My latest competition hasn’t been out on the road, it’s been my body. The welcomed arrival of Spring came with the unwelcomed arrival of a cold that I just couldn’t seem to beat. As soon as I felt the attack of sickness coming on, I decided to play it safe and hide in bed. Cold 1- Edward 0.
After almost a week under the duvet, I was feeling brave enough to put in a counter-attack so I put my body to the test at the Mont Faron Time Trial. The 8.5% 4km climb on the course was really just Strava hunting sanctioned by French Cycling and I’m never one to turn down a good Strava ride. Hunting for the KOM, I went out flatbox but a good attack is only good if you have the legs to back it up. By the end of the time trial I realized I may have gone out a bit too hard. My suspicions were later confirmed when I received a much valued KOM for the first section of the climb but the not for the summit. My 4th place in the TT was frustrating but a good effort after being sick. Cold 1- Edward 1!
Since my body survived the time trial test, I lined up the next day at GP Serra Delorme. I raced aggressively but to no avail. The real attack of the race came in the final stages when I was fighting to finish the final kilometers. Turns out my body wasn’t 100% over my cold. It took a few long bottles just to stay in the group. I did finish but only just. The next morning I woke up coughing, with no voice and I knew I had given my cold the upper hand again. Cold 2- Edward 1.
The weekend racing rolled around but I wasn’t sure I was ready to gamble with my body again for the Tour de Centre Var. Full of doubt, I started the circuit race fully intending to ride one 22km lap and stop. Then I was in the break. After only 4km I was committed to the attack and, although riders came and went, it turned out to be the winning move. After 106km in front we approached the finish and I rolled across for 8th place. A good result considering the 3 weeks of sickness behind me but I’ve never been a “circumstances” kinda guy. Nevertheless, my health seemed to be on my side again. Cold 2-Edward 2
I awoke the next morning without any symptoms, just in time for the doctor’s appointment I had scheduled. After getting a clean bill of health, the real victory was finally beating my cold and heading out for my first training ride in weeks. Cold 2- Edward 3.