Rocktape has without a doubt aided my latest win at the World Cup in Melbourne on December 2nd.
Since winning the Teams Pursuit World Championship in March, I had been looking forward to racing the World Cup for months. It was an honour to line up in the World Champion stripes in front of a home crowd at the Hisense Arena at such a prestigious International event. With the rainbow stripes, came the pressure to perform. Months beforehand leading into the event, I was focused on using this pressure as an incentive and something to gain confidence from to take out the win in Melbourne, and I knew there was only one way to do that: Train harder than ever before.
My history of back and neck pain meant this was going to be difficult. When you train on the rivet everyday, twice a day, your body is 10 times more prone to injury, therefore maintenance is very important. Since joining forces with Rocktape in October, I was able to finally complete the solid uninterrupted block of training I was chasing for 2 years. Without using Rocktape on a day to day basis, there was no possible way I was going to be in the form I was so motivated for, in Melbourne. There is nothing more frustrating for an athlete than having to fitness to perform, but being unable to produce the results due to chronic pain injuries.
For long hours in the saddle I applied Rocktape to both my lower back and neck/shoulders to act as a feedback mechanism to keep my relaxed posture maintained on the road. My program also consists of numerous rehab sessions a week in the gym to strengthen my back. During these sessions, I developed knee niggles. I was totally amazed the first time I taped my knee up. I went from sharp knee pains, to absolutely no pain whatsoever. Without this, the beginning of my 2011 season could have started off very differently!
I would like to thank all those involved with Rocktape, including Tony Stahl and Brett Dellar, for their consistent support, and helping me achieve this goal. There will be plenty more to come!