If you were given the chance to get a lab test on your heart and your fitness, would you take it up? Or is it better, as well as less confrontational, just riding on feel. I took the opportunity to get myself tested, but I wasn't quite prepared for how I'd react to it. Warning: this post contains data.
Hearing that the podcast I'd done with Sparta Chicks was the 2nd most popular episode of the year has really made me reflect on how much 2020 has changed me. So this is a bit of a deep dive into what I've worked on and learned this year. And it's not only about cycling.
I went into this Everest with clarity of focus, iron clad will, and a calm (anxiety free) outlook. But the planets didn't align on this one, and when my body screamed at me to stop I actually listened this time. So how important is this DNF? And why should I celebrate it?
As athletes, mental toughness is something that we constantly need to work on. Developing, training, testing, so that it's ready for when we need to call on it. So how do we work on mental toughness during lockdown in a pandemic? Spoiler alert: the answer may not be what you think.
It’s not often (okay, it’s like never) that I let people see into what I refer to as Wonderland... which is my own personal madness. So this podcast is way outside my comfort zone. But it’s an important conversation to have. Because mental health doesn’t discriminate. And we all need to work together to break the stigma. So have a listen... and please be gentle with your feedback.