We have been catching up with Jayden Randell from T-Mo Racing to find out what he has been up to and how he has been coping with training in lock-down.
Prior to the Corona virus, I was on year one of the Borders College/ Dirt School mountain bike course. It has been the best 7 months of my life so far, having moved up to the Tweed Valley in August with my family, going to college to study Enduro racing, riding more than I ever have before and living on the doorstep on some of the world’s best trails. So it’s really sad to have my first year on this course come to unexpected early close, and all the training we’ve been doing over the winter have no end goal of racing at the start of the season, which would have been in March.
In the current lock-down were all under, going fast down hills with mates isn’t on the cards for the time being, so I’ve been trying to mix up the training a little bit. Feeling pretty lucky to be living in Scotland at the moment, and with the endless hills we have around us in the valley, there still isn’t any excuse not to get out and stay fit. I’ve been enjoying getting stuck into some trail running recently, it’s a perfect way to go and explore some places I wouldn’t usually go around here, so that’s been a great way to mix things up. I’ve also been spending a bit more time on the xc bike to keep the miles up. Not seeing my mates every day is a big change really. Riding on your own is good for a period of time, but real progression happens through learning off each other, so that’s the one thing I’m missing the most.
Even though we can’t go into college, the workload hasn’t changed, so I’ve just been trying to stay on top of work sent to us online for the course. Unfortunately, the two Dirt School rides a week can’t be done online, so that will just have to wait until things get to back to normal again :) It hasn’t been that hard to stay motivated, because I know how awesome its going to be once things clear up and we’re back at the races. I planned to do the full British Enduro Series this year, as well as the Scottish and TweedLove series. Just keeping the fingers crossed that some of the races can kick off later in the year!