Monday, 4 June 2012

Sickness, Selection and Study

The last few weeks have been super busy getting ready to go off to North America, getting all the last minute admin sorted. I'm leaving on the 15th and can't wait!

I'm travelling with Nigel and Paul McDowell landing in Montreal and going straight to Mont St-Anne to get ready for the World Cup at 9am local time on the 23rd June.
From there we will head down to Windham in New York State in the US to get ready for the next World Cup round. Us under 23's are racing at the same time as the juniors on the 30th there, so will be good run around for all of us kiwi's chasing each other at the same time.

The bike has been getting some TLC and with the help of Marc and the crew at R&R Sport Dunedin it's now running some bling with nice new XTR running gear, ready to race. 



Training was going well but the cold Dunedin flat cracked me and I came down with a painful chest infection that had me off the bike for a week. In that time I was able to do some study however for the upcoming exams I have to do before I take off. I am now looking after myself a lot more healthwise as I was losing the plot slightly not being able to ride.

However when I was sick I received some great news on Wednesday morning, being named in the U23 New Zealand Team for the World Championships in Austria later in September. 
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I was stoked to hear this, and really happy to see some reward from the summer of racing. With some uncertainty regarding selection criteria this year it was good to get some concrete evidence and  if I can put the results out in the US after this sickness I will be up to have a crack at the euro superstars in August/September.
 
Also in the down time, I was able to make a horrible mash up of the go pro footage I got while I was out procrastinating up Signal Hill in the Dunedin sunshine. 


Cheers 



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