17 hours of darkness out of 24 hours of racing. A lot of time for reflection.
Well done gents.
Some of our cyclocross athletes are taking a break for the next few months.
They are returning into hibernation until August.
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Many athletes racing makes a coach tired.
Lots of thinking about training plans, whether we nailed it, if they are ready.
Always, the relief of a phone call or message post race saying it went well.
Always, the disappointing result which does not reflect the work put in.
Nationals are hard. They test us fully.
This weekend saw a range of riders across two National Cyclocross Championships reaching the peak of their season. Well done to one and all for some results that reflect the work you put in. Unlucky for those that did not get what they expected or deserved, it will come in time.
A special mention goes to the new Irish National Junior Cyclocross Champion David Montgomery who showed us what we knew he had. An excellent victory after a year of frustration.
Another two top ten placings in the Irish Senior Mens Championships with David O’Neil (Swords CC) in 7th place and Sean Downey (Cycleways CC) in 9th place. First time UCI points for both, scalps taken that mean more than the result.
Now we rest and reflect. Time to think about next season has not yet come.
Good luck to all our long term coached athletes competing at their National Cyclocross Championships this weekend.
Remember; Don’t think about the pain, use it to race harder, ignore your brain and push like it is the last race of your season.
Another busy weekend. 3 athletes racing at the national trophy in Derby.
1 ‘local’ in the veterans category rode respectably despite the prior training load.
Two Irish senior riders rode well in the final tune up for Nationals despite a last row gridding.
I mostly fettled bikes and got covered in mud. The other side of coaching.