Pin­ing from the side­line

Cycling Weekly - - COLUMNISTS - EL­LIE DICK­IN­SON El­lie Dick­in­son is a GB track cy­clist

I spent my fi­nal week of July 2020 in hos­pi­tal with ap­pen­dici­tis and I started my first week of Au­gust 2020 hav­ing my ap­pen­dix re­moved.

Cer­tainly not how I imag­ined to be spend­ing these few weeks of what I hoped would be the Olympic year, but has any­thing in 2020 been how any­body ex­pected? (if yes, then do please get in touch be­cause I would love to hear your re­li­able pre­dic­tions for 2021!)

There isn’t much to dis­cuss when it comes to ap­pen­dici­tis, other than it hurts a fair bit, sleep is min­i­mal in hos­pi­tal es­pe­cially with an awk­wardly placed can­nula, hos­pi­tal toast is nice, star­ing at the clock doesn’t make time go any faster, a doc­tor telling you they will be back in the next half an hour means you will see them again within the next 10 hours, and no mat­ter how hard you try you CAN­NOT stay awake with gen­eral anaes­thetic.

Although since be­ing in hos­pi­tal it has re­ally made me ap­pre­ci­ate how mega it is to be fit and healthy, and how more of­ten than not the tini­est things are taken for granted...

First up, I miss wak­ing up and de­cid­ing what de­li­cious­ness I can load my big bowl of por­ridge up with – my over­whelm­ing choice would be a dol­lop of my grand­mas home­made jam, a ba­nana and topped up with a hand­ful of mixed nuts.

I miss mak­ing my­self ner­vous for my ef­forts, I miss choos­ing my train­ing playlist/pod­cast, I miss hav­ing to charge my Garmin, I miss the mad rush to find my heart rate strap when I re­alise I have for­got­ten to put it on un­der­neath my 100 lay­ers. I miss the last hour of a de­cent ride or press­ing lap for the fi­nal time af­ter too many ef­forts, I miss the ‘file up­loaded’ no­ti­fi­ca­tion when I get in and I miss be­ing able to moan about be­ing too tired!

Maybe by the time I come to write my next col­umn I will have to be sip­ping my fourth cof­fee of the day to keep me awake as I will be so tired from a big train­ing block I have strug­gled through.

Thank you for read­ing and re­mem­ber, en­joy the lit­tle things! (Apart from your ap­pen­dix).

When you’re out of ac­tion, day­dream­ing’s the next best thing...

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