What an amazing Christmas, Lots of laughs, family time, and good food. After a busy few months in Dublin, I’ve been back in Sheffield for two weeks. Sheff will always be home for me and the Peak District my back garden. Most certainly a key factor in the development of my overly large quads (doesn’t fully explain the chicken ankles though!)
Although I focus on racing, 99.9% of my time is spent training. The hours out on the road and trails is where the races are won and lost. Simple as that. I love training in beautiful places, and Sheffield is one of my favourites.
After a few wet but mild days of cycling the many great climbs in the area, snow descended on South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire in a big way. The feeling of running in fresh snow is one of the best things in the world, As soon as the white stuff had settled, I was straight out there.
Running around Mayfield and LImb Valley with snow weighing down the trees was beautiful. Coming back from Curbar and crossing the roman road back to Ringinglow as the afternoon sun began to set – absolutely stunning! Hope the picture gives you a flavour of what I mean.
Thankyou Sheffield for an amazing few weeks. Truly one of the best places to train in the UK. I’m always sad to leave it but immensely proud to call it home.
Bring in 2015, its going to be amazing. Very much looking forward to Stu helping to guide me as we work towards European Championships in April and World Championships in September.