Jake's October Update
Hi everyone theres been a lot happen over the past few weeks, and a few changes of plans.
After the last mountain bike National I was set to kick start the cross season. I headed to the first round of the Lincolnshire league which was a tough course. I felt good off the start and was battling with another local lad who was strong.
Jakes August Update
It's been a busy few weeks with a couple of important races as well.
At the start of August I had the National Mountain Bike Championships which was held at Wasing Estate down south. I had a fairly good ride coming home in 13th, although I was hoping for a top 10.
Jakes July Update
Nothing much has really been happening lately other than the 4th round of the National mountain bike series which was held up in Scotland. The weather was horrible and the course was super muddy, I got off to bad start and was struggling to make up places as there was a lot of running in the first half a lap. Then I came into a decent which wasn't difficult as all and just lost the front wheel landing awkwardly on my back.
Jakes June Update
Things have been great recently, training has been going well and the couple of races I did have gone well.
I have done Bingham mountain bike race, which is part of a Friday night series which was a good, fun circuit where the youths start with the senior men and everyone else. I had a great start and moved into 4th and held that for 2 laps and then my chain dropped off so I slipped back to 6th overall. I won the youths which was half an hour but I carried on for the full hour and finished 7th overall.
2012 Early Season Update
Sorry there hasn't been an update for some time but everything is going great. I did my first race at Dronsfield in april which was a mountain bike race, part of the midlands xc series. I raced it to get a good gauge of where I was at that point. I didn't have a very good result and my lap times were well down but since then I've been getting a lot fitter and beginning to feel better on the bike.
Feb 1st 2012 Update
It's been 5 months since breaking my back and the physio has finally discharged me!
I am really pleased with this but know that I still have a long way to go before im on the start line. But this is a huge step forward for me.
I can't wait to get racing again, thanks for the support!
Everything is going great, my back is getting a lot stronger and I'm able to do a lot more. I'm doing 15 minutes on the turbo as well.
I'm seeing the physio in 5 weeks time now and might be discharged. So I'm really focused on getting back to strength for next cyclocross season and just getting back on my bike properly will be great.
Injury Update 10th December
Physio went great yesterday and I will see her again in 8 weeks, in the New Year I can have a go on the road and once off the pain killers I can start to build it up.
I am now close to being back to normal and can the brace will be gone by New Years Day if all goes well.
Thanks for the support,
Injury Update 17th November
Just a quick update as I've been back to the Sheffield Children's Hospital and it's been great news!
My back is back to normal after 11 weeks. I can now start to go swimming and walk without my brace. After 6-7 weeks once I have got fully back to normal I can ride on the road.
I'm extremly pleased and would like to say a massive thanks to everyone whos helped me so far!
Sorry there hasn't been an update for some time, but everything is going great at the minute with my back. I am now able to fit on a excersise bike for a couple of minutes. Also I am now able to sit in the office chair without my brace on for half an hour.
I'm back to sheffield for my final x-ray on the 17th, when hopefully I should be healed up. I will be putting another update on after the hostpital, when I should have a better idea as to when things will really start to move forward.
Thanks for all the support!
UK School Games
Sorry there hasn't been an update for a while but I've had a busy couple of weeks. My recent event was the Sainsbury's UK school games held in sheffield this year. This is a multi sport event for youths from 14-16 year old from both sexes.
I was to compete in the mountain bike event with the East Midlands team.
National Circuit Championships
This weekend was the National circuit championships held in Bradford.
It was a tough course with a long quite steep climb. I was at the back if the grid as I hadn't done that many National Circuit races this year. It went fast from the go and I couldn't get up to the main peleton.
National MTB Champs
This weekend was the National MTB XC Championships and a very muddy one. I did 2 laps in the afternoon on Saturday and it was slightly dryer than race day.
I choose really good tyres for the race which really helped me and there was a tricky decent and steep climbs. But I liked the course. It rained all the way up to the start.
BMBS Round 4 - Margam Park
Last weekend was the 4th round of the British Mountain Bike Series held at Margam park, Wales. On practise day it was raining and made the course slippery, but everyone knew that it was going to get very hot for race day.
BMBS Round 3
This weekend was round 3 of the British Mountain Bike Series held at Wasing near Reading. It was a fun course to ride with quite a lot of technical twisty sections, and a few short fire tracks. I really enjoyed the conditions on race day as it had rained in the night and had given the course a slippery surface.