View outside Denver airport as Sandy Landed
By Sandy Ryan ►
Hi everyone, and thanks for subscribing to my Newsletter: the first of many.
Well it’s been a very busy week as usual, so I thought I’d do a run-down on what’s been happening, and where I’m at. First of all I need to be smart this year, smart on my training. I train with Kirk Gibbons who is my Strength & Fitness Coach. He’s also my go to guide. He’s like my second dad. He’s my go to person inside and outside of boxing. Everyone’s got one person in life who they trust, and he’s that guy for me. He prepares me mentally and physically, and get’s me in the best shape for tournaments. He’s the guy I give credit to really.
When I’m in Derby I train with Kirk in the mornings except for Saturday and Sunday at Broomfield College, Derby from 7.30am until around 8.30-9am. Then there’s the Training Camp in Sheffield which is Monday to Thursday’s, although with New Year this week was different. This week I trained with Kirk on Wednesday and then drove to Sheffield, my 2nd home, to train with the GB Boxing squad until Friday. As part of my routine I go to see physios often. This week they decided I needed to concentrate more along the cardio, strength and running side of training, to allow other areas of my body to recover. As such I have worked hard on the Wattbike, which is an indoor training cycle that gives cutting edge performance analysis, as well as strength work and swimming.
On Friday I drove back home to Derby and immediately had a nap, as getting the necessary rest is also very much an essential part of training. We have three daily training sessions. Before the first session we have to go to the Coach’s room at 7.15am to be weighed. Then we get on to the track, which also has bikes, for running and cycling. Once we finish we go back to the house where we stay. Team GB supply us with a house or accommodation literally just around the corner from Camp, where we all stay. I share my house with other Team GB ‘Podium’ squad members Natasha Gale, Ebonie Jones, Paige Murney and Lauren Price among others every week. We’re like a family. We sometimes go around to the lads house and cook food too. Then at around 11am the second training session begins which could be pads or strength work. Following that we go back to the house and have a sleep to rest the body again. So it really is eat/sleep/train/repeat. Then at around 3pm we are back in Camp for the third session of the day for a boxing session, although this week I had to do extra bike sessions, and work on my abdominals instead.
So on Friday I drove home for around 2.30pm, slept, and set my alarm for 5.30pm, then went to the Nuffield Health Gym who are one of my sponsors, at the Derbyshire County Cricket Ground, where my Coach Kirk does spin classes on Thursday and Friday nights from 6pm. Following that it was back home to cook good food to finish off the week. The weekend was taken up with swimming, and yoga at Hotpod Yoga. Hotpod Yoga in Derby are another of my sponsors where I can attend whenever I need, to improve strength, balance, flexibility and relaxation for the mind. On Sunday I was invited to attend a football match with Derby County Ladies FC as a guest against Stoke City Ladies, after which I immediately got straight back into training with a 32 length swimming session.
So following the weekend, Monday was spent with my usual early morning start to training for the day. Tuesday, again training early morning in Derby, was followed by an interview at the BBC Radio Derby Studios with Match Day Football Commentator Ed Dawes, where I spoke at length about why 2019 is my biggest year so far, and what happened during 2018, (see ► https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06xhzdh ). Later that day I was picked up from home in Derby by Paramount Chauffeur Services at 5pm, and whisked off to Heathrow to meet up with Team GB again, where we stayed in a hotel overnight. Wednesday was a train-free day, as I flew to Denver, Colorado, USA at 12.30pm, arriving at 10.30GMT (3.30pm MT), connecting for a journey of a further 2 hours to the USA Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs, so it was 12 hours none stop travelling in all that day. I’ll remain here for 12 days doing intensive altitude training with the team, together with the USA Olympic Boxing Team who will be sparring and training with each day.
Thanks for subscribing guys, and look forward to speaking again soon… UP THE RAMS!