Rik Waddon TT
It’s been nine weeks since the last UCI Paracycling world cup that took place in Italy and now just over a week until the second round out in Spain where I will be part of the Great Britain team after being selected a few weeks ago. This came as super news as this has been one of my targets for this year and to pull on a Great Britain team jersey means everything and its one step closer to our big target of the year!
Everything we have done this year has been aimed at being the best we can be in July/august as the next step in the program is to gain selection for the UCI Paracycling road world championships which takes place at the end of august in Greenville out in united states.
So after Italy it was pretty much straight back into training with some new and exciting editions to my program, it’s all been focused on pushing myself to new heights and applying new techniques with some old school thinking .my diet has taken a big shift this year with us looking at gaining the maximum out of everything that i am consuming which has benefited me not just in riding my bike but also my recovery because when top athletes refer to their training program it must also include your recovery, so when you say it’s a rest day it’s also part of the training and the overall preparation for your targets.
So with just one last push required for this season I am really looking forward to the challenges over the next few weeks, It’s been a busy long season with my calendar pretty much full from day to day with training and the school visits for Sky Sports that I do to try and inspire and mentor the next generation of young people.
There hasn’t been much racing this season but that’s because the races i have done have had to be for a purpose, it’s been a case of hand picking events and targeting them instead of racing week in week out and not getting anything from it and this second part to my season has all been based around that formula.
So now just over 2 years away from the Rio 2016 Paralympic games it’s a good time to evaluate where you are with everything and to see if what you have done over the past 2 years is all on track to put yourself in that shop window when it comes to selection for the Paralympics in 2 years time!