There’s more than one way to skin a cat. My prep for the National Mtb Champs

With the British National Mountain Bike Championships being held in my home town of Glasgow this weekend, I have never been more interested in winning a race.
The week before a targeted event like this usually finds serious riders training in short, controlled efforts then resting like mad in darkened rooms while nibbling cottage cheese on rice cakes.
I am finding that at this stage of the season (and perhaps this stage of my life) more important to me is remaining in love with my sport. Last week I sacked off the intervals and practised wheelies instead. At the weekend I rode with my dog up the Fungle Road in Ballater then went swimming in Glen Tanar.
I can’t justify this approach with science. But the number crunchers in the lab don’t know the first thing about the power of the mind yet and so I think as long as I’m not being lazy then staying motivated and delighted by my bike is the best prep I can manage for this weekend.
There is more than one way to skin a cat. Take advice but find your own way and keep loving it or give up taxidermy.

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