It was an honor to have been selected to attend the U.S. Paralympics Cycling Talent Development Camp in Clermont, FL February 1-7, 2015. In addition to training with elite athletes, I made a number of key contacts. I had access to top notch coaching and gained a wealth of riding techniques to put in practice. Valuable information regarding equipment was also shared. Most importantly, I am in the US Paralympics pipeline and on their radar.
I started the week off in bad shape. Prior to camp, I had a cold and it got worse due to the lengthy travel time and lack of sleep. No doubt I was feeling stressed due to the fact that I was new to the camp and did not know how things worked. As the week went on, my health improved, my stress was minimal and my performance rose to expected levels.
Managing stress levels is key to performance. That’s why I feel it is so important to be a part of as many non-qualifying events as possible in order to work out kinks in a routine that can oftentimes be upset by travel and the unknown. Really, the best thing is to not have a routine. So when it’s time to perform at the highest level, the little things that go wrong are no longer a bother. Like I often say, it’s another day at the office and it’s time to get the job done. Do the best you can and enjoy every minute of the experience.
Thank you to all who made this possible.