Team Cycling Plus - Sam Shaw

Shin splints hinder the training regime

Team Cycling Plus will be updating you each week with the highs and lows of their training as part of the team. A sprint for the train makes training difficult for Sam this week...

Team member: Sam Shaw

29 year old Sam who lives in Stirling weighed in at 20stone in 2006. But through discovery of his love of bikes he has shed over 6stone and is still losing. Beginning with tentative 5km commutes, working up to include an 18km detour with 360m climbs, and now braving sportives and time trials, Sam’s newfound obsession has changed his life. His goals are to get down to 13stone and wear lycra with pride....

If I thought last week was a tough one, then this week has really taken me by surprise.  I went for my chartership exam on Tuesday which involved an over-night stay, and on the way back I had a 10 minute slot to get from Glasgow Central to Glasgow Queen Street station in order to get my connecting train home.  My train got in a bit late so I ran through the streets of Glasgow, clutching all of my study material and got to the station in time to be told that the train didn’t in fact stop where I wanted to go and I’d get the next one in ten minutes!

Now I’m not a strong runner, and it was made worse by wearing a pair of Clarks that are usually more suited to carpets in meeting rooms so on Wednesday morning I woke up with awful pain in my legs, a pain I’d felt before: shin splints.  Needless to say, I took the easy 5 mile option to and from the office and even then my legs didn’t feel 100%.

On Thursday I felt the same, but I’d made a promise to a friend that if he went for a run on Wednesday night, I’d do my training ride in, so I did.  20miles, 350m of climbing and what felt like 20 pints of sweat later I arrived at work feeling as though I’d achieved something but still not feeling right, and the shin splints were still there. 

So today (Friday) I decided that rest is going to be the key.  I’m not over the stresses of the preparation for my exam, and this has taken its toll physically and mentally.  On top of this the shin splints have made getting around agony this week.  And to think I’d thought I could’ve managed the Etape Caledonia this weekend!  I’d made the decision that it would be too much (that and it’s the mother in law’s 50th on Sunday) and it was the correct one.  I just hadn’t realised the exam prep would affect me so much, nor did I think that getting back into the training regime would be so difficult.

The good news is that I’m going away this weekend to the Lake District, no bike, no hard exercise, just a bit of full-on R&R!  I’ll be back on Tuesday and I’m hoping that I’ll have recovered enough to hit the hills hard in preparation for doing the Keswick Sportive (my first!) on the 22nd May

Who are Team Cycling Plus?

Team Cycling Plus powered by Verenti are readers Andy Ward, Kay Bowen, Malcolm Ratcliffe and Sam Shaw. We’ll be following them in the magazine for the next few months as they train towards their personal cycling goals under the guidance of Team Wiggle’s Ben Simmons and we will be publishing their weekly trials and tribulations here too. For regular updates check our twitter page and the Team Cycling Plus facebook page

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