The last 7 weeks have been really good fun :D I like this time of year because I can ride where and when I want, giving me the opportunity to ride with friends and to search out amazing trails. I haven't followed a training plan and all of my riding has been off-road. I've ridden with some great people and found some brilliant trails in a variety of places including Sierra Nevada, South and North Wales, The Forest of Dean, Sherwood Pines, The Peak District, and The Surrey Hills. I've also had some technical coaching from Neil Donoghue at Llandegla, North Wales, which has really helped me to focus on essential trail skills (I'll write more about this soon).
Structured training starts again next week and I'm really excited to be heading off on a training camp to Club La Santa in Lanzarote, which is a great place for winter training with its smooth roads, amazing facilities, and lots of like-minded people. In the meantime I have one more week to relax before my 2012 training begins.