So this is my first blog since the World Championships in Hong Kong last month and there is no sugar coating that particular experience - it was a disappointment, a big disappointment, both individually and as a team.
Ever since I missed out on selection for the Olympics, these Championships had been a big target and, for a variety of reasons, I was nowhere near the level I wanted to be or that I was at in London 12 months earlier where I won a silver and a bronze.
I was ill with quite a bad virus early in the new year, which probably cost me a month of training, but I’m not using that as an excuse - it’s part and parcel of sport.
And I think certain aspects of my training didn’t work which is something I’m addressing with our coaches.
I was way out of medal contention in the individual pursuit although I was quite happy with the opening 3km. It was just the final kilometre when I looked to press on that I discovered I just didn’t have the legs.
The team pursuit was slightly better, thanks to some great performances by some of the younger lads like Kian Emadi, and we came fourth. But overall the male endurance performances weren’t great.
The women enduros saved the day, though, and that was a major consolation - as was the display of the young men’s sprint squad. So, despite me being miserable, it wasn’t all doom and gloom.
Anyway, the experience gave me food for thought and helped me re-focus on the summer season on the road with Team WIGGINS and, hopefully, a better showing at the Europeans in the autumn.
To that end, I’ve been training quite hard and my first WIGGINS race of the summer will be at the Lincoln Grand Prix next weekend which I’m really looking forward to.
I’ve also had a couple of promotional events to keep me occupied over the last few weeks.
I’ll be riding for WIGGINS in the Revolution Series later this year so we had a launch for that in Manchester where, bizarrely, the organisers had me and my old mate Ed Clancy taking part in a challenge so see who could construct a lego model quickest - spoiler alert: Ed cheated!!
I really enjoyed riding for my friends at Pedalsure last winter and I’ll still be working with them on other projects, but it will be nice to represent my road team on the track this season.
I’ve also got a Rapha appearance with WIGGINS at their Manchester store this Thursday so if anyone is in the vicinity it would be great if you pop in and say hello.
That aside, since Hong Kong it has been all about getting back into the routine of training and the odd job around the house - like some Ikea wardrobe construction - and, as the picture below proves, there was also an encounter with a HUGE snake near the house one day. It was like something out of a David Attenborough documentary although I’m relieved to say it was only a grass snake … I think.
Oh, and talking of nature, while I was away, my wife Lauren was in a local pet store one day and, unsurprisingly, failed to return empty-handed. So met the two latest additions to the Tennant zoo:
Anyway, I hope to see you out and about in the next few weeks on the roads or on appearances. Until then, ride safely