It's been a couple of weeks since I was seriously ill with man flu but I'm well on the road back to recovery. I'd taken it easy over the last week or so as I've been training solidly throughout summer and had started to feel a little run down, so thought best to recharge the batteries with a little light training, lots of rest and the odd duvet day.
It seems to have done the job as I was all fired up for the weekend training camp in Hayes, outside London, which was also to encompass the 2015 British Roller Ski Championship race.
It's not that often we get a road trip for roller skiing in the UK as a lot of the races are up in Scotland so it’s usually just a short minibus ride or my dad taxiing me across but this camp involved flights, minibus hire and full logistics to get 15 or so of us together for the camp and races. As a group, we've been together so long now that there is great camaraderie in the camp and despite it being a competition, we have a great laugh together.
After training sessions on the Saturday and Sunday morning, the races were held on a cycle track at Hillingdon, Middlesex. I'm not sure if it was the sunshine or the extra bowl of porridge I'd eaten in the morning but I felt on top form and raced well in the time trial. After a nervous wait for the others to come in and check their timings, turns out I won and can call myself U18 British Roller Ski Champion, although I didn't win the overall GB series which went to overall winner Jack Nicholls with me coming 2nd - well done Jack.