Jess Law | Pushys Sponsored Athlete
Australian Masters Track Championships, Perth
Sport: Track Cycling
How did you get into the sport?
I started track cycling when I was 31 after my son was born having never really done any cycling before. I trained for sprinting and my first race was at the UCI Masters Track World Champs in the UK. It was a baptism of fire, I was so raw and green but I was hooked. I just kept wanting to improve and really enjoyed the training and racing. As I got better I started being selected for Elite state teams and also rode for a professional track team at two World Cups which made me ineligible to race masters for a couple of years. After some niggling injuries I decided to just enjoy myself and focused on racing as a Masters cyclist again. I am lucky I have had great support from my husband, son and family which has helped me continue the journey. I have met some wonderful inspiring people and made some great friends along way – an added bonus!
What is the hardest thing about my sport?
It can be quite a juggle with family, work and training. In Australia we are blessed with indoor velodromes in nearly every capital city which is great for racing, but travelling is expensive and so is the equipment. As a sprint cyclist we do lots of strength work in the gym and on the track so with this comes the risk of injury of which I have had my fare share. But when you really love to do something you can find a way to get back out there!
What does regular training involve?
When I was training as an elite cyclist I was driving from Albury to Melbourne twice a week for indoor training – but those days are gone! As you get older and more experienced in the sport you learn to train with quality and recover well. At present I am doing 3-4 road rides a week, 1 track session and 1 rollers or ergo session. As well I do 2 gym sessions. As I get closer to an event I will do 2-3 track sessions and less road work.
How do you keep motivated?
When you love doing something it isn’t too hard. But it is important to mix up the training so you don’t get too stale. Having good support from family and coach helps! I also set myself new challenges in training and racing to help focus.
What are your plans for 2016?
For 2016 my goal is to go back to World Masters Track Champs and race to the best of my ability. I am working on my endurance so this should help. I have also just become involved in a pilot cycling program with Cycling Australia and Soldier On, being an ex-servicewomen it is great to be able to give back to the soldiers and their families. I have also started coaching which is great for my own development as a cyclist.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
“Consistency is the Key”