From Rhys Verner – So far my 2015 season has had a lot of ups and downs. The season started out great with lots of fun training and cross-training, including hiking and skiing.

After a solid start with my training in Victoria with the national team, the season took a drastic turn.  I developed mono at the end of February. It was a very frustrating time and came with a long recovery but with the help of my doctors, coaches, and parents I was able to make it through with my head up and I was determined to get back to where I needed to be.
My recovery took me off the bike for two months.  Just one week ago I was given the green light from my doctors to get back onto the bike–four days later I managed to secure two silver medals, one at the Sunshine Coaster and the other at Round 1 of the BC Enduro. The following week I had an even better race finishing 5th in elite men at the Ore Crusher in Squamish.

Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 10.01.03 PMI am very motivated to come back stronger then ever and continue on with racing throughout the rest of the season. My next race will be at Monte Tremblant, Quebec for the first Canada Cup. I am feeling better and better every week and hopefully I can carry on positive race results!
One thing I like to do when racing is just try to have as much fun as I can–and that usually means being active on my bike. I really enjoy descending, so I find that the downhill sections are where I start to find my groove. One piece of advice I can offer is to always remember it’s not over ’till it’s over. Racing is so unpredictable, so even if you get dropped or are down and out, just hang in there because you never know what might happen. For races I like to get my bikes as light as possible so I take anything excess off my bike, every little bit counts!

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