We are off once again, a small alpine town called Livigno in Italy is the destination. On the Italian/Swiss Border, Livigno sits at an altitude of around 1800m and is surrounded by beautiful mountain passes. Being my second time at altitude it is always a tough few days getting acclimatised. As we will be racing at altitude in Beijing at the Paralympics, its important to spend the time now to see how your body reacts with the changes in altitude.
Todays session was a climb up the amazing Forcola di Livigno pass. Livigno Pass or Forcola di Livigno Pass is a high mountain pass in the Alps on the border between the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland and the Province of Sondrio in Italy. It connects Bernina Pass in Switzerland with Livigno in Italy. The top of the pass sits at around 2315m so we gain 500m in elevation in only 7km of climbing.
During the lockdown the team and I have been doing several virtual training camps usually held over a week in an effort to bring us all together over Zoom. This helps to split up the summer training as it can be lonely doing all the miles we do and doing it in isolation adds an extra element of boredom. As part of these we do a 5km max effort time trial on the Concept 2 Ski Erg. The most previous being on Wednesday 8th of July. Since march we have done 4 of these, with each setting a better time. I managed to set myself a New PB with a time of 19 minutes 26 seconds. These time trials are a good test of our physical fitness during the season but they are also a good mental test. There are a few pictures from the test captured by my coach to highlight the things I need to improve on.
Physio is going well following my operation, starting to notice some big improvements. My range of movement has increased significantly and everything has healed well.
Today was my first day back training post op. Strength and conditioning work out today with some Physio thrown in. Feeling much better after doing some activity.
Recovery from surgery is well under way and I’m feeling good. Getting loads of life admin caught up on. Today I went to WestMARK and got cast for a new socket for my prosthetic.
I was up at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital getting some more surgery done on my right leg and stump. Procedure went well, and it was a good time post season to get the necessary done. Now on the road to recovery.
The highlights of my 40 minutes of race put into 3 minutes, hope you enjoy better than I did
My final race of my first world cup was the 890m sprint. The course consisted of one big hill and several corners and the top 12 times in the sprint qualifing for the semifinals. I finished 25th with a time of 2:19:5 which was only 20 seconds behind the winner, making me feel very proud of my achievements.
I felt like the Vuokatti world cup was a great success.
Its now time to train even harder for my next world cup in 12-19 January 2019 – Ostersund, Sweden.
Race 2 is the 5 km.
Race 2 of the camp was by far the best. I now knew what I had to do and now knowing the course I went out to enjoy the experience.
Finishing with a time of 18:30:4 allows me to qualify of the World Championships in Canada in February next year.