Procycling - - Prologue -

My last race of 2017 was the World Cham­pi­onships and straight af­ter I went back to Barcelona to en­joy a bit more sun and have fun with friends. Dur­ing the sea­son it’s re­ally dif­fi­cult to be at ease and re­laxed with­out hav­ing to worry about be­ing in good shape.

I al­ways take a cou­ple of days af­ter a sea­son to shut down my body grad­u­ally. I don’t stop train­ing im­me­di­ately be­cause I don’t think it’s re­ally good for your body. I do some easy rides then have two or three weeks with­out rid­ing, and then start pre­par­ing for the next sea­son.

I then flew to Poland to spend time with my fam­ily to make up for all the time I’ve lost dur­ing the sea­son. This year I’ve rarely been at home as I moved to Girona, and mostly I was fly­ing be­tween the races and Girona. It’s so nice, you re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the mo­ments you spend with your fam­ily and friends.

It’s dif­fi­cult when you al­ways have a sched­ule dur­ing the sea­son; you wake up, have break­fast and go for a bike ride. Then dur­ing the off-sea­son you have to rest. Some­times I strug­gle to find an­other ac­tiv­ity to oc­cupy my free time. My boyfriend en­cour­aged me to learn about dif­fer­ent things – I don’t know if you’ve ever watched TED Talks which are small shows on YouTube - but I’ve been watch­ing it a lot and try­ing to learn more about the world.

I feel like some­times I’m on a swing; some­times I am happy that it’s off-sea­son and I don’t have to do any­thing, then other days it is com­pletely dif­fer­ent. You are kind of lost, try­ing to find a pur­pose and some­thing to do. Your brain goes crazy be­cause you re­ally want to do some­thing but you have no idea what. I’m re­ally try­ing to un­der­stand my­self and what I want; once I’m happy to do noth­ing and once I’m up­set I have noth­ing to do. From Poland I’m go­ing to China for the UCI gala. I’ve never been there so I’m pretty ex­cited. We’re go­ing to stay for a bit longer, maybe fly to Ja­pan and then back to China – I’ve never been to Asia so I’m re­ally ex­cited to ex­plore. When I get back to Europe I’ll start with small prepa­ra­tions for next sea­son.

Wear­ing the red and white of the Pol­ish lag, Ka­sia signed o f 2017 at the worlds with ifth place

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