When motivation get’s a bit low I always find taking some time to reflect and refocus in order to help bring that spark back.
So, to start with a bit of refocusing I thought I’d share my plans for next year and the lead up to Race Across America in June.
The key for the next 197 days before the start is to get comfortable and confident with my race strategy, nutrition and working with a crew. But more than that, it’s not doing events or challenges that detract from the training or my motivation. So I’ve picked some events that give me the best possible chance of reaching California in the best physical and mental shape.
The 2022 calendar
8 January – 6hour virtual World Time Trial Championships on FulGaz
March – UK based cycling record attempt (more to follow…)
6 May – The Wild West Country – an 800km loop through the best of the South West, starting and finishing at the Wild Carrot in Chavenage. Find out more at https://theperfidiousalbion.cc
29 May – RideLondon – Essex 100 – 100 miles on traffic-free roads through the heart of London and through some of Essex’s most beautiful countryside and villages in between. Find out more at https://www.ridelondon.co.uk/
14 June – Race Across America (RAAM) starts in Oceanside, California.
I’ve not made any plans post-RAAM. Why? Well I think I’ll have earned a rest and also potentially taking a break from formal training for a little before refocusing on what comes next. I genuinely don’t know what that looks like, whether that is more ultra distance racing or mixing things up. I’m open to just seeing what makes me happy.
What is Race Across America (RAAM)?
Race Across America (RAAM) is one of the most respected and longest running ultra-endurance events in the world. RAAM is seen as a pinnacle of athletic achievement not only in cycling circles but the greater sporting community as well. Starting in Oceanside, under one of the longest piers in California, RAAM spans 3000 miles, climbs 175,000 feet, crosses 12 states and finishes at City Dock in Annapolis, Maryland.
There is no other race in the world like RAAM. There is no race that combines the distance, terrain and weather; no other event that tests a team’s spirit from beginning to end. RAAM is the true test of speed, endurance, strength and camaraderie, the ideal combination of work and play. Find out more here.
That last paragraph pretty much sums up why I want to do it, because it’s the hardest thing I can do on the bike. But, I believe that this shouldn’t be purely selfish and that through taking on these amazing challenges we can change the world, or a small part of it at least.
That’s why I’m supporting two incredible Charities – Pace and Action4Youth – who do amazing things to ensure every child, irrespective of their background or ability, has the opportunity to fulfil their potential in life.
You can find out more about these amazing charities and what they do to support children and young people here
So, not a jam packed year ahead but one that is focused on the big goal and the reason why!
If you are interested in finding out more about my journey, RAAM and the charities I’m supporting then get in touch. I’m keen to discuss opportunities to work with like minded people and companies who share my values and may be interested in supporting my team and I at RAAM.