Published on 1st August 2017 | By Chris Walker

Following the Island Games at the end of June, I took a mid season break. A time to recharge the batteries before hitting the second half of the season in Belgium.

The season is long and I started relatively early here in Belgium, with my first race day in early February. Since then I have been racing once or twice a week on average. Racing this frequently is something that is new to me and has taken a fair bit of getting used to. In previous years I have followed my local race calendar and raced in Europe, however the total number of races doesn’t even come close to what I’ve covered already this season.

The amount of racing began to catch up with me last month and I planned a break with my coach. I didn’t touch a bike for just over a week and caught up with friends and family back home and enjoyed some of the things that us cyclists sacrifice year round. It was as much of a mental break as it was a physical one, which is something I feel is really important for your general health.

I’m definitely feeling the benefits already and am back training and racing in Belgium. Body and mind refreshed, I have been building endurance and regaining power that was lost during the break. I now look forward to a local Kermesse in Oosterzele on Sunday which will be used as training for RONDE VAN OOST-VLAANDEREN, a four day stage race starting on 19th August.

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