Health Scare + Comeback

Callum Skinner | Monday 21st November, 2011

Hi everyone,


Its been a while since my last blog and lots has happened.


he most major incident wasn’t really cycling related but more to my health. I wont go into the details but the short of it was a very worried family, a number of blood tests and ct scans etc plus about a month off the bike at home in Edinburgh. This resulted me missing British Championships. However the original nasty diagnosis turned out to be false and the tests came back negative. I have now been back in Manchester training for about a month now. The consultants are still not to sure what caused the initial wrong diagnosis but suppose its good to know im fit and healthy and can get back to full on training. Id like to thank everyone who knew the full details and supported me though this difficult time.


A good bit of news through that month was that British Cycling have singed me for another year of academy. This was great news as the support they have provided this year has been so valuable to my success.


I also managed to make it along to the Bravheart dinner this year. What a brilliant event and great to see so much money raised for a good cause, meet a lot of you guys as well as other Braveheart riders and Dynamo! Thanks to the organisers.


Anyway after my month off I have now been getting stuck into training in Manchester for the last month that has been really tough trying to shake off the cobwebs. Throughout this time I have been desperate to get back to racing after missing Revolution 33 and British championships. Revolution 34 last Saturday offered an opportunity to get back in the mix. I didn’t really know what to expect going into the competition having had so long off the track and only a month back. Fortunately it went better than I could have imagined with a new Manchester 200m P.B. of 10.36. Certainly wasn’t expecting that! The sprint tactics still need a little polishing as I won one of my three sprint races and finished 2nd  the Kerin but I suppose not to bad for qualifying 4th. Overall I couldn’t have been happier to be back racing and posting a good time. (some pics from the weekend attached) Think you can also find highlights on ITV Player although don't think its up just yet.


Next for me is possibly Bejing world cup in January potentially my 1st senior international competition. Relishing the prospect of competing there, although selection is still to be decided, just need to hold onto my form from the weekend.


In the meantime you can follow me on twitter @CallumSkinner.


Thanks Callum Skinner


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