Blog post written by Anna Boggi, UK Team Manager
This was the earliest the team had been up and about it didn’t dampen the team’s spirit.
We arrived at the parking lot where the cycling was due to start. It was a very hot and muggy morning.
First up were our road cyclists – they went off at 07:30 on the dot and complete six laps of a 5.5km course. This course was very technical and unfortunately a few of the other services had had some accidents on the practice course. Mark Airey spent a lot of time with our team throughout the training sessions, teaching them how to handle the corners, where to steady up and where to put on the gas.
The road cyclists roared around the course. You could see how much effort they were putting in - they left nothing out there.
After a short break we had the recumbents out. Justin Henderson was flying. It was clear how much it meant to him. The concentration on his face was incredible - all his efforts were well received and he finished second in his category. When he went to collect his medal, the whole team could see how proud he was – a very well-deserved gong.
Maria-Theresa Miles also scooped a medal in her category. She picked up the Bronze for the women’s recumbent race. Maria-Theresa had never been on a recumbent before this trip - she was due to ride a road bike, but due to pain at the beginning of the week we tried her out on a recumbent and it was sheer bliss for her. She said afterwards: ‘I have never felt so free from my pain, I could give everything I had an enjoy it. For once I am enjoying cycling again.’
It was great to see her pick up a medal for her efforts in the race.
The whole team then had the afternoon off. Some went out to see the sights of Chicago and some took some well-earned rest.
I spoke to Craig Monaghan that afternoon on how he felt the time here at the Warrior Games was going. He told me: ‘For me the Warrior Games has been tough, fun and mentally testing but a good step in what I and my family think will help me in the right direction. It’s been nice to be around people in an environment where nobody judges and everyone’s just sticking themselves out there for each other when it comes to competition time.’
It’s another early start for the shooting tomorrow but we are all one team and will all be there to cheer them on in the rifle finals. We then head to the United Centre for the wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball finals.