Ian Field will aim for a top-20 position at the 2015 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, but knows that illness in December could hurt his chances.
Field originally aimed to reach peak form for a second time this season, but an enforced three week break has blunted his preparations for the race.
“From April my training was based around the Milton Keynes world cup – which went well – and the worlds, which went a bit wrong when I got ill for three weeks in December. That has hampered things a fair bit” Field explained.
However, the British Champion was optimistic that his form is improving – if not to the levels that saw him finish 12th in Milton Keynes.
“I don’t think in all honesty I’m quite there, definitely at the beginning of January the numbers had dropped off. Today was the first time I felt good for a while, so hopefully that’s just in time” Field said on Tuesday, following training.
Lining up for his seventh cyclo-cross world championships on Sunday, Field goes in with few expectations; “I’m not going to win the race” he bluntly assesses.
“So immediately the pressure isn’t really there – only the pressure from myself to achieve a top-20. It’s more of an opportunity to gain that rather than any pressure which is quite a nice situation to be in.
“Besides, things have gone really well this season. I set my goals and achieved an awful lot of them, so this would be the icing on the cake.”