Pre-Olympic Training

July 15, 2012

After the Track World Championships I had a two-week break before easing back into training. By the 1st of May the women’s track endurance team were back in Adelaide to commence phase one of our Olympic preparation. We spent three weeks training on the road and fitted in as much media training and Olympic publicity as possible before heading off overseas for the long-haul to the Olympics.

First stop was Holland. As we had done last year, the team headed to Holland for a month of training and racing on the road. This was a good chance to get in some quality kilometres to use as a base before we hit the shorter, more intense track efforts leading into competition. The team of Melissa Hoskins, Amy Cure, Josie Tomic and I worked really well together during the races and pulled off a handful of wins between us. I managed to win a 120 kilometre road race in Ronostrand.

Holland was an important stage of the trip as we spent four weeks together and really learnt how to ‘gel’ together. Even though all the girls live in Adelaide, we generally only see each other at training so this environment forced us to live together and get to understand each other’s traits to a greater level. Looking back that month was very beneficial and we became noticeably ‘tighter’ as a team before we started the next phase of our trip, track camp in Switzerland.

The team out training in Switzerland

Switzerland has been great. We have spent a couple of weeks training with the men’s track endurance squad on both the track and road and things are looking positive. Our time’s have been fast and our coach, Gary Sutton has said that we are where we need to be at this point in our preparation. The weather has been great; bright, sunny days with temperatures in the mid to high twenties. Occasionally a storm will roll through over the mountains, but that is generally after we’ve finished training in the afternoon.  The scenery is spectacular. Mountains surrounding us with tips covered in snow, valleys of bright green with rivers and lakes weaving through cute little towns. The food has been ok, pretty standard but we’re all ready for something new.

We’re leaving for Italy today to meet up with the sprint team for our final Olympic track preparation. This will be our last three weeks before we head into London for the Olympic Games. It’s finally starting to feel ‘real’. There is less than a month till race day. I’m very pleased with where the team is at and where I am at in regards to form. I’m obviously not ‘ready’ but everything has been positive and our times now are ahead of those taken one month before the World Championships, and if that’s anything to go by, we could be in for an exciting few weeks!

There’s still a long way to go but at least we know we’re headed in the right direction. I’m really looking forward to the next few weeks. The hard, slog-like sessions are done, now we’re heading into the shorter, sharper, more specific training. This is where we start to see the hard work paying off. I can’t wait. Bring on the land of pizza and pasta!

Bio

Annette Edmondson (born 12 December, 1991 in Adelaide) is an Australian cyclist who races for the Australian Track Cycling Team.

Annette is a three-time World Champion, Olympic medallist and dual Commonwealth Games Champion.

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