The start of the X-Alps gets ever closer.
With less than two weeks to go to the start, my training plan starts to ease off dramatically in something that athletes know as 'the glorious taper'. As I start to train less I started to think about all the people who have helped me with the physical side of my preparation.
Firstly, I have Fred Gazeau to thank once again for putting together a great training plan for me and to Laurent at New Concept Sports for sponsoring me again and providing plenty of advice. In addition Nicolas Dominik, my physio has kept my body working properly even when I've tried my very hardest to damage it!
However, I wanted to mention someone else who has given up plenty of his time and facilities, not to mention his huge expertise, on working on my strength and co-ordination. Fellow local pilot Pierre-Eric Thierry has spent one evening a week over many weeks building my core strength and co-ordination through circuit training and trampolining. Jumping up and down on a trampoline might not sound like the most logical activity for X-Alps training, but actually it complements the rest of my training and hopefully my improved core strength will help avoid injuries during the race.
So I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped me to get to this point and particularly to Pierre-Eric for the gruelling Wednesday night sessions!