My training process is pretty intense for any competition. I don’t really run anymore, it’s easier on my body with just cycling. I’ve found that cycling is a bit easier on my body, but it’s still tough and intense. I train every day, sometimes twice a day. I weighed about 2-3 years ago 40-45 pounds more than I weigh now. Going to my first training camp for tandem cycling, one of the coaches asked me what I wanted to do, and I told him I wanted to compete at the national level and compete in Paralympics someday. And he told me “There’s 3 things you have to do. You have to get the right equipment, the right coach, and you have to lose weight.” And I said “Lose weight? What are you talking about?” And he said “You have to lose fat, but keep muscle.” So I did it, I started to go gluten and dairy free, and I lost about 40 pounds, and just the commitment of really wanting to do it and pursuing that goal, I had the ability, just needed to take the right steps. So that’s helped me get to where I am as an athlete. Also, it’s really kind of - you have to be focused and dedicated, which I am.
Because most of my training is indoors, on a trainer - I have a bike plugged into a trainer (like Flywheel), an actual bike that’s plugged into a bike stand that’s a smart trainer, so I can do my workouts and simulate what it’s like on the road indoors. That’s how most athletes who have visual impairment or are blind are able to train. Most of your training is done indoors on a trainer, which can be hard and boring or lonely at times, but you have to do what you need to do to get your training in. It’s tough because if you’re a single rider, you can go out and ride your bike, but if you’re in my situation, you have your tandem, you have to make sure it works for another person’s schedule - there’s more logistics that go into it, especially if you have a full-time job. The easy part is just getting on a bike and training!