Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been fortunate enough to have gone abroad for some warm weather consolidation training in Gran Canaria. As we enter into race season in the next month or so, this was a massively welcome opportunity to work on all aspects of my sprinting technique to try and be in the best position possible when the races start to come thick and fast in May and June.The funding for the trip came from Help for Heroes as part of my continuing involvement with their Front Line to Start Line programme, and the training was put on by Professional Warm Weather Training. Outside of PWWT’s expertise, I was also massively fortunate to have not only my own coach, Roger, but also a lower-limb amputee running specialist, Hayley Ginn, who runs a company called Carbon Motion. Having this support network around me for nearly a week was absolutely invaluable, and the confidence I gained in advance of the race season will prove absolutely invaluable. Having made the most of the winter training in terms of improvements in overall strength, stamina and speed, this week was a real opportunity to make the subtle changes needed that will allow me to make the most of what we developed out of season.
Everything was scrutinised as best as possible with the coaches and I critiquing every aspect of the run to try and make those small gains. For example, hand and foot positioning at the start, as well as block height. First step turnover improvement, hand and arm positioning and movement on both the bend and the straight. Body position on the bend, coming out of the bend and then on the straight. It was a tough training period but the runs on the last day felt so strong and so fluid that I’ve started to look forward to racing, rather than feeling like a bag of nerves!
Off the track during the week, I also had access to Paul, one of the therapists working for PWWT. Not only did he continue with the therapy that I’ve been having on my shoulder, he also gave me some sound guidance on stretches, flexibility and using the foam roller properly so that I can make the most out of every session whilst minimising the risk of muscle injuries.
To really make the week awesome, great weather, great food and great company really made it something special and I can’t thank the Sports Recovery team at H4H and Jayne Kavanagh in particular for sorting the whole trip out.
The only down side to the week was that it was the longest I’ve been away from Emily since she arrived, and I found that side of it really hard to deal with. Thankfully, Hayley made sure I had daily photo updates to keep morale high. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to get used to it properly though.
For now, back to training and getting ready for racing!