Run up to the European Champs

I’ve had a woolly summer of training, a few niggly injuries has made it a bit disjointed, but I have been continuing to concentrate on strength. I’ve been feeling great during the last month so now it is a case of tapering to next weeks championships. This week I have been doing a fair bit of MTBO practice on areas locally I think are most similar to what we can expect in Russia. Cannock Chase, Sutton Park and Delamere Forest have been great with a few bits of urban thrown in – local housing estates that are mapped to sprint specifications. I’ve also done a little fast cadence turbo session and a lap of Cannock Chase’s Monkey trail to get speed up my legs and get my eye back into more technical XC riding.

Off the saddle I have given the bike a thorough service and have spent a few hours trying to find Russian versions of Google street view to have a look at Vyborg. I also now have my Russian visa, which took some getting….

So it’s now time to pack the bike, make sure I haven’t forgotten anything and get myself to Gatwick on Saturday !

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