I have no pool time, I have plenty to do at home to stay fit and our coaches are sending through daily fitness challenges. Stay safe and healthy everyone and once again, thank you Go Gold for your continued support.
Earlier in the month I competed in a senior silver level tournament in Leicester where me and my partner won bronze just loosing out in a close game to the number one seeded pair 22-20 in the third set. Unfortunately all training and tournaments is cancelled due to the circumstances at the moment. I hope you all stay safe and healthy !
In view of the recent travel restrictions for the Coronavirus, my training camp has been cancelled. It looks like my track and gym access will also be compromised but you have got to take the positives and keep smiling in these difficult circumstances! Thankfully, I am fit and healthy and I hope anyone with the virus makes a speedy recovery.
The past two weekends I have spent racing down in Weymouth. But following the corona virus the last qualifier has been cancelled along with the youth nationals that was due to be held in Easter.
I was pleased with the racing in Weymouth and although my overall place wasn't where I wanted I was happy compared to people I have close racing with.
Training has been going well in preparation for the next big meet of my season, the Sheffield Premier Open, at the end of March. The British Champs follow in April in London. However plans could all change any time soon as we all know and it's out of our control. So, it's head down for now and fingers crossed that I will have a pool open to train in.
I really didn't want to be writing this blog now, I wanted to be sat in the team car travelling to Belgium for the Nokere Koerse Junior Race in Belgium, however last night the Belgium Government cancelled all sporting events until at least 3 April, so the race is off.
I have several continental races scheduled for March-April-May and these are all looking in doubt.
I know Coronavirus is a global pandemic and a very serious public health issue with massive implications, but I can't help feeling a bit sad that I have done all this training and I won't get to compete in internationals!
I need to rethink my plans and goals for the season and keep a positive attitude.
I hope everyone is safe and healthy and the crisis is over with soon and we can get back to normal competition.
The club season is coming to an end and i have a game against Leeds and it is important to get the win so we can have a solid finishing spot in the league.
After having spent 6 weeks in Australia, it is finally time to start my season. My preparations have been going well in Burleigh Heads, Queensland with the rest of the British Triathlon Team so I am very much looking forward to seeing how my first race of the year - the Mooloolaba World Cup - on 14/03.
Last week I did my first race of 2020 and my first race as a Junior. It was the Pimbo E/1/2 road race near Wigan in very windy conditions. I missed the winning move and our chase group were unable to close the gap on the leaders. I finished 13th.
Today I did the BRRT Spring Classic a 92km 2/3/4 road race near Bedford, again the weather was very windy. This time I managed to get in all the moves and stayed near the front, the tail wind up hill finish suited me and I got 2nd.
Next week I am going to Belgium to do the Nokere Koerse Junior Spring Classic UCI road race.
Photo courtesy of Michael Webb.
I was lucky enough to go to Mallorca with the East Midlands and Yorkshire Triathlon Academy which aimed to give developing athletes a taste of what professional triathletes do. The week was very hard training, including 2 rides which were over 120km in length. Unfortunately, with two days left in Mallorca I crashed whilst on a ride. We where traveling at 50kmph on a straight road and I clipped the back wheel of the rider in front of me as the pace of the group slowed down. I went to hospital and got 8 stitches in my knee and had lots of road rash down my right side. This has meant I have not been able to train for 2 weeks in case it opens up again. I am now gradually getting back to training again but with the already existing knee problems, this might put me back further.
This past month I have been training hard to get myself over an illness. Fortunately, this past week I have felt that I have got back to my previous fitness which allow me to swim faster in competitions, this has made me feel more confident about myself and hopefully ready for some meets coming up in the next month including British Champs which is one of my biggest meets of the season. Next weekend I am swimming at the Putteridge open meet where I will be swimming the 1500m freestyle; this will be the first 1500 long course of the season and will give a good indication of areas of improvement.
This weekend I competed in the English schools swimming gala for East Midlands. I came 2nd for the 200br in the year 11, 12 and 13 age group because it was in school years. I placed 5th in the 200 fly and then I didn't do very well in the 400IM but I had to forget about that and carry on with the weekend. Overall I really enjoyed the weekend and it was a good experience.