TOUR OF BRITAIN & LEARNING LESSONS

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Finally more than 2 days in a row of sunshine in the UK…….Everyday I've gone out this week with way too many layers on expecting it to be back to the normal "British Summer" we've been having and had to take more and more layers off, nice one weather, be my guest and stay around longer!

As some of you may already know I'm not riding the Tour of Britain this year.  I'm really gutted to be missing out but have been struggling with my road race form and Raleigh-GAC are sending a strong team which I'm sure will get some great results so best of luck to them!  The start is tomorrow in Ipswich, check out www.tourofbritain.com for more info on the race.     

Having had a great start to the year in Mexico I was really looking forward to the rest of the season and confident I was going better than ever before.  While I have been racing consistently in the Tour Series and Elite Criterium's I wasn't feeling my normal self and just put that down to getting sick shortly before the Tour Series started.  Having spoken to other riders, they said "everyone feels that way", the crit races are that hard it's rare you do feel "good" in them.

Anyway, I have learnt my lesson here in a few ways.  Mainly to listen to my body, I knew that something wasn't quite right but put it down to something else and just kept on trying to push through, which is rarely the best thing to do.  Secondly, I will always get checked out by a physio after crashing, no matter how insignificant the crash may have been.  The feeling I was getting was not being able to put down a consistent power over a period of time as my left leg/ glute was locking up.  I only noticed this after one of the last crit races when I tried to do a solid block of road training. 

Having been to the physio, my pelvis was out of line, which could have been to do with the minor crash I had at the start of the Tour series, could have been made worse by it. I guess I will never know for sure but it has certainly taught me a lesson for the future.  At the moment I am doing exercises to try and rehab but unfortunately its not going to sort itself out over night.  I'm trying to finish off the season as best I can and work hard in the off season to make sure I am 100% fit and well for winter training.

On a more positive note, I'm off to Belgium tomorrow for two races on 10th/11th.  I'm looking forward to getting back to Belgium where I learnt to race and catch up with people out there.  It'll be a tough few races as my leg is still not 100% but I will do my best to get up there.

 

Thanks for reading

Tobyn

 

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