Since the start of the season there has been a lot of highs and a lows. The highest bit was loosing all the weight and the lowest was my form at the start of the season.Going to the "winter training" i thought i put in a good winter even at 13st i did a fairly good winter but if i wasn't 13st and I was the weight i was now i could of done a better one.The leaving "college bit has worked out i think.If i didn't leave college i would probably be the same weight as i was back during the winter. I remember the first race of the season up in Monsterevin in Kildare and i rode well but i lost a bit of time coming to the line but i managed ok. The next race was Tralee and i didn't even last 40km in the bunch and rode on my own to the line. After Tralee I had to do something about my weight. I left it go until the Cycling Pursuits race when i didn't finish that. I got onto a local nutritionist Pat Reynolds and in the space of a few weeks my life changed and i haven't looked back since. My diet changed,sleep pattern and my moods. When i used to come home from Saturday spins or Sunday spins during the winter i would nearly eat the house as I would be starving . I used to find it hard getting up and I would always be arguing at home with the parents over stupid things. I can come across as a "lazy" person but im not like that half of the time. I do my best with everything. Since i lost all the weight my moods,cycling & sleeping has been 110% better.Going back to Ras Lumini i got away in an early break but i ended up getting a flat tyre and had to go back to the finish line as there was no neutral service. A few races later came the Des Hanlon. I wasn't looking forward to this race. The past few times i never finished it. Its the second or third most hardest 1-day race in Ireland. I was still in the bunch after the first lap and going onto the second my legs gave in but i managed to get around the second in freezing temperatures.The Fermoy race i rode grand until my pedal broke. Every week i have been improving and finishing in the bunches.Recently i rode in Currow and i could see the break up the road and i jumped across to them and stayed in with a lap and a half and then a few more came across and my legs were just gone. This weekend i was just hoping to get around Kanturk and try my best. It turned out to be the best weekend i have had in a long time on the bike. Ok I did lose a 12 mins on the last stage but look at the other stages. I finished in the bunch the first day were none of the favorites were in the break. I only lost 36 seconds. Last year i lost 27 mins. I rode a good time trial. I was only 1 min 45 down on the winner and i was 1:51 down overall. Sunday turned out to be the best result on the bike in a long time. Riding on the first lap my legs were a small bit tired but they got going. There was a crash early on and i avoided it.Going onto the Mallow road i made my way up to the front on the 2nd lap. I saw Stephen Shanahan and Brendan Cassidy go on the attack and i said there could be something about to happen here. I got into the 52x11 and jumped across. I looked back and there was about 10 more following me including gc threat Cathal Moynihan. We had the gap at 40 but around 30 for most of it. Last lap i thought we were going to be caught but once we past that petrol station i new we weren't going to be caught. I came home 12th out of 120 riders. My legs we just tired in the end. I put in a good time trial and then to get 12th. I was over the moon. Loosing the weight has helped so much and im hoping that a result will come my way soon. I really want to get it soon after 12th on Sunday. I will keep training and im sure it will come soon .
|Kanturk (2013) 75kgs|
|Back in Tralee (2013) 81kgs|