I arrived in Denver on the 1st December and so far I’ve had an amazing week! Having never travelled out with Europe, I was thrilled at the opportunity to make the journey over to America. With a long haul flight full of team athletes it was going to be a fun trip, the ten hours passed surprisingly fast and before I knew we’d landed in Colorado.
After the immediate touristy excitement we drove on up to Frisco, celebratory Chipotle and then bed. Jetlag killed us all for the first couple days but with world class parks like Breckenridge and Keystone we didn’t spend much time lying around the house.
My reoccurring leg injury had been a problem over the summer and pre-season, with knowledge of a missed fracture appearing in scans and the development of a re-fracture in October, I was on strict rehab for this trip. First day at Breck, I was really unsure of what to expect from my leg and I was amazed when it performed incredibly well, no pain and feeling strong. I developed a progressive plan together with Alison the team physio, and have been working through it building up my riding as the days go by! I’m now able to spin all ways on the kickers and perform some of my harder rails tricks. I couldn’t be happier with my development this week and the injury is reacting really well to the gradual increase in intensity up on the mountain.
The facilities in the area are fantastic. With the Breckenridge Rec Center and Woodward at Copper only a short drive away we have been making the most of what’s on offer. John Noonan, Team GB Strength and Conditioning coach we’ve been heading up to the Rec Center regularly. With everything from free weight gym to tennis courts and swimming pool it’s perfect for down days and recovery sessions. Woodward at Copper is unbelievable facility with roller-boards, massive kickers, foam pits, a super tramp and more, it’s by far the best place to hone your tricks and prepare new ones for the next day up on the mountain.
I’m stoked to have another two weeks here and get working on a few new tricks before the European season gets in to full flow! Lots more to come on the blog so stay tuned!