My 2017 road season has unfortunately come to an abrupt end due to some unusual blood test results. At the start of August I started feeling odd on the bike. My heart rate was incredibly high and I was feeling a bit fatigued. Naturally I thought I needed to back off my training a little, so I did leading into the Team Time Trial and Sweden Road Race World Tour on the 11th and 13th of August. All was reasonably ok, so I raced a the 4-day ladies tour of Norway. I was not myself, and wasn’t able to help at the pointy end of races, like I normally can.
I had a blood test during the week to see what was going on. It came back saying I was ok. I raced Holland Ladies Tour the following week and managed to scrape through the 7-day tour. Once again, I wasn’t myself and felt like I was just making up numbers. I had the exact same blood test sent off for a second opinion and was told to stop riding straight away. With some very unusual Thyroid levels across two areas (missed by the initial doctor) I was unable to race the final race of the season, the criterium in Madrid.
I have since been under further tests with the endocrinologist and will return to Australia on October 11 to follow this up. All looks to be manageable, but it’s important to get on top of as soon as possible.
I’m looking forward to getting on top of things so I can get underway with the 2018 track season, with eyes set on the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
I’d like to thank everyone for your support.