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.
My first blog on the new website. With the start of the racing season only a month away, the speed and endurance training begins. Today at the Box Crossfit Gym in Airdrie, myself and Scott had an awesome time doing some circuit training. I’m getting really excited for my first race.