After what has been by far the most rewarding but toughest 6 months both on and off the bike. Having a two week break planned was something I really needed. Both physically but more importantly mentally as well and what an epic two weeks it was. Jumped on a plane with my family to watch my younger brother play rugby down in Christchurch and then drove up to stay with the Saunders in Blenheim. Treated with everything from wine tasting through to hunting. It really was a special few days. Back up to Auckland to for a few days at the end of the week to go to a gig, see family, hang out with my mates and show my girlfriend around the 'big city'. Covid, once again forced a swift getaway from Auckland back to Cambridge where I was excited to get back into training and routine again.
I learnt a lot this break. I learnt that mental health is critical and you can't just run on fumes because you ended up falling off a pretty big cliff which I did. The lucky part was that I have an amazing network of people around me who I can't thank enough. Sometimes it is important to realise there's more to the world than just riding bikes. I'm more refreshed and motivated than ever as we build towards Tokyo next year as a team.
Till next time,
Much love Sam