“I’ve seen an asthma attack celebrated by a coach before as a sure symbol of commitment and hard work”
Olympic and world champion, Katie Archibald got into cycling after winning handicap races on a Highland Games grass track. She writes a column for Cycling Weekly each week
I tried so hard on the turbo this evening I thought I’d given myself a nosebleed. It was in fact just a gushing stream of sweat and snot; how disappointing.
I’ve never been the type of rider to bury myself to the point of body breakdown (nosebleeds, vomiting, fainting). All are hideously impractical yet rarely acknowledged as the biological faults that they are.
Instead, such outcomes garner praise. I’ve seen an asthma attack celebrated by a coach before as a sure symbol of commitment and hard work. I’ll let you assess that how you please.
Only once have I thrown up after an effort. Well, one effort. I was sick repeatedly for the following few hours. I was age 19 and it was after riding an individual pursuit that qualified me for the Commonwealth Games (trivia: Team Scotland criteria for the 2014 games was sub 3.41 for a 3km pursuit; for 2018 it’s 3.36).
I was convinced that something special had happened in my life and I had now learned to try hard. In fact I’d just gone out for a fancy breakfast too close to the effort. What I’d learned was that spinach leaves