The Climb, the Comeback: C2C 2017

Kia Ora team, long time no stories, for that I am sorry. Let me summarise the ultimate training plan that has been unfolding since the last post:

September 2016 – We wrapped up the China event season with an awesome 3rd at the WengAn race after the horrific setbacks in the weeks preceding.

The final day of China racing 2017, awesome comeback for Hamish and the team

The final day of China racing 2017, awesome comeback for Hamish and the team

October 2016 – Wrapped up the Diploma in Outdoor Instruction and Guiding in Greymouth and moved to Christchurch, the hub/HQ for Coast to Coast training.

Checking out the new local trails in Chch (not allowed to ride this bike for a wee while)

Checking out the new local trails in Chch (not allowed to ride this bike for a wee while)

Since then I have been training full time with some occasional multisport kayak instructing/guiding through the reputable TopSport kayaking company.

TopSport Kayaking Waimakariri Guiding

TopSport Kayaking Waimakariri Guiding

It’s been an exciting few months, with the focus primarily on training and recovery and the gains have been overwhelming. Despite the almost non existent income (instructing) I have ensured my living is of high quality (living off a rapidly decreasing savings). Great house, great food, great nutrition, massages, ice baths, great coaching, driving long distances if I have to to ensure every session is of the best quality, hot stretch classes, saunas/cold showers, and even testing out some specialist high altitude training now too!

Cycling points to note: I now have a power-meter (ongoing hate/love relationship) and I’m finally comfortable on the TT bike and holding the aero position for long periods of time….

Lots of smoothies down the gullet!

Lots of smoothies down the gullet!

My kayaking, running and cycling is ALL faster than ever and I’m pretty damn excited about it.

No way I could have pulled this off a year ago at such a low HR

No way I could have pulled this off a year ago at such a low HR

There are endless people to train with here in Chch and it makes the difference.

I just need to make sure now I don’t peak too early or let fatigue get the better of me – Feeling pretty healthy!

Training at 3500m! #altitude

Training at 3500m! #altitude

Stay tuned to Facebook for updates. FTW.

About Sam

Aircraft Technician/Outdoor Instructor but currently a full time Multisport Athlete. Super passionate about outdoor adventures and seeing how well I can get my body to perform for the sports I do. Striving to be the best I can be and help/inspire anyone that wants to be along the way.

Posted on January 6, 2017, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Awesome update Sam — pleased it is going so well – cheering you on. Myra

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