The arrival of Max on 5th January brought such joy after a number of months of upset, uncertainty and anxiety and Sally feels very lucky.
Sally is now back doing longer rides and eyeing a few races in the near future, including a Scott Mountain Bike marathon. She also hopes to some international races, hopefully with podium places by the end of the year. Possible races include the four-stage Alpen Tour – a race in Austria that Sally has won a few times previously, a UCI mountain bike race in the Czech Republic or the Dolomiti Superbike, Italy.
Although things have been largely favourable for Sally, there have still been a couple of health issues post-birth. A bout of mastitis led to Sally developing an abscess on her breast, and eventually making the difficult decision to stop breastfeeding.
For many women, juggling motherhood with an elite cycle racing training programme is not easy. However, Sally has the full support of her husband and other members of her family.
“Having Max has been amazing. It’s better than I thought it would be, and we’re quite blessed. He’s been a very easy baby so far.”
“I am really lucky in that my husband Dave is completely supporting me. He looks after Max while I’m training – which is nice for me to know that he is with his dad. My mum helps as well so that Dave can ride with me, and sometimes my sister looks after Max too. Without my solid support network, training simply wouldn’t be possible. I am also eternally grateful to my team, Canyon Topeak Factory Racing, and my previous team, Topeak Ergon for their support during my pregnancy.
“Motherhood has changed my life significantly. I do get tired, and my routine is completely different. In the mornings I used to have a leisurely chilled out breakfast with coffee while gearing up for the day’s training, whereas now I am changing nappies. It’s a different pre-training ritual but it’s very special!
“After my training ride, I used to just pull on my compression socks, put my feet up and enjoy a cappuccino and a naughty bit of cake. Now I rush to the door and feed Max. I don’t have much time for recovery, but it’s definitely worth it to see his funny little smile.
“I don’t think I’ll ever do anything slowly again. I’ve learned to do everything quickly. As for interval training, I think “pah”. If I can do labour I can do a five-minute blooming interval!”