After taking a few weeks break at the end of the season May was a month where i was just starting back into training. I also competed in a few different cycling events and school cross country races for fitness.
During May my training has been consisting of a couple of swim, ride and run sessions per week. Swimming has involved one session concentrating on technique the second on fitness. My riding has involved a midweek morning pack ride for about 25k and a weekend ride which usually includes a club race. My running has included a track session and a jog. The jogs are pretty slow but I have been working on running for an hour. The first two track sessions in May were basically 10 – 15 minute warm up with various technique and sprint drills and a short warm down. The later weeks of May included similar warm-up and drills with a main set of approximately 8 – 10 200’s with a similar float rest. The 200’s are at my cross country race pace and the floats approx 10 seconds slower.
Being the off season my racing has involved some cycling and school cross country races
I did two major cycling events during May. The first was the 60klm race at the ‘all spokes festival ‘in the Hunter Valley Vineyards on the 22 May. I raced fairly well given I hadn’t spent much time on the bike over the previous month. I ended up being the second open women home in approximately 1 hour 40minutes and about 7 minutes quicker than I did last year.
On the 28th to 29th of May I went to Goulburn for a junior cycling tour where I tested myself up against some of NSW’s best under 17’s riders, the tour consisted of 4 stages held over 2 days. The first stage was a 6km time trial; I rode pretty well placing 7th only 21 seconds slower than 1st place. In the road race i stayed with the bunch for almost the whole 45km only getting dropped 3km from the finish placing 8th. On the second day we started off with a 10km time trial, I was very tired for this and didn’t ride to well and lost almost 2 minutes on the leader placing 11th. The last stage consisted of a 47km road race, it was a tough race but I managed to stay with the front bunch until the sprint finishing 6th. Overall I placed 8th in the tour, (2min 49seconds down on the winner) which I was pretty pleased with and found a few things which I should work on to improve my ride leg, this includes being able to sprint out of the saddle up hill and having a faster reaction when other riders try to break away.
Earlier in the month I competed in the HRIS schools cross country finishing a close third which qualified me to compete in Sydney at the Aices Championships in Sydney on the second of June. The Aicies race was a 4km run over a very muddy course. I had a really pleasing solid run finishing second in a field of about 50 athletes and improving on my 3rd in the previous round.